Thursday, October 16, 2014

SOME THINGS I HAVEN'T TOLD YOU



i haven’t been completely honest with you all for the last few months. things have been going on behind the scenes of love, the campbells that only my family and friends know about and I couldn’t open up about it for safety purposes to my little family. i also like to keep this space happy and bright and not focus on the negative so i haven’t wanted to say much or sound like i’m complaining. i’m finally at a point where i feel comfortable with opening up and letting you all know what life has thrown on my plate lately.

remember when i mentioned that andrew got a new job and we’d be moving to alabama once we sell our house? well he actually started his job down south in the beginning of august and has been traveling back and forth every week. there’s been a couple times in the duration that he’s had to work weekends and at the end of september he headed down there and didn’t come home for three weeks. 

luckily addison is a pretty easy going baby but man has this been a hard season for me. we have had dozens of house showings where i’ve had to have the house looking picture perfect and disappear with the baby and the dog, sometimes during bed time or nap time. i’ve had to make sure the house looks 90% spotless before I leave the house for work every morning because sometimes a house showing request came through during the day for a showing within the hour. we had an offer on the house and home inspection that went as good as it could and then buyers who backed out the day before we were supposed to leave for alabama to house hunt for ourselves. plane tickets were cancelled and andrew took off to alabama once again two days later for three weeks straight. house showings started up again and i started living in what felt like a museum like house one more time. in the meantime, i’ve dealt with some foundation things, a fabulous retaining wall, daily talks with our realtor, big stuff decisions to be made, relocation paperwork.

then a week ago, one of my car tires got a nail in it that couldn’t be patched up and a new tire had to be put on. insert half day of vacation from work spent at a car service place. it was the frosting on the cake so to speak. i finally broke down a few days before andrew came home and just prayed it would be over. i know this is only temporary and we’re in the middle of the ugly part of the story. eventually we will get to the end where everyone lives happily ever after in one place but this middle…it’s ugly. i prayed and prayed to god that he would grant us a little more peace in this season of life.

i’m not interested in any more surprises. no more flat tires or house problems or people who can’t make up their minds. i want someone to love our house and say yes we will take it and love it, flaws and all.

i have to admit though; i never would have been able to do all of this without the help from our families. they both have been mighty terrific with helping and with addison and jack and house stuff when i didn’t know what to do. it’s been a true blessing to know we have their support and care through all of this stuff that’s been going on and i’m so grateful we have them around like we do. 

now do you see why i didn’t say anything until now? it’s a good reminder that behind all the glamorous blogs and beautiful pictures, there’s a life and season that not everybody shares. we all go through the tough stuff and it’s how you deal that can keep you afloat.

Monday, October 13, 2014

HOW WE SAVE MONEY WITH A BABY (AND HOW YOU CAN TOO)

babies are expensive.  simple as that.  we didn't realize how expensive they would be until we started doing the research about products and stages of life and oofta...those dollar signs just kept multiplying like crazy.

we do our best to try cutting down as much as we can but with a baby, it's hard stuff sometimes.  here are a few things we have done to save a little bit of money with having an eight month old.
we make our own baby food.  when i got the cuisinart baby food maker a few months back, i was determined to put that thing to good use and it sure has got a lot of use since addison started solids at five and a half months.  every two weeks, i set some time on a saturday or sunday to make as much baby food as i can get my hands on (usually about three to four weeks of food).  i put the food in small containers (or ice cube trays) and freeze them until we are ready to use.  it's a little time consuming but saving us so so much money at the end of the day. plus we know exactly what is in the food addison is eating.
at least 75 percent of addison's clothes have been thrifted.  babies grow so so quickly and the prices for brand new clothes for children is absolutely outrageous.  i grew up thriving for summer simply for rummaging with my mom and now i am constantly going to rummages or thrift shops looking for clothes for addison.  you can find some real steals and if you dig a little, the prices are incredible and the clothes are so cute!  any stain can come out eventually and as long as you do a little washing before your little one wears it, those outfits will be as good as new.
we go places with addison that are free.  we take addison almost everywhere with us and it can get expensive if we let it.  when we do things as a family though, we try to do the things that are free.  the zoo is free for kids two and under in milwaukee, picking out pumpkins at the pumpkin patch costs nothing (except for the miniature pumpkin addison insisted on getting), we go to the park across the street a lot to play on the swing set, and taking walks is one of addison's favorite things to do before bed.  it might be easy now to do free things with her but i know it's going to be more challenging as she gets older so i'll definitely have to expand my ideas then.

this post was inspired by the folks over at Dollar Shave Club who save you time and money by sending you quality razor blades to your door for a $1 a month!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

WORDY WEDNESDAY

thankful for cozy fleece jackets for babies and a back door landing that is just the perfect size for the stroller when our baby falls asleep on walks and i can’t muster up the courage to wake her quite yet.

reading books on what other options of food i can give addison now that she is eight months (today!!). she started drinking water out of a sippy cup on sunday and i whimpered a little about how she’s so big already.

feeling like i may be getting a little sick but i really don’t want to be so i’m powering through it with the help of orange juice and vitamins.

thinking about our house and crossing my fingers that things work out as planned in the next month. if all goes well, we will be moved out by mid-november if all goes well.

eating/drinking anything that fits into my little 21 day fix containers and that’s on the food plan and drinking water with lemon juice and white chocolate mocha’s. i can’t get enough of those lately.

watching parenthood and how to get away with murder are so deliciously good. i’m still watching desperate housewives when i’m caught up on my new shows. i gave last man standing a shot this weekend and oh man is tim allen stellar. he’s just as funny as i remember him to be in home improvement. such good stuff. are you watching any good shows lately?

listening to elise’s podcasts. they’ve pretty much taken the place of music for me. she’s so inspiring and uplifting and makes me want to get out a conquer the world.

loving the brisk mornings. i’m going to miss this fall weather so much when we move down south. i live for sweaters and changing leaves and crisp mornings. there really is nothing in the world better than this time of year.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

PROJECT 1 / TASSEL KEYCHAIN

i am prone to loosing my keys. it's not a recent thing either. i have been losing my keys on a weekly basis since i was 17 years old when i got my drivers license. impressive i know. when i started this 28 before 29 challenge, i knew i had to make myself a big floofy obnoxious keychain that i would be able to find easily. lo and behold came this tassel keychain.

it was fun to make and so easy. i took a few pictures as i went along but if you're looking to make a tassel keychain for yourself, you can find the full instructions on ann-maries site.
i made the pink on for my sister and the orange one for myself.  i could have just done one color i suppose but the color with the white gave it just a little something extra that it needed. i've been using mine for two weeks now and i can always find my keys now! plus it's a nice distraction when i need something for addison if we're standing in line at the grocery store.

Monday, October 6, 2014

A FEW ITEMS OF A MISCELLANEOUS NATURE

and now for a phone and camera dump-y kind of post.

1. well first there's these yarn tassels.

i made these puppies last weekend and hung them over addison's changing table.  they are working like a chaaaaaarm.  the minute i lay her on the table she is just amazed by them.  they are jusssst out of arms reach because when i originally put them up she yanked two of them down immediately so up they went.
so yarn tassels.  you're awesome.

2. a girlfriend and i saw gone girl last friday and holy bejeezus it is so so so good.  i want to see it again. my book club picked this book months back and read it and as i was watching the movie, i am quite positive i never finished the book. i don't remember half of it and especially the ending.  i need to read the book again before i watch the movie (again).  but honestly watch it.

but i don't recommend taking your boyfriend with you or if you're newly married, you might want to give your guy a heads up on what he's getting into before you see this.  there's your warning, take it or leave it.

3. in the meantime, addison turns eight months in three days and is she in a growth spurt ever. she took a nap the other day for three hours!  i mean i kept checking in to make sure she was breathing because my goodness i thought her giraffe blanket and lovey bear might have smuggled her.
i'm literally obsessed with making food for her in the cuisinart food maker that i got. once i pull it out every veggie and fruit in sight gets chopped up into little bitty pieces and put into containers for lunch. a few weeks ago i was on a roll and went into the fridge and it was plum empty.  i couldn't believe it.  i had chopped even my fruit and veggies for the week for lunches. it is addicting.

and she's doing baths in the big kid tub these days.  i've never seen so many rubber ducks and bubbles in my life.  she eats it up like not other and could spend hours in the tub.

4. i want to talk about fall for a minute now. last weekend it was pushing 80 degrees and addison was dressed up in the cutest outfit that i prayed she'd get at least one wear out of when i bought it.


we went to the park for a little swing set action and then found the most magnificent tree with colorful fallen leaves on the ground for her to play with while i (remembering my nikon!!!) snapped some pictures of her.

it was perfect.

this weekend? dreary and 45 for a high.  well, yesterday was at least.  today was actually pretty perfect weather but i was inside almost all day so i don't count that one since i didn't go out and enjoy it.

but even though it wasn't ideal, i still made is over to the farmers market and it was stupendous. and it was with my dad.  so that was even better.

5.  i started the 21 day fix last week monday.  i'm loving it so far but i have to admit this weekend i pretty much cheated all weekend long.  plus when i moved on to disc two, the disc started skipping and i couldn't do those workouts.

with my food and exercise setbacks, i'm turning it into a 31 day fix and praying to god i stay strong over these next three weeks.  i took a before picture so maybe(?) i'll actually see results.

who knows.

if it ends up being something i stick to, perhaps i'll write about it.  let's see if i finish this off though before seeing if anyone would be interested in me posting about the 21 day fix.

6. i never did a recap of the renegade craft fair.

actually this one isn't going to be one either but i did find some terrific pictures on my phone with my girl shannon that i had to share. because it was seriously one of the best most fun days i've had all summer.


7. two week ago my sister and i went to sur la table and we made the most scrumptious food ever.
just wearing some aprons because you know...we cook these days.
this butternut squash and goat cheese tart was out of this world.
and these chicken skewers.  and shrimp with cilantro sauce on top. it was all so so good. of course i say i'm going to make these again some day but really?  who are we kidding?

8. here's a bunch of random tidbits too.  this bag right here?
my sister found it after cleaning out her closet and realizing she didn't give it to me for my birthday. is it not the greatest bag ever!?

i had the pleasure of having a movie night with one of my girlfriends and her pup and he was just a love.  jack was trying to figure him out the whole night and elvis had some trouble settling down because he didn't have a landing spot (aka bed) but we managed to make do.
would you look at that face?
meet the new steve jobs.
we're mastering the selfie, one park visit at a time.

and now i am out of photos! we made it!

i'm pretty sure i've met my addison picture quota for the year.

the end.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

SHOP TALK: LOU BEE CLOTHING




these are the sweetest little girls clothes i've ever seen. the stylish cut out tank and the printed leggings and the chevron hoody.  my goodness.  i'm dying.  go check out the rest of the goodness here.

and is this little mini model not the cutest thing ever? oh man...melts my heart!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WORDY WEDNESDAY


thankful for a date night with my sister last week.  we went to a cooking class at sur la table for my birthday and had four of the most delicious small plates ever. i'll definitely be making those again in the near future and when i do, i'll be sure to share them with you all.

reading this blog a lot lately. i've followed erin on instagram for so long but never checked out her blog until recently and now i.am.hooked.

feeling beyond stressed lately. there's a lot of work stuff and personal stuff going on and it's really wearing me down.  i know god won't give me anything that i can't handle though and this too shall pass so i keep trying to remind myself of that. i kind of feel like the above picture lately.

thinking about participating in the conscious closet challenge.  i've thought about doing this for a while but when i saw natalie talk about doing it, it sparked my interest, when i heard elise doing it, i started researching more about it and now that i hear anna participating in the challenge, i am pretty much going to do it myself too.  i'm just not sure when yet because if i start it now and we end up moving in a month or two, that's a different weather change and man what a mess that would be. i think i'll start it when we are moved and finally have a permanent home state for a while. stay tuned.

eating/drinking water with lemon and brussel sprouts. i forgot how much i loved those little bites of green until a few days ago when i steamed some up. tastes so awesome!

watching the season premieres of shows again!!! i watched the season premiere of parenthood last week and oh man was it a good one. i can't help but think though every time i watch an episode we are just that much closer to the end of the show.  it makes me sad that this is the last season. bridget took a poll on her facebook two weeks ago about starting up a fundraiser to save parenthood...anyone in?  i thought it was a genius idea! i also watched how to get away with murder.   did you see that one too?  i thought it was pretty darn terrific so far.

listening to semis driving by and the hum of the heat because it's 6am and there is no movement in this house besides the clicking of my fingers on the keyboard.

loving feather pillows and down comforters.  the good blankets came out to play for fall and winter and i am now wondering why i ever put them away.  they're so cozy and delicious and i melt whenever i'm under them.

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