Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

It’s Friday! (Okay fine it’s actually Saturday but let’s pretend, k?) I’m glad. It’s been a long week of heat, trying to get the motivation to pack, and trying to get work done amidst babies who don’t want to nap and the lovely four-month sleep regression (woof).

This Friday’s favorites are brought to you by the new house. I’m looking forward to a fresh start, and while I was initially nervous about the amount of downsizing and simplifying we have to do, now I’m excited. I find it stressful to have clutter everywhere, and I feel like a smaller space is going to enable me to be much more intentional with my purchases.

Plus y’all? We have way too much junk. I don’t even want to admit how much stuff we’ve already thrown away or set aside for donation and we’ve done, like three rooms and the barn. All I’ll say is that I was right to buy the box of fifty giant black trash bags. I’m so glad we have a dumpster because that sucker is full. Also  my husband is a feed sack hoarder, judging by the dumpster’s current contents.

I’m going for neutrals-with-a-ranchy/Mexican-twist. Like J. Crew and Joanna Gaines went on a vacation to a New Mexican ranchero. Also Dolly Parton came along because #bighairismyfave.

Onward.

Favorite frill: Frayed bathroom rug. Our current bathroom rug situation won’t work in the new house, and I love these! Pretty, but not so girly that Bert will notice them, and grey, but the detail makes them interesting. Plus it’s on sale. I may have to pull the trigger and order one!

bathroom rug
Favorite Hide-the-Junk Solution: Big Lidded Baskets. I’m getting two of these to go under the (seriously cool) console table a friend built for us. We’ve never used the table in this house–although I don’t know why–and I’m so excited that it will finally be in our house! But back to the baskets. I’m planning on using these for the boys’ toys. Since we don’t have a playroom in the new house like we do in our current one, I wanted a way for toys to be accessible but also easy to put away and hide. I’m planning an excursion to Home Goods soon to see what I can find that’s similar (but less expensive, let’s get real).
big basketFavorite Art Inspire: Bright Cow. I’ve needed something to go over our bed forever, and never pulled the trigger because nothing felt right. In the new house, I’d like to have a painting or drawing over the bed and this one is almost right. I’d love a painting of a longhorn but everything I’ve found has been too expensive or not quite my taste. We’ll see! We had a ranch party last night and our boss’ two daughters are both wildly talented artistically, so I’ve asked them both if I could commission some art from them, and I can’t wait! I think my longhorn dream may come true after all!

cow
Favorite Deck Inspire: G&C’s Light-Covered Porch. My greatest wish for the new house is that we can build on to the current deck so we have a place to entertain outside. My bones tell me that we’re moving to a good neighborhood (aka a good 50 square miles ha), and I’d love to have a big ole porch with comfy chairs and a bar cart for when we have guests over. Also, there are a lot of rattlesnakes where we’re headed, and it would be nice to have an additional worry-free play space for the boys since we use our deck a lot here. And the string lights have been a dream of mine for many a year now, so I think now is the time!
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Favorite Crib: Gulliver crib from Ikea. Bert has refused to break down and set up our current crib because it was a horrendous pain to deal with and it has an attached changing table that makes it awkward to fit in smaller spaces, so we’re just going to get a new one. I like the clean, basic simplicity of this crib from Ikea, and it doesn’t break the bank. It’s actually fairly similar to one from Land of Nod that’s like, $700.
gulliver crib

Favorite Pillows: I‘m thinking a combination of all three of these (first, second, third), and maybe something graphic thrown in? I know it’s a design “duh,” but I like pillows being the “pop of color” in a room because well, you can change it in a jiff aka for Christmas in November. mexican pillow 1mexican pillow 2

pillow

Favorite Paint: Neutral. I’m boring when it comes to paint because every time I’ve tried to be exciting with a yellow or something I’ve hated it. I just have a bad eye for paint! But, our house right now is painted Revere Pewter and I love it. I’m not a fan of bright white, and the grey mellows everything out just enough. Now, the problem is that recently I’ve seen lots of Gray Owl and I love it, too. I don’t know which to pick! I showed my mom and she asked “Well, do you want one that’s more brown or one that’s more blue?” Yes.

Neutralpaint colors (1)Favorite Can I Get Away With This? Is This Too Trendy? Does This Make Me Look Fat?: Peppercorn doors. Okay. I’m not that trendy, but sometimes things are trendy for a reason. Like this new craze of painting interior doors. But I’ve always loved painted front doors, and our doors get so darn dirty with little boy hands and big boy cowboy boots that the idea of painting them a dark color is ever so appealing. Worth noting: Peppercorn is almost always paired with Gray Owl in Pinterestville and Instagramland. Food for thought.

peppercorn
Favorite I’ve-Had-This-Pinned-For-Years-But-Never-Done-It: DIY Restoration Hardware shelves. I love the look of these shelves. They’re masculine, rustic, unfussy, and look relatively easy to build. I’m thinking maybe in the boys’/guest bath!
rustic shelving
Favorite Bathroom: Fixer-Uppery Little Bath. I just love this little bathroom. I don’t remember exactly what the bathrooms in the new house look like, but once we’ve lived there for awhile I’d love to try a take on this!

small bathroom

It’s the weekend, I hope y’all are weekending! And that you have something lovely planned, even if that’s just a refreshing drink on your porch or a trip to some haven that has slushies. See you next week, and thank you for reading!

Friday Favorites

Five on Friday/Sunday

buster 2 monthone: Buster turned two months old on Monday and I cannot believe how big he is! He’s gained over 4 1/2 pounds and three inches since he was born, and has inherited my large head. He’s very nearly into 3-6 month clothes, and is starting to sleep more predictably which is a dream. He laughs, coos, and smiles constantly, and eats like a horse.

Fitbittwo: Bert got me a new Fitbit for Mother’s Day since my old one (that he got me for Mother’s Day two years ago) was dying and Fitbit gave me a great coupon since it was past warranty. I LOVE IT. They fixed everything that bugged me about my old one (not being able to see active minutes without looking at my phone, not being able to choose my workout, the goofy charging cord, not being able to replace the band since that’s all that was wrong with my old one, etc) and added some really neat new features and made it looks more like a watch, and I LOVE the interchangeable bands so it doesn’t always have to look so fitness tracker-y. I use mine daily so it was really sweet of him to replace it–and with a really pretty one! Now if someone could figure out how to make a tooled leather band…

brothersthree: dressing Buster in Wacey’s little clothes kills me. Upon seeing this picture, one of my friends commented that Buster’s starting to look more like himself, and maybe a little more like me? I agree on the former, and would be tickled if the latter were true, although their daddy’s a pretty darn good-looking guy so I’m not complaining if he favors him too. They definitely look like brothers, though! I think Buster has more of my coloring though, if nothing else–lighter hair with darker eyebrows and lashes. We’ll see–it’s sort of fun to speculate what he might look like but I’m probably wrong on all counts, since I thought Wace would look like me and he looks just like his daddy.

little missfour: I still can’t get enough of Little Miss. Something about baby horses just makes me want to camp out in the bushes with leaves taped to my head so I can watch them all.the.time. “Every breath you take, every move you make, every branch you break, every step you take, I’ll be watching you…” Not creepy at all, right? As it is, I’m going to bust out the big lens next week (Miss has Little Miss holed up in the trees and willows since the weather is so sucky right now so I can’t even see them to spy on them) and I can’t promise I won’t tape leaves to my head.

bean boots
potholes
blizzardfive: the weather outside is weather. By which I mean the weather is currently masquerading as Winter. So while y’all are all over Instastories with pictures of your kids at the splash pad, we’re breaking out the boots and coats again. Although, I don’t completely hate it, because I got to wear the Bean Boots that Bert (say that five time fast)  got me for Christmas for only the second time since I was so darn pregnant at Christmas that I couldn’t bend over to lace them up. It was lovely. The roads are a mess, and Bert had to move cattle in a near-blizzard on Thursday (the pastures they were in are full of oak brush, which can be poisonous to cattle if consumed in large enough quantities, which is more likely when the grass is buried by two feet of snow). But, much of the snow is already melted and you know it’s gonna be green when it warms up next week.

April showers bring more snow, I guess!

Friday Favorites

Five on Friday

stroller cows

one: hallelujah the spring weather is back! We had a lot of snow and rain over the past week, and yes we needed the moisture and no I have no control over the weather but gosh we were going crazy. I’m glad to get back to going on walks in the morning with both boys and be able to play outside to shake our sillies out rather than having to deal with boredom- and confinement-induced toddler tantrums. We branded today and it actually got hot.

exercise selfie

two: shout out to my amazing husband, who kept the boys two evenings in a row so I could go out for a half hour of exercise. I’ve been trying really hard to stick to my workout routine, but it’s hard when it’s too cold to take Buster in the stroller, and naptimes are reserved for work only, so the treadmill hasn’t been happening (plus b.o.r.i.n.g.) Thankfully, Bert’s supportive of my quest to get back into shape a little faster this time (I miss my old pants!!!) and I’m still feeling the effects of two hard solo workouts in a row days later.

essie gel

three: one of my greatest friends is having her baby shower this weekend, and I’ve been planning my outfit for a while–dressing the postpartum bod with a limited wardrobe is no joke, plus I’m Type A. And, this is one of those social situations where I want to feel and look my best. We’ve all been there, right? Those gatherings where you don’t have anxiety, necessarily, but maybe it’s a group of people you don’t see much, or maybe it’s a little out of your comfort zone,  and you want to give yourself a little confidence boost. My outfit is planned (no boots and jeans for this fancy affair!), but I’ve always found I feel more put together when my nails are done. I’ve been meaning to go and get my nails done for months and months, but who has time for that, especially when the closest (and not the greatest) nail salon is twenty miles away? So I scooped up this little gel situation from Amazon and I can’t wait to try it! It’s gotten rave reviews from my friends and from beauty bloggers, so I’m excited to see if it will truly last a long time. Just to be safe, though, I’m waiting until after branding to do my nails. I’ll report back!

bb dress

four: speaking of dressing the postpartum bod, I had a little bit of sleepiness-induced trigger finger and ordered this dress from Brickyard Buffalo at around four am yesterday. Brickyard Buffalo is a flash sale site like Jane, but I find their items to be a little more unique and classic. I’ve seen dresses like this everywhere, but they’re always sold out, so you’d better bet I grabbed this one while it was in stock. It’s got full short sleeves, pockets, and a flattering cut, and I’m pretty darn excited for it to get here. I haven’t worn dresses in years, since they’re not that practical on a ranch, but I want a few items that are easy to wear while playing or running errands with the boys that will fit while I’m losing the Buster Belly. I’m trying to be very intentional about new clothing purchases as we, like the rest of the free world, are spring cleaning and bemoaning our (okay my) lack of discretion when it comes to certain purchases. Many Goodwill sacks and a huge ThredUp bag later, I am determined to only buy clothes that are filling a need, will get worn to death, or replacing a current item in my closet, and I think this will fit right in!

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five: #loveyourvillage. Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and this is such a beautiful idea. I balk at Mother’s Day being a gift-giving, must-have-brunch holiday. A gift is lovely, but most moms I know want a few things, in various forms, that aren’t gifts: recognition and appreciation, a little time alone, and a day where they don’t have to cook or clean. Being a mom myself, I know that just a little of these things goes a long way. So, love your village. Send a little card or give a little gift or bouquet to those gals in your life that get you through, or gift your mama friends the Coffee + Crumbs book, because it’s really lovely.

Happy Friday, and Happy Cinco de Mayo! I don’t think we’ll probably be having tequila, but I might go super #basic and make fajitas tonight like everyone else, plus I have a bunch of cilantro that’s about to go bad. Plus fajitas are deeeelish. And thanks, internet, for making me talk about fajitas after a dusty morning of branding because now I really, really want a marg.

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites on a Saturday

Happy Saturday! We’re snowed in, for the reals, and I’m trying very hard not to be annoyed by it because we need the moisture but it’s basically May so can’t it just rain?!? I’m ready to be able to reliably take the boys outside every day since my main workouts involve sun and the stroller. But, it’s basically May, so I’m holding on to hope that next week’s dismal weather forecast will give way to some sun and warmer temperatures soon. We were so spoiled with a mild winter that being stuck inside in the spring is tough this year!

So, I’m sitting on the sofa, thinking about anything besides the weather, which always involves a little Pinterest dreaming. Here are some things that have me going today!

Favorite Bedroom: Grey and White. I’ve been trying to figure out how to finish our bedroom for like, years. I don’t know exactly what direction I want to head with it, but we’re going to need new bedding and linens this year (I, like everyone else, am in love with this bedding), so it’s time to figure it out! I love the look of this room because plaid is my spirit animal and it looks comfy and cozy without looking unattainable or fussy. I’m thinking whites and greys like this since that’s the direction we’re heading, but with some pattern mixing and maybe a little color–this is a little too white for me, but I love the feel! And that rug. Swoon.

dream bedroom

Favorite Fashion: This lace duster. I just love it. I love things that are super feminine and versatile but that can be worn with jeans and boots, because that’s my life haha.

dusterFavorite Hair Accessories: Knotted hairties. I wear my hair up almost every day, and lately I’ve been wanting something a little prettier than your standard hairtie to pull my hair back with. These are gorgeous!

hairties

Favorite Goals: An organized closet. Ugh, don’t you wish your linen closet looked like this?? Although, does anyone have this many extra pillows? I need to invest in some baskets (and new pillows) because I’m tired of looking at falling-down stacks of sheets and towels!

linen closet
Favorite Sweet Treat: Madeleines. In the winter, I want chocolate and apple pie and thick, dense bars for baked goods and treats. In the summer, I want light and fluffy and simple, and madeleines always fit the bill. I’ve only ever made traditional ones, but this makes me want to try new kinds!
madeleines
Favorite Libation: MIMOSAS. Okay, I’m not big on alcohol, especially alcohol that tastes like alcohol. My mixed drink of choice is a whiskey sour, my favorite beer is Hoegaarden, and I like margaritas, but my favorite, favorite drinks all involve champagne because like plaid, champagne is one of my spirit animals. I think I drank 2+ bottles by myself at my sister-in-law’s wedding. As it gets warmer, and I’m not pregnant anymore, I’ve found myself wanting to sip a little champagne something every now and again, and mimosas are my very favorite.
mimosa
Favorite To Buy: Promptly Journals. I need two of these, please. They’re a little pricey, so they’re definitely a splurge for me, but I plan on getting one for each of the boys. I’ve been writing down snippets here and there, and keeping track of milestones with pictures, but I love the idea of having a book to hand them when they grow up. Being their mother is already the best thing I’ve ever done, and I want them to know.
promptly journalFavorite Baby Item: Shea Baby Boots. Hold the phone. Hold. The. Freaking. Phone. Have you seen these??!? They’re actual leather crib boots that are cowboy boots that are actual leather boots for babies. I mean, come on. I’m seriously thinking about getting this pair for Buster (and any subsequent siblings since they will probably last forever) for the fall, since all of Wacey’s crib booties are basically shot.
sheababy boots

Favorite “You Get Me” Thing: Sorry I’m Late shirt. This happens on a regular basis, so I need this shirt. That way, I can just point to it instead of offering up explanations as to my tardiness. Alternatively, I can point to the boys, and Wacey can moo, but that’s not quite as clear.
sorry I' late
Favorite Words: “Oh, there you are.” I don’t experience that overwhelming rush of adoration and attachment the very moment I give birth–like a lot of moms, it takes a little time (something that no one seems to talk about). But then, one day, I realize that I am completely in love with this tiny human, and it feels just like this.
soul
Favorite Wishlist Item: Withings watch. I love my Fitbit Charge HR, and wear it every day. My only complaint is that it looks like a fitness tracker and when it’s time to replace it I want something a little sleeker. The keeper on the band of mine broke this week, so I think my poor old Fitbit is going to bite the dust sometime this year. Just out of curiosity, I was looking at what’s out there now for fitness watches since a lot has happened in two years! I came across this Withings watch and I love how it looks and doesn’t scream “Fitness Watch!”, and it has a heart rate monitor which is something I use constantly. This one will definitely be in the running, along with the new Fitbit Charge HR and the Blaze, both of which now have interchangeable bands. What’s a gal to do?
withings watch

Friday Favorites

Five on Friday

BOB
one: the double BOB. I am LOVING this stroller, y’all. If you’re on the fence, just go out and get you one (or start hunting on Craigslist ha). Granted, I haven’t tried very many doubles (you know I researched the heck outta them, though), so I’m not an expert, but I love ours. My favorite features? Those glorious sunshades that mean I can take Buster even on windy days since the shade fits right up underneath the carseat’s shade so he’s in a warm little cocoon, and the fact that it’s so light and easy to steer!

two: wedding fun. Tomorrow is Bert’s cousin’s wedding, and our first formal outing as a foursome. The boys have matching shirts, I’m wearing a gorgeous skirt that makes me feel so good, which is a postpartum miracle, and the weather’s supposed to be good, so I’m looking forward to it. Almost all of Bert’s family will be there (which is saying something, his mama has seven siblings), and it will be fun to meet some of them that I’ve never met before. We’ll be missing his sister and her family, though, but she’s got to stay close to home since she’s due with her second babe any week now (we love you aunt Cait!)

pregnant Miss_LI
three: this gal. Is so pregnant. We’ll start watching her for reals in a couple of weeks, but if you’ve ever been pregnant, you know this stage, and you feel for anyone who’s in the thick of it.

Buster sleeping
four: I weighed Buster yesterday for funsies, and he’s officially over 11 pounds since I got a big fat “Err” on our kitchen scale…that only goes up to 11 pounds. I know comparing them is silly sometimes, but I’m still in awe at how big Buster is. At two months, Wace weighed 10 lbs 1 oz, so we’re working with a whole new level of chunk this round! I’m so excited to see how Buster is doing at his two-month appointment in a few weeks, since around two months is when Wacey really started to pack on the pounds. Also: this is his “It’s 10 pm I’m ready to party” face.

five: last, but so not certainly least, my little sister is in town! She lives in Nashville and hadn’t met Buster yet, so we’re so excited she’s here. I subbed in a trip to town this morning (okay, an excuse to go get coffee and go to the library) since it’s too cold to take Buster out on a walk, and it was so fun–we used to go to get coffee and to the store for picnic lunch supplies all the time, so it was like I was seventeen again…except with two babies. Right.

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Ranch Baby Gear

As we’re preparing for Little Brother’s (increasingly) imminent arrival I’ve been looking at baby gear because I can’t help myself, and because there always seems to be something new and snazzy. I have a lot of tried-and-true things that would be staples no matter where we lived, but that’s not the case for everything. I keep finding that so many of the new “cool” things are not quite for us, either because it’s not our style, or more often because there’s no way it’s going to hold up or be very functional where we live.

collage

To wear:
Like every other mom ever, I’m all about Sleep N Play footies (especially for the first month or two–that’s all Wace wore–with zippers preferably, snaps are hard while sleep-deprived!), and Carter’s onesies. I like Carter’s stuff for babes because it fits well, and holds up to a thousand washes,and you can find solid colors without something stupid on the front.

Another essential? Muslin swaddles. We have a bunch of Aden + Anais ones, but I would still love some more that fit our style just a little better, like this horse swaddle, or the bison one I can’t stop thinking about! They’re great as a light blanket, a nursing cover, or as a carseat/stroller cover when, say, you’re at a rodeo in the day and the sun is blinding. Again, they also wash well!

Since ranch babies can’t always stay inside even when the weather sucks, it’s so important to me to find things to keep our boys warm if we all need to be at the barn. I love the sack version of the Carhartt coveralls, and this George hat is great–so soft, and fits a little baby head perfectly.

For bigger babies on up, it’s all button-downs and jeans over here, and I love that most brands have matching shirts in both toddler and infant sizes. Jeans are essential even before the kids walk because sweatpants stain and get holes in them much too easily around here! I like button-downs because you can layer them over a t-shirt to deal with changing temperatures (and they’re adorable), although I don’t dress my babies in collared shirts much before they’re a little bigger, because bibs+collared shirts result in weird situations! For jeans, we like Oshkosh the best so far, and we’ve also had good success with Wrangler.

The bull wubbanub is our fave. Wacey’s had two (maybe three?) and we’ve never lost one! They’ve just become casualties of puppies and rough treatment, haha.

For Feeding:
Feeding our kiddos needs to be portable. With Wacey, I didn’t make nearly enough milk and he was all formula-fed by four months. I’ll try nursing again this time (I got a Medela Pump In Style since I hated my Ameda pump), but if it doesn’t work, we’ve got the formula system down! The formula dispenser keeps pre-measured amounts of powdered formula in a no-spill, easy-to-dispense canister, and this water bottle keeps water hot for like, days. We bring a bottle of hot water, and a bottle of cold, and mix it to the right temperature. Toting water is necessary because often our drive is long, or wherever we’re headed (like a rodeo) may not have easily accessible, drinkable, or warm water, so we bring our own!

For the nursery:
We keep the nursery stuff simple, but there’s a couple of things I have come to love. A sound machine is clutch, and comes in handy every day, and when traveling. I love One & Done wipes because they’re literally a miracle–they don’t dissolve when scrubbing hineys or faces, and something in them is like, the best on-the-go stain remover.

Since we’re outside so much, I slather everyone in sunscreen (don’t worry, I wait until the baby is old enough), and I like this one for the littles (the bigs sometimes use it, too!). I like that it doesn’t have a ton of junk in it, and goes on a little white so I can make sure I applied it everywhere. I actually preferred Honest Company’s, but with the debacle a couple of years ago with people discovering that their kids were getting burned while wearing it, I don’t use it anymore. I’m sure they’ve fixed the problem, but it’s lame that it happened and we live at a higher altitude, so I don’t take chances.

I’m sure you’ve heard me wax poetic about Tubby Todd–their All-Over Ointment is the only lotion that works for Wacey, and I just stocked up on shampoo and lotion for Little Brother. This baby fresh spray, though not as used as our other TT stuff, is so great for tiny babies and I still have a bottle from when I used it with Wacey. To me, newborns smell delicious, but their clothes smell like sour milk, I smell like sour milk, the carseat, blankets, etc., smell like sour milk, and after awhile I feel like we all just stink, especially if we’ve had a full day in the sun and are all packed into the truck for a long ride home. Enter this spray, which *doesn’t* smell like sour milk. It smells like heaven, and makes us all seem a little fresher.

For Mama: 
This isn’t exclusive of ranching families, but I find it to be especially true in their (our) situation: you need to carry the baby, but have both of your hands free. Whether this is because you’re at the barn, or a branding, or a bull sale, or because you’re fixing dinner for the crew, or because you have a wild toddler about to fall in a huge pile of cow poop, carrying babies hands-free is necessary. For this, as you know, I am a devotee of the Solly Wrap and the Ergo 360. Both are easy to use, wash up well, and work amazingly. I’ve considered the Ergo Performance with the mesh inserts since the 360 can get hot, but we’ll see how into being worn Bub is.

Again, also not exclusive of ranching families, but definitely something to consider, especially with more than one baby: a huge diaper bag. Whenever we go anywhere, I don’t always have the option of easily running back to the car for a change of clothes/more diapers/snacks, so I bring everything with. This can be a mess, and can be a pain. Enter the Lily Jade Meggan bag. It’s the biggest one, and converts to backpack carry which is so, so necessary. Better yet, it’s beautiful and durable (cloth diaper bags do not hold up well around here–I have a beautiful Vera Bradley but I don’t want to destroy it further so I keep it in the car), and fits and organizes so many things.

Strollers. Why is it so hard to find the right one?! This is where the “cool things that don’t apply to us” happens the most, because I see all these beautiful strollers that convert from a bassinet to a seat, or have the option of adding another seat, or have leather handle grips, etc–and they all have teeny tiny wheels or fussy fabric. So, my solution is that we basically only use a jogging stroller, plus I need one since I walk so much. With Wacey, I use a Jeep single that I love, but as soon as you get into the realm of doubles, everything changes. I have my heart set on a (used) double Bob (Revolution Flex) because: lots of reasons. Big tires. Made for rugged situations like dirt roads, rodeos, barnyards, and maneuvering at the mall at Christmas. Independent canopies that extend extra far, so that each kid can choose how much sun they get, or none at all. Swivel/lock front wheel, because the ones that don’t swivel are a nightmare unless you’re an actual long-distance runner (I am not) and only use your stroller for that. Attachments for everything, including carseat adapters, snack trays, and extra drink holders for up top. In addition, there’s the one-hand maneuvering, an adjustable handlebar, huge underneath storage, and durable material. Plus it fits through doorways.

Basically my stroller unicorn, especially if I find one under my $300 budget. We’re going used because I can’t stomach spending two car payments on a stroller, and there seems to be a decent availability on Craigslist. When and if I find this unicorn I will shout it from the rooftops!

Other things we love: big minky blankets because they’re soft and warm, and thick enough that you can spread them on grass and not get poked. An angel friend of ours made one for Wace, and sent one for Bub and one for me a couple weeks ago and of course I cried when I opened the box. A cute ranchy option here! We use an Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper as our bassinet (another great thing to Craigslist), partially because it’s portable, and I’ve already posted the bibs I bought for Bub. We also have a Boon Lawn that we love, and with Wacey we used Dr. Brown’s bottles.

Whether you’re in town or not, though, there are so many options these days to fit both your style and be functional for babies. I am so grateful that we have more options than primary colors and things covered in bunnies for my babes, especially when I can integrate my own style into the things we use most. It honestly makes me feel more like a human when I’m not surrounded by not-too-baby-looking baby things, although we have our fair share of those things, too. Also, it doesn’t hurt to have a few pretty things, especially as a boy mama.

Happy Friday! My littlest bub is kicking the snot out of my side and my biggest bub is hollering at me from his crib, so that’s my cue!

 

 

Friday Favorites · Fun

Less Formal Friday (okay, Saturday) Faves

I had almost a whole “Currently” post written, and went back and re-read it, and holy complaining, Batman! I’ve hit the point in my pregnancy where I can’t quite keep a handle on my feelings (and there are so many feelings), and things have felt a little out-of-control and stressful lately, but I don’t want that to be the new normal for the next few months. It’s so easy to fall into the deep, dark pit of “I hate everything.” But, I don’t like being in that pit, and it’s not fair to my boys for me to be in that pit.

So I scrapped that post, and instead I’m going to share some positive, happy things, although I am a day late and a dollar short. Ah, well.

Oh, baby things. They never cease to give me the warm fuzzies. I can’t wait to get my hands on some of these bibs! We loved having bandana-style bibs for Wacey–they seemed less bulky and easier to manage, but I was washing all of his baby clothes for Bub and most of them are so milk-stained that I think we need new ones. In my search for non-stupid bibs, I came across this etsy shop and I’m in love! I tend to dress my babies in plain onesies, too, so these are perfect.
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We don’t do “push presents,” but I am gifting myself a pair of new moccasins (I’ve talked about them before, I know), because my old ones are shot and since I’ll be living in mocs from the moment we leave for the hospital to the moment I feel like a human again, I think it’s an appropriate investment. I know a girl that got a BMW as a push present, so this isn’t quite on that scale, but they do look prettttty cozy, and I love the blue. After the spend-spend-spend of the holiday season, I am trying to be so much more mindful of what I spend money on, but I’ve done my research and these are perfect. Now, LL Bean, please have a sale. Love, me.
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Women's Wicked Good MoccasinsWomen's Wicked Good Moccasins
Wacey’s SECOND (what?!) birthday is in a few short weeks, and I’m so excited about the present we got him–a sandbox! He got so many gifts for Christmas that we didn’t feel the need to go crazy for his birthday. I found this one for a great deal at Target, and yes, it’s a little cheesy, and I would have preferred a wooden one, but it’s going on our deck (to help mitigate the rattlesnake situation) so we needed one with both a bottom and a cover that’s easy to move around. We’re not doing a big birthday party, but we’re going to spend the day doing what Wacey wants to do. I’m envisioning balloons everywhere, chocolate donuts for breakfast, spending most of the day at the barn, and a trip into town for frozen yogurt and chicken lo mein.

Or just six hours in a tractor. You know.
sandboxValentine’s Day has never been a big holiday for us since we’re always calving, but I have to admit that I love Valentine’s candy. I’m trying hard to cut back on the sugar as it exacerbates these wild mood swings, but when I do indulge I love to have a little heart-shaped box of chocolates, or some conversation hearts. I’m also really interested in trying Halo Top ice cream as part of this new effort!

I also picked up some craft supplies today to make a few Valentine’s banners for around the house, and I’m so looking forward to some pink festiveness in this house full of boys!

Also in the less-sugar realm, I’m back to drinking more tea instead of Starbucks Via Refreshers as my caffeine source. I don’t know why I ever stop drinking tea, because I really do love having a mug of something hot, and the no calories/no sugar (I drink it black) is really a big bonus. I have a couple go-tos (Bigelow’s Plantation Mint and Constant Comment), and I discovered that Amazon carried their Green Tea with Mint so I ordered a big box it’s so good. I love mint tea, my tummy loves mint tea, my mood and head love caffeinated mint tea, we’re just so happy together. My favorite decaf option is, of course, Celestial Seasonings’ Peppermint.
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You know what else I love? Finding new shops to follow on Instagram, new podcasts to listen to, and new books to read. New additions: Southern Fried Chics Boutique on the Insta; Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me and Pantsuit Politics for podcasts; and Hidden Figures, Sudden Death, Evicted, and the Magnolia Story are on request at the library. The latest episode of the Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey featured Anne behind Modern Mrs. Darcy, and expanded my must-read and must-listen-to list exponentially!

And, of course, I’m still living in my jogger sweats. If you’re pregnant, get you some. Seriously.

I hope your Saturday was wonderful!! I am not going to talk about politics much here, but I will say that I hope your day, regardless of what you did or who you voted for, was about being proud to be an American, and the rights that we are so blessed to have in this country, and not about being hateful. I hope that we can all be tolerant of and kind to one another no matter what–I hope this also extends to your friends and family who voted differently from you!

On that note, it’s Documentary and Dessert night here in the Johnston household, so we’re keepin’ it classy with Milk Duds and Oreos with a side of a documentary about ISIS. I know, it’s hard to not be suuuuuper jealous of and intimidated by our rockstar lifestyle.

….#parentlife.