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Friday, June 22, 2018

Meal Plan

I am constantly on the hunt for new meal ideas that are easy, healthy and don't consist of a million ingredients I don't have on hand. I'm really bad about finding a food I like and eating it ALL the time until I get burnt out. I ate two scrambled eggs with a slice of whole wheat toast covered in strawberry jelly and a cup of coffee for breakfast for three years. Y'all... I need to switch it up, haha. Here are some of our go to meals that are not fancy at all and so easy to whip up in case you are in need of some new ideas! 



Breakfast
Omelet made with ham, cheese and cherry tomatoes. 

Oatmeal 


Lunch 
Salad topped with leftover grilled chicken, strawberries, feta cheese and sunflower seeds. I love to use sweet vidalia onion dressing with that combination! If I don't have any chicken on hand I'll use deli turkey and a hard boiled egg as my protein.

Grilled chicken wrap with spinach, tomato, cheese and avocado. 

Zone Perfect bar and an apple with peanut butter 


Dinner 

Grilled BBQ chicken with grilled pineapple paired with roasted squash/ zucchini and grilled corn on the cob.  (summer time favorite!) 

Baked Tilapia OR Salmon paired with roasted broccoli and brussels sprouts and a sweet potato 

Black Bean Quesadillas 


Like I said, nothing fancy AT ALL. These are our go to meals that we eat pretty much every week. I am always on the hunt for new ideas to add to the list so PLEASE let me know your favorite! 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Newborn Favorites 0-2 Months

I can.not.believe my baby is almost two months old!!!! Time has just flown by. I always love seeing what other peoples favorite baby items are so I thought I would share some of the things that have made life so much easier for us the past two months with a newborn. All of the items on this list we use daily. 






We have this exact rock n' play and it is worth every penny! We have used this every single day, multiple times a day. Anna Claire sleeps in her bassinet beside our bed but she naps in this throughout the day. We keep it in the living room and it's great to have a place to lay her down. For naps if I swaddle her, give her a paci, turn on some white noise and put her in this she falls asleep within 5 minutes. It is also great for traveling since it folds up flat.







I was so confused on what gear we really needed between a rock n' play, swing and bouncer. I was hesitant to purchase a swing so when my friend offered to let me borrow hers I jumped on it. Now after using it I realize how essential it has been for us. We will be purchasing another one for baby number two! Anna Claire started using this daily when she was about three weeks old. We put her in it as part of "play time" and she LOVES it. We crank the swing up to its highest setting and it will keep her occupied for a solid 20 minutes which is great if you are cooking dinner, doing laundry, etc. She also found the star mobile and it is the CUTEST thing I have ever seen. She gazes and just smiles away at the stars the whole time.  Just that look alone is worth the money! I often see these at second hand baby consignment stores so be sure to look there because they can be pricey.





While we LOVE our Aden and Anais swaddle blankets (another must have) they are not as secure at swaddling as these velcro Swaddle Me swaddles. Without a swaddle on, Anna Claire will only nap for about 20 minutes before she wakes herself up with the typical newborn startle reflex. These prevent that and help her get nice long stretches of sleep. We tried other brands such as Woombie and Halo (a close runner-up) but these have been our favorite! They are also so much easier to use than a traditional blanket like they use in the hospital.



I don't mind admitting I'm obsessed with our infant carseat! When you are a first time mom registering for baby gear can be confusing. One of the questions I had was if I should get an infant car seat and then later on purchase a convertible car seat or if I should skip the infant seat and go straight to the convertible seat. I learned that it is worth every penny to get the infant seat!! After tons of research we chose the Chico Key Fit 30 and I LOVE it! If you follow along you may remember that Anna Claire and I were rear ended by another car when she was just a month old. She was buckled in this car seat and it kept her safe and injury free which is by far the most important thing. Another thing I love about this car seat is how EASY it is to take it in and out of your car. It literally clicks in, clicks out... It's so easy. There have been several times when she is sleeping and instead of waking her up to get her out of her car seat we just remove the car seat and snap it into our stroller (Baby Jogger- City Select, which I also love) and go about our business. I love it and would purchase it again in a heartbeat! 




When nothing else will calm our little one being worn in the Solly Wrap will. She LOVES to be worn and I love it also! It is also so convenient if you need your hands free. You can often find Anna Claire hanging out in the Solly while I make breakfast or walking out to the pool/beach when my hands are full carrying a million other things.   


I purchased a Puj tub for the sink and this Angel Care one and the Angel Care is by far my favorite. The Puj always came unsnapped mid bath causing Anna Claire to start falling over. We love the Angle Care and she LOVES bath time! 


Baby Dome



snoozing away in her baby dome! 


This is the only product on the list that we don't actually use daily but it has gotten tons of use and has come in so handy. This baby dome blocks the sun and keeps Anna Claire nice and cool when we are outside at the beach, pool, beach music concerts, etc. I place my battery operated stroller fan in their and she naps away and stays nice and cool. It also folds up and is SO easy to carry. If she had been born in the winter this item probably would not be worth it but for a spring/summer baby it's great! 

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Other honorable mentions that we love and can be found all around our house, in the stroller, in the diaper bag and pretty much everywhere we go: pacifiers, Aden and Anais swaddle blankets, diapers and wipes (duh) but we have been most impressed with Pampers and lansinoh disposable nursing pads if you are breast feeding (especially until your milk regulates these are a must). 

For fun I asked Justin his top 5 baby products to get a dads point of view and he was pretty much spot on with my favorites- swaddles, pacifiers, rock n play, swing and burp cloths. (: 


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Weekending- Fathers Day

A day late but that's okay! I can't miss recapping our first Fathers day weekend as a family of 3! We had the best weekend split between guys time for Justin and girls time for me and family time the rest  of the weekend. On Thursday one of my life long best friends and her mom (my "second" mom) came to town for a girls weekend. We took it easy on Thursday and spent Friday walking, catching up, grabbing some seafood and attending happy hour. They got lots of baby cuddles which is everybodies favorite these days. On Saturday mom offered to watch Anna Claire so I could lay out on the beach for two hours which was so nice! We have these girls weekends occasionally and they are always so good for the soul. Justin was busy that whole time working, grilling out with his friends and golfing which worked out perfectly. 

On Saturday night I said my goodbyes and headed home to start Fathers Day celebrations. We went to dinner with Justin's parents at a new restaurant called Oyster Rock. On Sunday I made Justin breakfast and Anna Claire and Henson gave him his first Fathers Day gift. It has always been a special holiday but it is just that much more special (and fun) now that Justin is a daddy! We went to church for the first time since Anna Claire was born. She was an angel and slept the entire service. We stopped by a new brewery on our way home to play some Uno and have a drink then headed home to watch golf the rest of the day. We ended the weekend with a walk around the neighborhood and an early bedtime. It was perfect! 












Happy Fathers Day Justin! We love you! 




Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Anna Claire- Newborn Photos

Oh my goodness... I can't believe I forgot to share Anna Claire's newborn photos on here!! I debated long and hard if I wanted to hire a photographer and ultimately decided to wait until she is just a little older and have professional pictures taken then. For these my sweet sister took them using my Cannon EOS Rebel camera and they turned out great! I could just eat up every squishy newborn roll on her!!! 







her hair!!













Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Catch Up

It was a busy week last week with company in town and traveling over the weekend so let's just dive right in and catch up! 

  • Our sweet girl has no shortage of monogrammed items thanks to Justin's cousin, Carlee.  Her monogrammed diaper covers are my favorite! 
  • Last weekend we attended my families reunion in my hometown. It was so nice to see all of my family that we only get to see once a year. They all loved meeting Anna Claire! It was also the second time my grandmother got to meet AC. She is her only great grandchild and she is just so smitten with her! 
  • While at home we celebrated an early Fathers Day with my dad since we won't see him next weekend.




  • Last week my sister was in town the first part of the week and my best friend Ashley visited the second part of the week. I loved catching up and having them here! We ventured out when Ashley was here for lunch and drinks on the waterfront.
  • I also attended a girls night where I left Anna Claire for the first time. Justin watched her and she did sorta great. Aka screamed half the time and then did great the second half. I was only gone for two hours but it was so nice to let go of the mommy role for a bit! I'm going out to dinner with two friends tonight and we are going to try again. Fingers crossed for a smooth night with no tears! 
Anna Claire with her aunt Ginny! 


All the cuddles, all the time (: 




Monday, June 4, 2018

Weekending

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! The sun was out and the weather was nice which made for a perfect beach weekend! On Friday little miss and I stayed in most of the day cleaning and reading. We have been following the moms on call schedule and she does so well on it! Friday afternoon we met some friends at the Ocean Isle Beach concert to listen to some music and grab dinner.



On Saturday Justin played golf so I headed to my moms house and took advantage of free babysitting to lay out on her dock for a bit! Right now Anna Claire eats every 2-3 hours and I am still exclusively breastfeeding so I can't be away very long. It's nice to be able to lay on the dock and know she is just a few steps away if she needs me! That night we went out for dinner to celebrate Justin's cousin and uncle's birthday. Once again the weather was perfect and the view was gorgeous. My sister and brother in law have been traveling and they got to our house about 10pm to stay a few days. 




Anna Claire's bodyguards 


Sunday we had good intentions of making it to church, again, but it just didn't happen. Hopefully soon!! Instead we all packed up and headed to moms house again for lunch and for a beach day! Justin was sweet enough to stay back at the house and watch AC so the girls could sneak away to the beach for about 2 hours. By the end of the weekend I was slightly sunburnt and full of good food with a heart full of family time. That is the best kind of weekend in my opinion! Now my sister is visiting until Tuesday and my best friend comes into town on Wednesday so it will be a busy week! 

I could just eat her up!!!!