Five on Friday

::: Glossier Cloud Paint :::

Cloud Paint Duo contains two Cloud Paints.

I went with puff and beam 

I have always loved a liquid blush - and this one is my new favorite. I like both colors that I got - I ended up going with the sample pack (for $30) in order to determine my favorite color, but I couldn't tell you which one I like better! They go on so smooth and easy, they stay on, and a little bit goes a long way.

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I don't know if I've shared this - but I made a twist on Liz Adam's mushroom turkey burgers - I added thawed frozen spinach, and they were SO good.

So easy, really filling, healthy and quick to make! I would highly recommend! 

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My book club last week had a really cool opportunity to facetime with the author, Steve Pemberton, of A Chance in this World. The book is incredible .... I actually listened to it on Audible which I loved because it's Steve who is reading it. The book is incredibly inspiring, motivating, and heart wrenching. 

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The weather has FINALLY turned here in Chicago and I am ALLLLLLLLLL about it! It's been SO nice to get outside, take some wagon rides, play on the swing set, go for walks.....life is GOOD when it's not 15 degrees outside! 

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The kids have spring break this week, and so a few family friends and us are renting a house in Galena while the kids are off school. We are SO excited for a fun trip with friends! We plan to hike, hit up a few cute breweries, maybe do some bowling, swimming, and anything else we can do while enjoying mimosas with our dear friends! 


Drew - Month 15

I literally feel like I just wrote her 14 month update - HOW DOES TIME KEEP MOVING FASTER?

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 1 month ::: 2 months ::: 3 months ::: 4 months::: 5 months::: 6 months ::: 7 months ::: 8 months ::: 9 months ::: 10 months ::: 11 months ::: 12 months ::: 13 months ::: 14 months ::: 

Weight: +21lbs? Your 15mth appointment is in two weeks 

Clothes: You are pretty much in 18mth clothes now, size 4 shoe and size 4 or 5 diapers

Nicknames: Drewbie, Drewbs, and Drewbo, DD, "princessa" 

Sleep: We are trying again to drop your morning nap - you've been doing great this week and been going down around 12:45 and sleeping until about 3 which is perfect! 

7:15am - We wake you up most mornings with an 7oz bottle
8am - breakfast
10:30am - playtime 
11:15am - up, playtime, bath, snack, etc.
11:30am - lunch 
12:45pm - 3:00pm - Nap
3:15 - snack and some milk in a sippy cup
3:30-5pm - play
5:30/6pm- Dinner
6:30pm-Bottle, normally 6-7oz
7pm - Bed

Health:  You've had a little runny nose this week but overall - you've had perfect health and we are always thankful for that. 

 Crying: You are our happy little thing - but you will cry if you want something and you aren't getting it. Yesterday, you started crying in front of Leo because he was having a snack and you weren't, and I sat back laughing, because he would give you a pretzel, and then you would be happy, and two minutes later, come back to him, start crying, and then he would eventually give in and give you a pretzel. 

You have us all wrapped around your little finger my girl. 

Feeding: You love food and you're still a great eater. The one thing that is different from Leo to you is that you LOVE pouches. I can get any food pouch into you - which is awesome and super handy! 

Likes: This month you've really started to love books. You light up when I read stories to you, and you love to turn the pages and bring different books to anyone who is willing to read to you. 

You love being outside, you love your brother, you love balls, you love music and dancing, and you love being around people.
Dislikes: I honestly can't think of anything. You're delightful. 

Milestones:  New words this month: papa, grandpa, ball, ro-ro (for roscoe), and I think we heard you say "bubbles" when we were at the gym, which is what we say when you sanitize your hands. 

Places You’ve Gone: We were home for most of this month, but we leave tomorrow for a little weekend getaway with friends to Galena! 

Leo: BFF's


Weekend Recap

We had kind of shitty week last week.

On Monday, I woke up, and instantly knew that I was barely going to be able to make it from my bed to the sink to brush my teeth. I felt like total shit. I begged Joel to stay home that morning, just to give me a few hours to see if I could power through it after dayquil and some extra sleep, but at 10am, I was still feeling like crud, so he took the whole day off to tend to the kids.

Thank God.

Tuesday morning, Joel woke up feeling like total shit. I wasn't out of the woods, by any means, but I at least felt like I could rally to be with the kids. Joel stayed home from work, stayed in bed most of the day, and I did my best to keep the babes happy until our babysitter showed up.

Joel and I both felt better on Wednesday, and then on Thursday, after parent teacher conferences, decided to go out for a date. It was lovely - at one of our all time favorite spots....but something I ate bothered me, and at 3am I woke up and was violently ill. Not fun - but thankfully, after I got it out of my system, I was ok.

Friday, all was seemingly normal, and we went to my parents for happy hour/dinner. When we got over there, Leo started chattering - looked really white - and then over an hour just totally nose dived. I took him home before dinner - stuck him in bed with gatorade and a movie - checked his temp (103.9), and basically decided that this week was just shit. 

Thankfully, Saturday morning, he had slept through the night, woke up with a much lower fever and actually felt great, and we were able to salvage most of the weekend. I went to the gym Saturday morning, hit up the grocery store, and then went to my moms house for happy hour with my sister.

That night, my girlfriend Jenna and her husband Zach came to spend the night with us. We made tacos and once the kids were in bed played darts for hours. 

We had such a blast and basically fell into bed.

Sunday morning - Jenna and I snuck away for a dance class at my gym - my MOST favorite class of the entire week - and then came home to hang for a cup of coffee before they headed out.

Joel and I did a few things around the house....we hung oars in Leo's room, and brought a new couch base down to the basement. I had stopped at a garage sale at a local preschool on Saturday and had bought that red bookshelf for FIVE dollars along with a puzzle organizer for THREE dollars, and literally felt like I had won the lottery. 

 (*pretty cool note about these oar's: my mom found that at an antique shop in Lake Geneva, Wi. and we used them at my wedding and my baby shower for Leo. Now they hang in my 3year old son's room.....insane).  

We spent the rest of the day with my sisters, we walked, had drinks, talked, and just hung out before we ordered pizza and they went back on their way.

I will say, as much as it sucks to get used to the new time change - I am SO happy to have the sun shining at 6pm. It gave me SUCH a pep in my step tonight, I cannot even tell you! I am ready for you Spring!!!!!!! 


ohhhhhh, Mexico

You guys, take me back.

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We honestly had the best vacation in the world. 

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Everything, and I honestly mean everything, went off better than I could have expected. 

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The flights were on time and decently smooth, the car picked us up at the airport with two car seats installed (this gave me anxiety for whatever reason), our condo was perfect (had pack and plays and high chairs), we brought the right stuff, was able to grocery shop and create our own mini home, the kids transitioned perfectly, acted perfectly, stayed perfectly healthy, and we had SO much flipping fun.

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It does. NOT. get better than that.

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I'm so thankful for this trip. It was so much fun to be with my whole family, my babies, Joel, in one of my most favorite places in the world.

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I only wish we could go back tomorrow. 

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Drew - Month 14

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 1 month ::: 2 months ::: 3 months ::: 4 months::: 5 months::: 6 months ::: 7 months ::: 8 months ::: 9 months ::: 10 months ::: 11 months ::: 12 months ::: 13 months :::

Weight: +20lbs?

Clothes: You are pretty much in 18mth clothes now, size 4 shoe and size 4 diapers

Nicknames: Drewbie, Drewbs, and Drewbo, and now, after Mexico "princessa" 
Sleep: We dropped your morning nap last month....and then we added it back in. When we dropped it, you weren't giving me any longer of an afternoon nap (only 90 minutes), and it was a fight to get you to 1pm, so for now, we're still doing two shorter naps. The morning one is about 40 minutes, with your afternoon nap still about 90.

7:15am - We wake you up most mornings with an 7oz bottle
8am - breakfast
10:30am - morning nap
11:15am - up, playtime, bath, snack, etc.
12pm - lunch 
  1:45pm - 3:00pm - Nap
3:15 - snack and some milk in a sippy cup
3:30-5pm - play
5:30/6pm- Dinner
6:30pm-Bottle, normally 6-7oz
7pm - Bed
Health:  Our health for most of the month was perfect, thank God! We all are working through a cold right now - the first one that really knocked me down, too, which isn't fun - but we're getting through. I was keeping my fingers crossed that we all stayed healthy while on vacation, and since we did, I'm okay to rally through this cold at the comfort of our house.
 Crying: You are a lovely little happy baby - but you now know when to use your cries for what you want. Or, what you don't. It's actually pretty darn cute and funny. We are all pretty much mush in your hands.
Feeding: You love food - and you are still a great eater for me. You've mastered all straws which is great for smoothies and water bottles, you like most vegetables, most fruit, most proteins, and all the carbs.

Likes: This month, you've really started to love music. You love to play music, you love to dance to music, and you love to sing to music. We love it. 

You loved the pool, sand, being outside, playing with water toys, and meeting allllll the boys ;)
Dislikes: Not much. Even diaper changes are getting easier.
Milestones:  Now that you are walking, running, trying to jump, and twerking - we've got to start working on animal sounds and talking! 

Mama, Dada, Baba, are all VERY clear, and this month you've also started to say: brother, ni-ni, wa-wa, hi, bye bye, car, and possibly book.
You understand a lot - you try to put on your shoes, talk on the phone, brush your hair, hold your own spoon.....it's wild how quick you're growing.
Places You’ve Gone: We went on your first international vacation to Mexico! You were an expert traveler, so flexible, so easy, and so fun. We loved showing you one of our favorite places in the entire world and you and your brother were so, SO happy to be there.
Leo:   You guys are truly the best of friends and have such a special bond, it might be the best thing in the entire world for me to see.


Vacay Prepping!

::: We've been preparing for our big trip to Mexico! We are renting the condo next to my parents in Punta Mita, and bringing the kids, and we are so excited for our first tropical vacation as a family four.

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:: We're carrying on - but sort of cheating. My parents are flying on the same flight with us, and checking a bag, so we are including two puddle jumpers in their suitcase. Since my parents were done in Mexico a few weeks ago, they also stocked up on diapers and wipes for us.

::: Otherwise, everything else (monitors, snacks, 2 sound machines, loveies, outfits, toys, etc.) is coming with us. We have 3 seats, 4 people, 3 carry-on suitcases, 1 purse, 1 backpack, 1 LLBean tote bag, 1 ergo baby carrier, and 1 double stroller. Hot Damn!

::: We are parking at the airport here in Chicago, and being picked up in a car that will have two car seats to take us to the condo.

::: My purse looks like this for the flight. I purchased this purse organizer from Amazon, at the recommendation of Alex and I have been LOVING it. It keeps my bag so much better organized - I can't believe I've been living without it for so long.

Vercord Updated Purse Handbag Organizer Insert Liner Bag in Bag 13 Pockets Milky Beige Large

::: In my purse, I have some snacks handy, some diapers and changing pad, my headphones, my ipad, my kindle, the kids passports, my wallet, everyone's sunglasses, some CBD oil, tic tacs, and my medicine kit for the kids.


::: In the LLBean tote, we have....everything else. Toys, kids lovies, games, so many snacks, bottles for Drew, hand wipes, a blanket, Leo's kindle fire and head phones.....probably a few more things that I'm already forgetting.

For snacks, we have pouches, gold fish, raisins, animal crackers, and fruit snacks.

It's hard to know what toys to bring, but for Drew, I brought a few light up/table toys. I borrowed a few from friends so that they're new for Drew, I brought a few mini books, a few trucks and match box cars, a few things for Drew to chew on, and a few sea creatures for Leo to play pretend with.

I bought most of these art supplies at target, but did pick up this water pen thingy on Amazon. We haven't used it yet, but hopefully it's a hit.

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::: As far as other things that I am bringing on our trip - I'm going to try out this little floatie for Drew. It's handy because it deflates, and I think it will be nice for her to have on when we are at the little splash pool. I'm also bringing a life vest for her, and a puddle jumper for Leo. I bought this on Amazon but haven't used it, so I'm happy to report back if you are curious.

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::: The kids were pretty easy to pack for - Keens for shoes for both of them for the most part, one nice pair of shoes for dinner, and then easy and light clothes, lots of hats, swim suits, and they're pretty much set.

::: We have downloaded plenty of movies and shows for the flights, and we're going to just have to go with flow and get it done!

Here goes nothing! 

Soup of the Day. Lights. Tequila Casamigos.


Reading, Watching, Listening, Cooking, and Doing

Reading: We just finished When Life Gives You Lululemons for our book club. I really enjoyed the easy breezyness of it. If you're looking for a beach read, give it a go. I'm taking Girl Wash Your Face down to Mexico, and want to bring one more with me since I haven't heard great things about the book. Let me know if you have a recent beach read I should grab!

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis (Hardcover) When Life Gives You Lululemons

Watching: The Bachelor has really made my Monday nights much more fun. A bunch of my girlfriends have been trying to get together to watch most Mondays. We bring wine, wear sweats, and just watch the craziness together.

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Plus, of course, I'm enjoying Real Housewives on NJ - and I can't wait for BH to start back up again.

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I had a "personal" day a few weeks ago - I went shopping by myself, got a massage, and then went to the movies alone (it was seriously my #bestdayever) and I went and saw Second Act. It might be out of the theaters now, but it's a really cute movie if you need one to rent. Not winning any Oscars, but a brainless chick flick.

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Listening: I mentioned on my "Day in the Life" post that I started listening to "It Sounded like a Good Idea at the Time" podcast. It's darling and I really like the two women who record it - they're very relatable and cute.

It's not a good podcast, so I'm going to be straight, but I had to downloand "Weekly Dose of B.S." which is Brandi and Stephanie from the RHODallas. It's not going to last long.

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I really, really liked #momtruths. Have I shared that podcast already? Its Cat and Nat, and they talk about their journey to being self made millionaires.

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Otherwise, if we're hanging around the house or driving in the car, we have been listening to the Steve Tyrrell pandora station which makes me feel like I'm in a Nancy Meyers movie.

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Cooking: Nothing majorly new, but this week we've had Greek turkey burgers from Natalie's blog here, oven baked chiken fajitas, and Korean chicken bowls. 



I watched Cooking with Liz (Hello Adams Family) live instagram last night, (I think they're adorable), and they made a caprese spaghetti squash dish, and when we get back from Mexico, I'm sticking that on the menu stat!

Doing: I've been doing a ton of working out. I've been at the gym almost 5 times a week since the new year. I can totally feel myself getting stronger, even though the scale is still in the same place as it was when I started. I will say too, I tried on a few pairs of jeans last week and my normal jean size was starting to feel a little bit loose, so that's gotta be a good sign.

I love our gym. A lot of my girlfriends go to the same one, they have classes in the morning while Leo is at school, and both of my kids having been doing great at the KidZone - so it's like two birds with one stone. And honestly, I was sort of joking that being back at the gym has been saving us a ton of money, because last year when my membership was on hold, I would find myself at Tj.Maxx or Target WAY more often! 

We are also putting up drywall in our basement. We're not investing tons of money down there, but just trying to do a few things to clean it up and make it more enjoyable to spend more time down there. I think the drywall will make a really big difference, and we also have a few painters coming this week to give us quotes to spray paint the ceiling and poles black.


For whatever reason, I've been able to catch some of the cutest sleep stalking pictures of all time of the little ones. I just die!  The only time Drew sucks her thumb is when she sleeps and I think it's the cutest thing I've ever seen.