New Years eve is quickly approaching which means, break out the champs glasses and serving trays. It’s time to host a party! I love New Years Eve, it’s one of those holidays that I can really enjoy. I know that may sound boring to some but […]
Month: December 2016
My motto for 2017 is simple and its in the title. It’s nothing special, nothing profound, or deep. It’s just real and simple, which is kind of my theme for the new year. Personally and in the workforce, I’m striving for more realness. My generation […]
What a month its been for our little Bodhi Bear, he’s accomplished many firsts recently and we couldn’t be prouder. We’ve even been lucky enough to witness a lot of his firsts together on our trip to Hawaii. A lot of Gunnar’s first were at work with me which meant that Sam didn’t really get to experience them first hand. So you can image how excited he was to witness the wonder and excitement in Bodhi’s eyes when first trying each new experience.
Thus far he is pretty excited about most experiences. He has rolled over and is determined to go on to the next task of sitting up and staying up. I must say Bodhi is a big fan of the ocean and Hawaii seems to suit him well. Only time will tell if he’s as into the ocean and all its beauty as his mama. One thing we can say is this boy loves the sand just as much as his older brother.
A Few Of Bodhi’s Firsts
1. His first food: Green beans: Really this one happened at 2 months olds. We kept quiet about it because neither of us felt like hearing grief from others. Everyone has their own opinion on when you should start introducing food and I’ll cover our personal experience in a post a little bit later but yea we started early and it was the best thing we could have done!
2. First plane trip: Well we did it at almost 4 months old our little bear went on his first
plane ride. Gunnies was almost a year old for his first so we really didn’t know what to expected when it came to taking a 4 month old on a plane. I mean really we didn’t know what to expect with taken him plus Gunnie ( 3 years old). I’ll admit it wasn’t as bad as we had thought.
3. Sleeping in his crib: CRAZY!!! I wasn’t sure if this would ever happen but we got there. I don’t know how many nights it will happen now that we are home but I’m hopeful. We finally were able to get Bodhi to sleep on his own in a crib and yes, through the night. I know, I know, I’ll be over here accepting high fives from all my fellow mamas all week! We all know these moments should always be celebrated. I don’t know if it was the heat, or the type of crib maybe even the natural sounds of the Maui beaches, insects and birds but something about Maui got him to be a little more independent and this mama is lovin’ it! I may even have to go buy a CD of Maui sounds just to test it out! 😂
4. His first sandy beach extrusion: So far all signs point to a little beach lover just like his big brother. The awe and wonder in Bodhi’s eye matches that of Gunnie’s the very first time he saw that big beautiful blue “puddle” as he has deemed it. I’m from a family of beach lovers, we grew up summering in Hilton Head and later once we got a little older, we moved the summers to Sea Isle City. So having my boys love beach days and time in the water as much as I, is amazing.
5. Perfecting the roll: I wrote about Bodhi’s need to move last time and how he was already rolling over. Well he has since perfected that and moved on to sitting up. He truly doesn’t want to stop for anything. I have a feeling we will have an earlier walker with this one. The entire flight home I had to stand him in certain positions because he didn’t want to sit or be held. Nope our little i bear wanted to standing and watching everything that was going on around him.
I know that word, budget, isn’t very exciting but alas most of us are on one. There are many reasons some of us budget, maybe you just bought a new house or your saving for a dream vacation or like me you’ve had a new baby. Either way budgeting is key but it also isn’t easy. Sometimes budgeting can be extremely difficult. Knowing what to purchase and what to walk away from. Even harder is when your trying to style a new home, new space or say even for the holidays and do it all on a budget. You may feel like style will have to take a back seat to the price but don’t worry I have some tips to help you get through the holidays without breaking the bank.
Tip 1: First set your budget and be realistic with yourself. If you’re the type that goes to Target for a couple of items and ends up leaving with over 50 then ball park it. Take what you want to spend and what you should be spending and meet in the MIDDLE. Not closer to what you want to spend or less than because you’re really trying. Stick with the middle because I find that more times then not I end up spending less than I think when I set a realistic budget for myself.
Tip 2: Shop around, especially when it comes to holiday decor. A lot of stores discount their holiday decorations before the holidays are even close.
- Example: Today is the 5th of December, over the weekend Micheal’s had a holiday sale and everything was 70% off. I kid you not, I got 5 huge stripes of garland for 25 dollars, 4 boxes lights for 30 and a few other fun bits from Target which I will discuss below in just a moment!
Tip 3: Try to buy things that you can utilize for other seasons, not just the holidays. This is probably my number 1 rule when styling your home for anything. I like to find piece that I can use for more than one month I just can’t justify anything less. Which leads me to my new trick below!
It’s no secret that I love the 3 dollar section at Target. Recently (fall-ish time) I found this adorable little rose gold dipped jars for three dollars. I had been storing pinecones in them. They turned out to be a great center piece for Autumn and the Thanksgiving season. Now that it’s December and we are in full holiday swing I went back to the three dollar section in search of something festive to keep them going andddddd I found it! Mini battery operated lights for 6 dollars. All you have to do is throw some batteries in and throw them in the jars and you’re good to go!
Cost of this look: 9 dollars each