Owl Earrings

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I found myself feeling a little nostalgic today, and it all started with owl earrings. Now I typically wear the same earrings, necklace, rings, and watch every single day. I’m not fashionista and certainly don’t have the time (or coordination?) to accessorize my outfits each day. Actually… the fact that I look half-way put together when I walk out door is a miracle in itself.

But I digress… Back to the earrings. I do own some cute accessories – one being a pair of owl earrings. They are simple silver owls with black dot eyes and I wear them from time to time when I take a few minutes to fish for something other than “my usual.” So, this morning, I saw them in my jewelry dish (okay, it’s a Tupperware cup, whatever) and put them in.

No one ever notices when I wear them – no one except for my Cameron. I pick him up to put him on the changing table and before I can blink I hear “momma, you have owls?” in the sweetest little voice. How does he notice these things? And so quickly? It’s the little things that immediately bring you back to the feelings you felt the first time you held these sweet babies. They rely completely on mom and dad – which is such an incredible and frightening feeling. They are always close to you, breathing you in.

These days I feel like my kids are getting so big and don’t need me nearly as much as they used to, but today made me realize that Cam is still quite a little guy. Still in diapers; still sleeping in a crib; still snuggling up with me at night to read a story and say his prayers; still very much needing his momma. It made my heart grow ten times today and made me say a quiet prayer that time would sloooow down so that I could keep these babies little, just a while longer.

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Soccer Mom Status

It’s official, I’m a soccer mom! After missing sign ups last year (mom fail!), we were on top of things this year and signed Kailey up for P.A.L. Spring soccer as soon as enrollment opened. She was assigned to the gray team and we had our first practice on Tuesday night. These little ones are adorably uncoordinated. Our first game is this Saturday and I’m a first time team snack mom. I accidentally found myself browsing Pinterest for soccer mom snack ideas.

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When I found these guys, I realized I am NOT that mom. I’m stopping at Publix on the way home today to pick up oranges, grapes and bananas along with a box of juice boxes. Yay for soccer season!

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Toddler Food Allergies

Being a full-time working full-time mom is hard work. On top of that, we found out in October of 2014 that Cameron’s baby eczema is actually a severe allergic reaction. Thank the good Lord that he does not have anaphylactic reactions, but he does break out in a dry, itchy rash when exposed to eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, or DOGS. While all of these things greatly impact his diet (except the dog thing, we don’t eat those). Our biggest battle has been the soy. Did you know that food manufacturers put soy in EVERYTHING. You think I’m joking, but go pick up some pretzels, crackers, popcorn, bread, chocolate, baked goods, cereal, chicken nuggets, or french fries. I have become a label reading nutcase and have had to become more comfortable cooking the majority of our meals at home so that I can be sure there are no eggs in his pancakes or cookies, no soy in his snacks, and his PB&Js are actually SSB&J – that’s sunflower seed butter and jelly on soy-free, egg-free bread.

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It’s been a bit of a roller coaster, but since his diagnosis (and removing those foods from his diet) his skin cleared up almost immediately! He still has some rough patches on his wrists, creases of his arms, and some small spots on his knees. It could be that he is allergic to more than just those five things, or it could be environmental allergies or Florida heat. All in all, we’re managing it well.

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On top of his skin clearing up, his breathing has improved dramatically! Since Cameron was two months old, he has had wheezing spells, particularly at night. He was on nightly steroid-based breathing treatments. Whenever he got a cold, those nightly treatments turned into treatments every four to six hours. It was scary and sad that he needed these meds to open his lungs and calm his little system down. One week after eliminating soy, eggs, and nuts – THE WHEEZING STOPPED! I can’t tell you when his last breathing treatment was… it’s been that long!

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The doctors think that he will outgrow all of these allergies between five and twelve years old. I’m certainly hoping it’s closer to that five year age. Until then, I’ll continue to read every label and check every nutritional chart I come across!

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Random Ramblings

I’ve never been very good at sticking to things for a long period of time. Chore Charts for Toddlers, Food Prep Sundays, 15-minutes of deep cleaning each night, yoga… they all sound good in theory, but two or three weeks in and life settles back into the norm we are used to. I’ll admit it, I’m a quitter.

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I started this blog as a way to keep track of what is going on in our lives, shared funny stories or yummy recipes, and maybe even sprinkle in some inspiration from time to time. Guess what? Real life takes up A LOT of time. When am I supposed to find time to blog?!

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I thoroughly enjoy reading a handful of blogs every day. They’re sent right to my email, so they’re perfect to read real quick when I’m waiting for a meeting to start or looking for a reason NOT to cook dinner. So when I started this blog, I was really excited to keep on top of posting at least weekly family-life updates. Now let’s be real – I’ve never dreamed that this little blog would take off and have a ton of readers, nor did I expect it to become my career, I simply wanted to blog for the fact that I have a really bad memory and really enjoying coming back to remember what happened last year, last month… last week. But, life caught up with me and I’ve hardly thought about posting.

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So, all you wide-eyed followers who have been waiting for another post, there you have it. Being a full-time wife, a full-time mom, and a full-time employee has trumped Full Time Love for what seems like a lifetime. Now I’m back… we’ll see how long this lasts.

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Bridal Shower Gift Idea

For my friend Leah’s bridal shower a few weeks ago, I really wasn’t sure what to get her. I know that you’re “supposed” to purchase a gift off of the registry, but every time I even think about doing that I’m brought back to my own wedding and the ordeal I went through trying to return a few gifts.

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I think during the registry portion of wedding planning, couples can get a little… scan happy. I know my hubby, for one, went scan-crazy in Bed Bath & Beyond. When I tried to talk him down from the 12-cup coffee brewing station (I’m the only coffee drinker in the house!) he told me it was our wedding and we should register for anything we want. Practicality went out the window. So after our wedding when we had an entire room filled with wedding gifts we didn’t know what to do with, we attempted to return/exchange a few. BAD IDEA! While Bed Bath & Beyond happily took back anything and everything, that wasn’t the case with Target – our main store for returns. Take it from me – they DO NOT like customers to return ANYTHING.
As you can see, I’m still a little flustered by the whole situation. Because of all that, I’m hesitant to purchase from registries. Plus, let’s be honest, newlyweds would appreciate cold hard cash more than a toaster oven, am I right?! So I tend to find a cute card and write a check rather than buy a gift. But for Leah, I felt like maybe I could do a little something extra.
I’m no Pinterest-Pro, but I’m well aware that there are some great ideas out there. After a few quick searches, I found the perfect idea for Leah.
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Leah is easily one of the funniest friends I know, so I knew she’d get a kick out of a witty poem and some silly gifts. In fact, I just got a thank you card from her yesterday saying it was one of the most fun gifts to open. SCORE! Check it out…
I found a poem similar to this one on Pinterest. I modified it to fit Leah, and to fit the products I was able to find.
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I gathered all of the supplies and assembled them in a cute little basket.
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Add some shrink wrap and a bow and we were ready to go! It was fun to make and had everyone laughing at the shower. Thanks Pinterest!
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Leah’s Bridal Shower

One of my best friends from high school is getting married in October, so this past weekend we got a bunch of the girls together to celebrate! Even though it’s been 11 years since we graduated and so many of our friends have moved away (Leah, too) it always blows my mind when we get together and it seems like not a moment has passed!

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I love that we’ve stayed super close through the years so that we can continue to celebrate all aspects of “life” together!

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Leah’s mom and sister hosted the bridal shower at the Flagler Beachfront Winery. This place is fairly new, but it has quickly become our meeting place whenever the girls get together. Whether it’s a bridal shower, baby shower, or just a random Saturday, it is our go-to spot. They always do a great job and the owners are so incredibly friendly!

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Now that Leah is all set with home decor and kitchen supplies, we cannot wait for her beach-y wedding in October! Cheers to Leah!

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