Baby D’s First Haircut

Hey friends!

We are still recovering from our Labor Day travels over here! Traveling with a little one makes a big difference.

While we were in Tennessee, our good friend April cut Baby D’s hair. I knew I wanted her to give him his first haircut, and I’m so glad it worked out that way!

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His hair was getting a bit out of control. I know it’s “bad luck” to cut it before 1 year, but the poor guy needed it!

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He had a few outbursts, but did great over all!

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I thought I might have a crying fit, but he looked so stinking cute after!!

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My little baby is getting to be a big boy!

Laundry, dishes, and the baby room is calling me!

I hope to show you all his baby room next week!!

Are you recovered from the long weekend?

What did you do for Labor Day?

Labor Day 2014

Happy Labor Day friends!

I hope everyone is having a great holiday weekend.  Long weekends are the best aren’t they?

It has been months since we had been to Tennessee.  I’m always amazed at how much we are able to do when we go down, yet how fast the time goes by.

Time with grandparents…

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and… great grandparents!

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Time with family and cousins…

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Labor Day

Time with friends…

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Labor Day

Labor Day

(I love those kids!)

We also celebrated a couple of Baby D’s firsts!

Baby D saw his very first fire works!  He was asleep on the 4th of July for the fireworks (thankfully!).  Since Matt was in Afghanistan on the 4th of July, we did a late 4th of July celebration.

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Baby D loved them!  He didn’t flinch one bit, and he would follow them with his eyes.  This boy is a trooper!

Plus, we celebrated his very first Tennessee game.  Although, he only made it til half time.

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He cheered on his Vols until he could take it no longer!

Tennessee Vols

He thinks it is hilarious when we yell “touchdown Tennessee!”  I hope we get to yell that a lot this season!!

I hope you all have a Marvelous Monday!

How was your weekend?

If you are off today, what are you doing with your extra day off?

Friday Five and Favorites

1. Most important things first….

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2. Labor Day has always meant the end of summer for me.  I’m not quite yet ready.

I used to work at the lake every summer, and Labor Day was always the last “lake weekend” around here.  As much as I love pumpkin and apples, give me just a few more weeks of summer!

However, I will take football season now!  Go VOLS!!

Tennessee Vols

3. I’ve also noticed the nights are getting shorter.  Boooooo!

4. Baby D’s room is coming along.  I really can’t wait to get it done and show it to you all!  No sneak peaks just yet… only because I forgot to take pictures though.  ;)

5. That baby room isn’t getting worked on for a few days… We are in Tennessee!!

Home sweet, sweet home.

I mean really… how much stuff does a baby need for 1 weekend??

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In case you missed it:

25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

Inconvenient Blessings


That Moment When…

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Top 3 Essential Oils for Stress

essential oils for stress

Some Favorites from the week:


Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Mocha Bites  via Ari’s Menu

Cherry Lime Energy Balls  via Side of Sneakers

. flourless maple almond butter cookies .  via Running with Spoons

Grain Free Nuttzo Waffles from Nut Butter Runner

Carrot Cake Energy Bites from Barr and Table

Gluten-Free Apple Plum Crisp via Fit Foodie Finds

Cranberry Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola Bars from Eating Bird Food

Peanut Butter Cup Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches from Edible Perspective

Grilled Chicken Avocado Melts via Nutritious Eats

Why I’m not hopping on the next big food trend… from Edible Balance

Balsamic Strawberry Broccoli Salad from Layers of Happiness

Strawberry Quinoa Oatmeal Bars from The Hummusapian

Fitness/ Health:

5 Tips for Running Faster at Any Race Distance via Live from LQ

Building Muscle for Women: A Fierce Def FAQ via Workout Nirvana

My Favorite At-Home Workouts via It’s Progression


Building the Most Attractive Body Imaginable from Bony to Bombshell


How To Grow Your Blog And Make Money via Peanut Butter Fingers

. from hobby to job – taking your blog to the next level . via @runwithspoons

I hope everyone has a great Labor Day weekend!  Soak up the last bit of summer!

What are you doing this weekend?

Do you have a must read from this week?

Summer or Fall?

Top 3 Essential Oils for Stress

Stress… we’ve all got it.  Right?

I’m a stresser.  I’m Type A person plus I tend towards being an anxious person.  Put that in a bottle, give it a good shake and you’ve got yourself a basket case.

essential oils for stress

Ever since starting my essential oils journey, I have found 3 oils that I swear by for my stress and thought I would share.  Plus, they come in the starter kit, so that was a win-win!

1. Lavender

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I don’t think there isn’t anything this oil isn’t good for!  I even use this one on the bottoms of Baby D’s feet when he is really fussy.  It helps calm him right down.

2. Stress Away

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I rub this one on my temples multiple times a day.  I’m going to order the roll on version of it next month.  This one lives in my purse.

3. Peace and Calming

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I rub this one on the bottoms of my feet before bed.  I also will diffuse it during the day, especially when Baby D is fussy!

Honestly, I wish there was a way that I could diffuse this one at work.  I think it would help calm our dental patients!

I love having all natural remedies with these oils.  It seems like the oils are so versatile too!

If you are interested in learning more, feel free to email me.  Or, you can order with Young Living using my ID#1716727.

Do you tend to stress?

What helps you calm yourself when you are stressed?

That Moment When..

Yesterday was quite comical.  It was the day of “that moment when….”

Baby D woke up early for his “breakfast”.


That moment when you realize you no longer have time for a sit down meal…

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Smoothie per usual.  Cookies n’ Cream smoothie to be exact.

Hello yum.

Baby D has been quite clingy these past few days.  I think tooth number 6 is coming in.

That moment when baby cries unless being held… I mean ugly crying turns into…

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That moment when mommy’s lap becomes baby’s playground.

I’ll take it.



Quinoa Power Bowl.

Easy peasy, and I could cook it with one hand!  Recycled pic of course because I didn’t have an extra hand to take the picture.

Since Baby D rebelled his afternoon nap, he was quite vocal in letting me know his disdain of having his diaper changed.

That moment when… you are changing said diaper, have the baby’s legs straight up in the air to “take care of business” when the Fedex guy comes to the door with out you noticing.  Since you are painting the baby’s room, the changing table is right in the living room.  Right when he knocks on the door, you jump out of your skin, scare the baby, make the baby pee everywhere, and then he ugly cries again.

That moment when… you no longer like the Fed Ex guy.

Pretty stinking hilarious… you kinda had to be there though.


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Leftover spaghetti and spaghetti squash with Applegate farms sausage and pasta sauce.  It got the job done.  We had to get back to painting!

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Baby D had yummy white sweet potato.  He loves sweet potatoes now!  yay!

That moment when you put that sweet baby to bed and realize what a blessing it is to work so hard to be mommy all day!

I seriously couldn’t imagine life without that sweet boy.


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I see a big bowl of this in my future.  Last little bit of it!

Love Grown Power O’s must come to Louisville asap or it might lead to desperate measures…

I can’t wait to have the baby room and bathroom painted to show you all!  Our eats have been boring lately, but we have good reason.  There is work to be done!

Have a great What I Ate Wednesday friends!  Make sure you head over to Jenn’s for more good food!

What is the best thing you have eaten lately?

What is your go- to meal when life is crazy?

Inconvenient Blessings

I have found in my short 29 years on this earth that it is easy for me to see blessings when they are apparent.

Like… Beautiful weather on my day off, a parking spot at the mall that isn’t 1 million lightyears away from the entrance, or even the blessings of family, friends, and people who love you.

It is hard for me to see the inconvenient things as blessings.


There are several big changes coming soon in our lives.  Change is inconvenient to me.

I’m working on looking at them as inconvenient blessings.

It took me a long time to get here though.  See, I’m a structured creature.  I like a routine.. normalcy… things going my way.  You know, that terrible Type A person that drives you insane.  That’s me.

When I look back at inconvenient things, I can see how they turned into blessings.

Our house was sold several months ago, but that fell through… inconvenient blessing…

We are now taking that opportunity to give Baby D a for real nursery.

Those late nights when you are up feeding a newborn… inconvenient blessing….

Goodness, even infertility and the adoption process… inconvenient yet a total blessing!

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I mean really… how could you not say he isn’t a blessing???

I’m learning to be content in all circumstances just like Paul talks about in Phillippians 4:12.  “…I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”

I like to be in control, know what is coming, and be prepared.  God continually shows me that I’m not in control, I don’t know what is coming, and HE will prepare me.

Things are going to come up in life unexpectedly and fast.  We can either take these “inconveniences” as burdens or see them as inconvenient blessings.

I pray God gives me the grace to do the latter.  I’m a work in progress though.

Next stop is seeing these as opportunities of growth… baby steps y’all!

Do you find it hard sometimes to see the inconvenient things in life as a blessing?

25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

This weekend, I had a working weekend.  I sat through a 4.5 hour continuing education course on Saturday.

I was shot after that!  Today I thought we could do a super fun and random post to keep things light for a Monday!

I first saw this a while ago on Tina’s blog, and thought it would be fun to do.  Plus, I would love to know some of your answers!

So.. here goes…

25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

1. I’m happiest when.. I’m with my 2 boys.

2. … especially if it involves a lazy day at home.

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3. I’ve always wanted to travel to Australia… Greece… I have a long list!

4. My family and I live far apart….

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5. I was a terrible softball player.  I quit t-ball after 1 day.

6. My first job was a carhop at Sonic!

7. I could probably eat Thai food everyday.  Yummy salmon curry!!

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8. I stole… my husbands heart?  ;)… this survey from Tina??

9. I was born on the same day as Will Farrell and Barry Sanders

10. My all-time favorite film is How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and The Little Mermaid.

11. I do a pretty mean cat meow… or at least I do it… ;)

12. I’m still mad… I didn’t get a double major… I was 2 classes away!

13. I met my husband in college… on leap day!

14. I always knew I wanted… a boy.  Actually, I want a house full of little boys!… not that I would be sad about a girl!

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15. I’m not afraid to… tell the truth.  Truth’s the truth!

16. I make the best… no bake cookies.  Just ask my hubby!

No Bake Cookies

17. I have almost no… singing voice (copying Tina here) but it is sadly true!

18. I always cry when… I talk about adoption.  It has been the biggest life changer for us!

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19. I’m a Tennessean, but I don’t really care about the Tennessee Titans.  Go Peyton Manning!

20. I spent 22 years in Tennessee before moving to Kentucky.

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21. I wish my folks… lived closer.

22. At 5, I was deeply in love with The Little Mermaid and my mamaw. 

23. I believe if everyone loved their neighbor as themselves, the world would be a better place.

24. I can’t stand… when people chew loudly.

25. Whenever Live with Kelly and Michael is on, I’ll watch it.

Hope you all have a Marvelous Monday friends!

Pick 3 and answer them!  I love getting to know you better!

Friday Five and Favorites

TGIF!  Y’all I was ready for Friday!

1. PSA: There is a recall on several almond and peanut butters.  Check this out for more info.

Of course, I had a jar of Trader Joe’s almond butter that had been recalled.  Thankfully, they will give me a full refund!

2. Every morning should start like this.

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I have no desire to do anything but play with my boy in the mornings.  Plus, naked babies are cute!  :)

3. I tried something else new this week!

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Clare invited me to her 502 Power Yoga class Monday night.  I’m not usually a fan of yoga, but I loved this!  They keep you moving there, and my body got such a good stretch!  Clare was killing it with her headstands and such. I’m so excited to go back and get better!

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4. Baby D started a new baby sitter this week.  My good friend is now watching him.  He loves her and her two girls.  He is out numbered there!

5. I have a 5 hour continuing education course on Saturday.  Please feel free to follow me on instagram and twitter to keep me company!  :)

Shhh…. don’t tell.  Something has to keep me awake!

In case you missed it:

New Things, New Friends

Stock Your Kitchen: Freezer Edition

Essential Oils for Allergies

Tea Time

When to Lower Your Standards

Baby Delight: 7 Months


Food/ Nutrition:

Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites via Nutritious Eats

Peach and Peanut Butter Granola via Almost Getting It Together

What We Eat to Maximize Recovery and Fight Oxidative Stress  via Cotter Crunch

Chili and Lime Roasted Salmon with Blueberry Corn Salsa via Heather Christo

15 Lunch Ideas for Busy Professionals  via The Almond Eater

. creamy maple roasted almond butter via Running with Spoons

Butternut Squash Red Curry via MJ and Hungryman

What’s the Best Diet? from Survive & Thrive

Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing  via Organically Mo

Protein Granola Bars from Jill Conyers

Sweet Potato Energy Bites via The Lean Green Bean


Body Weight HIIT Workout  from Your Trainer Paige

Is It Time to Fire Your Personal Trainer?  via US News

on overexercising and when it’s time to rest from Lindsay’s List

Top 5 Reasons Why Your Workout Isn’t Working  from Eating Bird Food


5 Simple Ways to Get More Visitors on Your Blog via Slim Sanity

Does closing comments turn blogging into lecturing?  via Carla Birnberg


The Secret to a Strong Marriage After Kids A Healthy Slice of Life

If Your Pants Don’t Fit…Don’t Have a Fit. via Candy Fit

Losing Weight Won’t Make You Happy via Erica D House

What are you up to this weekend?

Favorites from the week?

Baby Delight: 7 Months

Happy 7 Months Sweet Boy!

7 Month baby

It doesn’t seem right that we are in the second half of his first year of life!

I love how his sweet personality comes out more and more.  One thing is for sure, this boy likes to play and have fun!

He is constantly playing and laughing.

New this month:

He now has 5 teeth!

7 month baby

Crawling!  He figured out how to crawl on Saturday,and now it’s game on!  Baby proofing the house happens this weekend.

Eating solids… and not fighting me!  Hallelujah!

He is also sleeping 11 or so hours a night now!  Those nights of getting up 2-3 times seem like a distant memory.


Feet!  I’m not talking his feet.. he loves other people’s feet.  Odd right?

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Laughing and smiling… all the time!  He is such a happy boy.

Crawling and getting into things he isn’t supposed to.

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Screaming at the top of his lungs.

Playing with friends.


Being hungry, dirty, or wet.

Getting fingernails clipped.

Sitting still.

Being quiet in restaurants.  :)

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Now, can we please slow down time a bit… these months are passing too quickly!

7 month baby


Check out his past updates to see how much he has changed from 6543, and 2 months!

2 month baby

7 month baby

Trying New Things

I’m such a creature of habit.  I never really try new things.

Well, that’s not true… I don’t usually COOK new things.  After I’ve had it somewhere else, I’ll buy it and experiment, but I don’t usually get something new to try on my own.


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Creamy rice and coconut porridge with figs!  This was to die for… except all my nut butter kept sinking.  There was almost an entire tablespoon at the bottom on the bowl.  Saved the best for last?  ;)  Plus, the addition of figs made it even better.  I have been waiting for these to come out!


lentil dal

Lentil Dal.  I have decided that anything you can eat out of a bowl is a good idea with a baby.  When they are on the move like baby D is, it’s good to be able to hop up and carry food with you!

Notice my little peeper in the background??  Can you believe that today is his 7month birthday?


Sizzlefish grilled catfish

This was what was new to me… Catfish!

Sizzlefish sent me a sample box, and I honestly had been afraid to try some of the new to me fish!  We put some herbs on there and grilled it.

We absolutely loved it!  I have found so many new great fish thanks to my sample box!

I’ve decided I want to start trying more new to me things.  I never knew what I was missing out on until Sizzlefish introduced me to some new fish.  No telling what else I’m missing out on right?

Happy What I Ate Wednesday friends!  Make sure you head over to Jenn’s for more good food!

What is the best thing you have eaten lately?

Do you enjoy trying new things or are you a creature of habit?