~ that I always said that I'd never be 'that' mom that lets their kid leave the house with boogers in their nose. Yeah - you try getting boogers out of a 15 month old's nose. Let me know how that goes. A battle I did not fight this morning...so if you see my son's nose today - just ignore the boogies...I tried.
~ that I finally made myself an appointment for a haircut at a local swanky salon to use up a gift certificate that I got over 2 years ago. Yes, that's right - I'm a total gift card hoarder.
~ speaking of said hair appointment - I'm petrified. I haven't had a real hair style in like 6 years. I HATE getting my hair cut. And I'm sure it won't look like I want it to. So will I actually get a real hair cut? Or will I wuss out and just get a trim?!?!?!
~ that I love alone time. And NEED alone time. To fit this in, since I usually take Fridays off from the gym, I'll head to Target after the baby goes to bed and I just wander around. I'm not rushed. I'm not worried about anyone else. It's just me and my beloved aisles of Target. It's glorious <3
~ I require A LOT of sleep. I usually get about 7 hours a night and though that is probably a lot for most moms it's not enough for me. There's a lot I wish I could change about myself but this is definitely high on the list. I envy those people who can get by on little sleep.
~ I've been drinking warm water with lemon in it this week. I don't love it but I know it's so good for your body so I've been doing it anyways. Why can't donuts and pizza be good for the body?!?!
What do you confess?
On Sunday my parents, sister, and nephew came up which allowed Matt and I to indulge in a couple's float. Say what?! What is THAT?! Let me indulge you....
For Christmas we were gifted a gift certificate for a couple's float at Rochester's Bodymind Float Center. Neither of us had heard about this and we were very intrigued. After looking at the website we were skeptical - a little nervous - but definitely excited to try something new together. When we got there we were shown to our tank room. Before you get into the tank you have to shower and then you get into the tank and float. Yes, you will automatically float. The water is like the Dead Sea - high density thanks to lots and lots and lots of salt. So basically anyone of any size will float. Once you get into the tank the lights turn off and it's pitch black. There is no background noise. There is nothing. You're just there - floating in total darkness and total silence. And let me tell ya - it was freeing. The float was an hour and a half - and neither of us thought we could do it for that long. But we did. In fact, I fell asleep briefly and Matt almost did. And I gotta say - it WAS relaxing - so relaxing. I would have preferred the water to be warmer than it was and I would have liked some soothing music (though I totally get why they don't. There is something about complete and utter silence that is just so relaxing and calming.) But it was definitely interesting and a cool experience. I'd totally do again! So if you are in the Rochester area check them out! Don't we all need a little relaxation in our lives?!?!
I've never had great skin. And I feel like I've always struggled with it. When I was in my teens I had some acne. I like to pick and pop so now I'm left with some small scars and indentations. My skin tone is uneven. And my skin is just blah - I don't have that naturally glowing, radiant skin. So lately I've really been trying to focus on my skin and have found some really great items that I thought I'd share with you all for today's Five on Friday.
1) My first item is a bit of a splurge. It's the Rodan & FIelds redefine eye cream. I have some pretty dark circles under my eyes, I've heard amazing things about R&F, & saw some amazing before and after pics. Soooooo I splurged and went for it. So far, I think it's a great eye cream. I wouldn't say I've noticed a huge difference (but I've only been using for a short time) but I have high hopes for this it!! I also bought the eye cloths (which I haven't noticed much of a difference at all but like how it takes off all my eye make up and such.) So they're both winners in my book.
2) Next up is e.l.f studio's high definition powder in translucent. I just bought this last weekend and LOVE it. And at $6 it's right in line with my budget! You don't need a lot of this - use a big brush and brush it all over your face and voila! You're good to go.
3) Next up is actually two products - a brightening toner and vitamin C serum. I use both of these twice a day. I use Burt's Bees Refining Tonic and Claire-ity vitamin C serum. Neither are expensive and they've lasted me for a few months already (I'll need to re-order the toner within the next week or so probably.)
4) This mascara is amazing!!!! I don't have long, luscious lashes. But after applying this mascara, I can fake it. It stays put. It doesn't flake. Basically, it's awesome.
5) And saving the best for last...drum roll please......
NYX Matte Finish Fini Mat spray. Seriously, ladies. Buy yourself this. After you're done applying your makeup you spritz this on your face and it sets your makeup. At the end of the day my makeup is in tact and looks like I actually have makeup on. And for $8 you can't beat it. Stock up girls!!
~ I'm not one for rompers (or should I say I wasn't.) But I came across this one from Old Navy and it has totally changed my mind about them - cute, simple, and looks totally comfy! And at that price point I'm thinkin' I need to buy it and try it out!
~ I'm pretty organized at home but my office at work...that's a whole different story.
~ That I have eaten like total crap lately and I just can't stop. I blame it on work stress. And my coworkers bringing in things like breakfast pizza...and bagels...and donuts...and chocolate. I.can't.control.myself. I need an intervention. Please send help!!
~ I'm petrified of flying with a 16 month old. Anyone have any tips for us?
~ Speaking of driving, I have serious road rage. I can't stand stupid drivers. If you don't know how to drive properly, please stay off the road. OK - end of rant.
~ That there is ALWAYS something in my Amazon cart. And I pretty much buy everything from Amazon. Who has time to go to the store these days?!?!
~ That when I was little I drank black decaf coffee all the time. And now I can't even stomach coffee unless there's a whole lotta creamer and Truvia involved in.
~ That I am legit obsessed with Scandal.
~ Adele at the Grammy's was amazing. I mean seriously that woman can sing like no other!! She's amazing and I'm not afraid to admit she's my girl crush.
~ I only wash my hair twice a week. But that's all the rage these days, isn't it?! I do condition it every day though - just in case anyone was wonderin'
What do you confess?
Happy day after Valentine's Day!! I hope you all had an absolutely fantastic Valentine's Day with all your loved ones.
It was bitterly cold on Saturday so we spent the morning in our jammies, just hanging out and playing. After Camden's afternoon nap, we headed to Mimi's house. She graciously volunteered to watch Camden so Matt and I could go out for Valentine's Day. We, of course, accepted (I can't remember the last time we went out on a date so we were so excited!) We headed to a local winery to do a wine and chocolate pairing tasting then headed to dinner. It was perfect and we are so thankful to Mimi!
Sunday we slept in (yes, 7:30 is sleeping in!) Matt hit up the gym and grocery shopped while Camden napped in the morning. I was able to do a lot of prep and laundry in the morning, as well as a little cleaning. Once Camden went down for his afternoon nap, I scooted out to hit up the gym. Once he was up, we headed out for a big adventure - Camden's 1st haircut!!!
I mean, how is this possible?! How is he old enough for his 1st haircut?! It was rough for me, not gonna lie, but he did GREAT!!!! We were so proud of him!! I'm just glad this first one is over - but excuse me while I go cry now...my little baby is not so little anymore (and yes, baby fever is in FULL effect *sigh*)
Happy 15 months to my little man!!!!!!!! In honor of this, this week's edition of 5 on Friday is all about my little dude....
1) This kid is smart. Like super smart. And no, I'm not just saying that because I'm his mama. He amazes me every day with how smart he is and how quickly he learns things. He's a total sponge that soaks everything up and I just love watching him grow.
2) I've never met a kid who loves to help as much as Camden does. You say the word laundry and he goes crazy. Mention needing help and he's all over it. Time to pick up toys - not a problem for this kid. It's the freakin' cutest thing ever and I just can't get enough of it.
3) He's still a total mama's boy. He gives the biggest, sweetest kisses ever. He loves to play with my hair (and his!) He loves to play peek-a-boo. And loves for us to hide and jump out and scare him!! His little laugh and squeals are the best sounds ever.
4) He loves, loves, loves his stuffed animals. Right now he's all about Freddie the froggie and Puppy. And it's just not stuffed animals - he just loves animals in general. I can't wait to go to the zoo with him this summer - he's gonna flip <3
5) He's still tiny (I'll update with his stats from 15 month appointment after we go) He wears either 9 month or 12 month clothes, though has a couple pairs of pants that are 6 months. He has a ton of teeth. Sleeps great (so when he has a rough night it really throws us all for a loop!) He takes 2 naps still. He's gotten better at taking a morning nap at daycare too. He loves peanut butter, toast, watermelon, clementines, and peas. He LOVES using a spoon and fork and actually does EXTREMELY well with both. I'm still nursing but only in the morning and at night.
*update (2.15.16) - he weighs 20lbs 2oz (3%), is 2'7" (47%) tall
So basically he's perfect and so incredibly loved!!!
Jumpin' on the confessional Thursday bandwagon and linking up...
Yesterday I ate 2 bagels. Yes 2. And no, I am not proud of this one bit (and to make matters worse one of them had raisins in it. I HATE raisins. And yet, I ate it anyways....) Clearly, I am your classic stress eater. Don't judge.
Now that Camden is walking and he needs real shoes I'll be buying him these and these. I mean totally adorable, right?!
My motivation for working out has been non-existent lately. I'm still working out 5-6 times a week but I haven't been giving it my all like I normally do. I've been super lazy in that area so I need to get back at it!!! (I need to remind myself I'll be rocking' shorts and a bathing suit for a week at the end of March so now isn't the time to be slacking in that department!)
I've already purchased everything for Camden's Easter basket. And I'm pretty proud of what I got - I think he's gonna be one happy little boy! I can't wait to see him go through it and enjoy it all <3
That even though we've had a really mild winter...I'm so over it. I don't mind the cold. It's the snow. The ice. The brutal wind. The slushy roads. Ugh.
I bought this shirt from Old Navy and I got it yesterday and I LOVE IT!!! It's definitely sheer so a tank underneath is a must but it's cute...it's comfy...it's on sale....it actually fits...and it'll look great with skinny jeans OR leggings. I mean - it's the perfect shirt :)
That I can't believe that tomorrow I"m going to have a 15 month old - SAY WHAT?!?!
What do you confess?
Hi to all of the people that read my mama's blog! It's me, Camden - taking over today (sssh don't tell mama!) I know mama keeps you all updated with what's going on and such. I don't really understand why she does it all - I think it's all pretty boring stuff. But want to know what's not boring? Books!! That's right - I love books. I love looking at them by myself but I really LOVE sitting on someone's lap and being read to. I love looking at the pictures and flipping the pages. And sometimes the books are even textured or have flaps and I love to be able to touch everything!!! So I wanted to pop in and share with you all some of my current favorite books.
1. Dear Zoo
2. The I Love You Book
3. Snuggle Puppy
4. Our Little Deer
5. Little Blue Truck's Christmas
6. Daddy and Me
7. Animal Noises
I really love all books but these ones are definitely some of my current favorites!! I also really, really, really love books with lots of pictures in them (like this one, this one, and this one.) I love to be quizzed by mama and dada and to look at all the colorful pictures. But really most of the time any book will do :)
What are some of your favorite books?
All right well I better go before mama catches me ;) Bye Bye!
Well, well, well. Look who decided to show up...Yup, it's really me. I know I sound like a broken record - I keep making promises about showing up here more often. And then I don't and make excuses for my absence (though not really excuses - just life!) But in any case, I'm here now so that's all that matters, right?!
And, unfortunately, it's Monday. Ugh - why must you suck so bad Monday? Seriously. But Mondays are for weekend recaps - so that's what I've got for you today.
By the time Friday rolled around, I was spent. So what's a girl to do on a Friday night after her kid is in bed? Head to Target for a little retail therapy, of course!!! After I got home I enjoyed a little R&R with the hubs and enjoyed some wine and a donut!
Matt had a training for work all day Saturday, so it was just me and the babes for the day. Camden took an awesome morning nap so I was not only able to get ready for the day but I also cleaned the downstairs, put a couple pics in some new frames, and planned out our dinners for the week!! After nap, we headed to music class. He did so well this week - he has really gotten comfortable and participates now (he was even in the front of the room with the teacher at one point leaving me to dance and sing all by myself!) Matt ended up getting home earlier than expected so I headed out for a quick run while the little one napped. After my run we all attempted to run a quick errand...but as soon as we got to the store we realized there was a blowout...so we quickly changed diapers and clothes...said to heck with the errand and headed back home!! Once Camden was in bed for the night, I went grocery shopping, we did some food prep for the week, then relaxed on the couch (we're currently binge watching Scandal - soooo good!!!) Saturday night we also got to experience our first middle of the night party. Camden apparently thought it'd be fun to be awake from 9:45 til about midnight. Mad props to the hubs for dealing with him most of the time <3
Sunday we were all a little extra sleepy let me tell ya. But the weather was so nice we actually got outside and went for a walk! Camden is currently obsessed with cars so it was fun to go for a walk so he could see all the cars on the road. He loved it!!! We then met up with my parents for an early dinner and then did a few things (thanks to Amazon prime I purchased all sorts of fun stuff to put in Camden's Easter basket - one less thing to worry about!) before watching the Super Bowl.
What did ya'll do this weekend?
Someone hand me a dust rag so I can get rid of all the cob webs that have accumulated here. I mean, really, Renee? 19 days since my last post?! And yet it feels like it was just yesterday. My how the days fly by.
But have no fear. I am here. And alive. This time of year sucks. Anyone who works in the Accounting field knows this. Life for us for January through April is insane...like legit INSANE! On top of that, I have a 14 month old. Who knows what he wants. And when he wants it. And if things don't happen on his terms - his world comes crashing down. And then two seconds later he's running over to me, giving me a kiss, and telling me he loves me. Toddlers I tell ya (and I LOVE every second of it!)
With all that being said, I miss this space. I miss showing up here regularly and posting. So I have to get better at this, no matter how crazy busy I am. I just need to make the time to do this. So that is my goal!
So really this is just a quick life update. Work is crazy. Camden is growing like a weed (we started music class a few weeks ago so that's been fun for all of us!) We're just doing our thing - getting through each day - and doing the best we can.
I hope ya'll had a good weekend. And I promise to get better at showing up on here more frequently :)
Hey ~ I'm Renée...just your ordinary, 30-something Accountant, new mommy, wife, runner, foodie, & Pinterest addict! Welcome to my newest adventure...stay awhile...look around...and keep comin' back!