Sweet Things

I can't believe I had never read Jenny B. Jones before this book! "In Between" was perfect. Great humor, great storyline and adorable characters. I think Mad Maxine may have been my favorite. I'm convinced she's not a prickly as she wants people to think. I also loved that this book addresses the fears of being a foster kid in high school as we see Katie's story play out. It's a tough, yet fragile topic and Jones did it justice. I can't wait to continue reading the series!

The Brown Sugar Cinnamon syrup from Torani will be the death of me...it's my new-found love and current obsession. Buttery, earthy, and well..."It tastes like Christmas in a cup." Do you know where that quote comes from? From one of the funniest movie's ever. Major props if you know it. ;)

So, what's up with you? Any book or coffee obsessions that I need to know about?? 

Must Have Newborn Items

I've only been at the mommy thing for a few months, but I've already noted praise towards a few items that REALLY helped us during the first two months. The funny thing about this post, is that I had to stop half way through to take care of a blow out diaper. Now, I just want ten showers, and to burn every candle in the house. Ha!

I digress...

1) Miracle Blanket Swaddler: When I first saw this item, I didn't think we would use it much. Everyone had recommended the blanket swaddles, so I assumed that's what we would use. However, Evelynn is a little houdini, and wiggled out of the swaddles no matter how careful we were to use them correctly. The miracle blanket solved that problem right away! Not only that, but it's SO EASY to use!

2) Dr. Brown Bottles: I love how simple they are to use. Also, anything that helps with gas is a plus in my book! Toys R Us was running an amazing steal of a deal on them so we purchased these early on during my pregnancy. I love using the shorter bottles. They are easy to store in diaper bags, etc. And I may have liked the fact that they were pink. ;)

3) Gas Drops: This little bottle is pure miracle juice! Our doctor gave us the green light to use them right away. They have been an absolute life saver for us. Of course, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider before providing any kind of medicine.

4) Wabba Nub Pacifier: Evie loved her paci right away. Within a few weeks, she could grab hold of the stuffed animal and hold it close. It's rare that she's without one!

5) Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets: Although we don't use these as swaddles, I like to keep them on hand when we are out and about during the day. It can be chilly inside stores, so I like to tuck them around her legs while she's in her car seat. They are super soft, and the designs are lovely.

6) Onesies: People told me to stock up on onesies. I wish I had listened, but honestly, I only had a few when she was born. Thankfully, folks let us borrow some, and I stocked up at Target. We went through 2 to 3  a day during those first few weeks!

7) Boon Grass Drying Rack: I confess I didn't pull this out right away. But, one day, I got tired of bottles littering the counter space, so I pulled it out. We both fell in love with it right away! It helps air dry the bottles, keep your counter clutter free, and it's just plain cute.

8) Diaper Cloths: My friend Anna told me to skip the cute burp cloths and stock up on old-fashioned diaper cloths. They are a bit on the pricey side, but boy was she right! These gems are super thick and quickly soak up spit up! Plus, they are wide enough for your shoulder to help protect your clothes. I absolutely love them!!

What were your go to baby items?

Twenty Things About Me

The "Twenty Things" post has been circulating blog land for a while, now, and I thought I'd join in the fun! From what I undetstand, it originated with this blogger. (=

Question 1: How tall are you? 5.5

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what? Ummmm...no.

Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve? When people make snide remarks about other bloggers. So silly, and rude.

Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve? When I rip a fingernail. ARGH! And people posting inappropriate photos on social media. Seriously folks, cover up private parts and put some clothes on! Nobody got eyes for that. 

Question 5: What’s your favorite song? On a Night Like This by Dave Barnes and What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong. 

Question 6: What’s your favorite Etsy shop that isn’t yours? Oh...don't have one, to be honest. I rarely shop online. I guess I should! Ha!

Question 7: What’s your favorite way to spend your free time when you’re alone? Drink coffee, read books, watch chic flicks, and play with make-up. ;)

Question 8: What’s your favorite junk food? Dark Chocolate and Iced Latte's. And Cheesecake. Oh, how I love me some cheesecake. ;)

Question 9: Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names? No, sadly, we are currently petless. I'm hoping for godlen retriever to adopt, and name "Prince Caspian". 

Question 10: What are your number one favorite nonfiction and fiction books? Do I really have to pick? When it comes to non-fiction, I'd have to say any book by Emilie Barnes or Dr. Kevin Leman. For fiction, I'd have to say novels by Jane Austen and Lucy Maude Montegomery. Their writings remain some of my most cherished memories, along with being my favorite "book" friends. 

Question 11: What’s your favorite beauty product? Mineral Veil Powder by Bare Minerals, and I'm obsessed with the lip butter line by NYX.

Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened? I may have had a mild panic attack at church over nothing. Blaming it on the new mom hormones. I started shaking and crying in the foyer. Sigh. :(

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be? Coffee, of course. Specifically, Hazlenut Blend roasted by Guillermo's Coffee in LR, Arkansas. It's fantastic!! 

Question 14: What’s your favorite movie? I have quite a few favorites, but I'll settle on three titles. "You've Got Mail", "Sweet Home Alabama", and "Batman Begins". 

Question 15: What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep? HAHAHA.....oh I was, and still am, THE  NERD. When I look at pictures back then, it's amazing that anyone would be seen with me. Think poofy hair, baggy clothes, and very little, if any, make-up. Yikes!

Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? In the countryside, with a little white farm house. Either here in Arkansas, or, in my beloved Ireland. 

Question 17: PC or Mac? PC (I'm the nerdy type who worries more about coding and interface than design and looks). #truth

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse? He watched old 1950's films with me...when I'm sure he would have rather been watching an action movie. ;)

Question 19: Favorite celebrity? Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. I'd love to redo my entire closet with their attire.

Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want be best friends with? Oh heavens. I do love all my blog friends! Shouting out to Rissi, Karen, and Callie! I *love* their blogs!

What's a fun fact about you that I might not know? 

Good Night, Little Pumpkin {Review & Giveaway}

In this fun little book, we meet Milo! He's dressed as the families little pumpkin, and doesn't want the night at the festival to end. He plays games, creates art, and follows his sister into a hay maze. The story itself is simple, but enjoyable for younger readers.

I really loved the colorful artwork, and scalloped edges of the book. Also, it's a board book which is perfect for my growing collection for baby Evie.

Congrats to the Well-Read Redhead!

Enter to win this book by answering the question below!

- This adorable book evokes some favorites sites and sounds of fall. What are your favorite sites, sounds, or smells of fall? 

Many thanks to Tommy Nelson for my free copy in exchange for an honest review, and for parterning with my blog to bring you this fun giveaway!

Falling for Autumn

I made my fall wreath for the front door this year. It was such a simple and low budget project! Just wrap a foam wreath with burlap ribbon, secure with hot glue, and add your favorite flowers! Now that the wreath is hung, fall candles are burning, and my monogram pumpkins are out...I'm ready for the happiest season of all. ;) Bring on the hoodies, boots, scarves, pumpkin spice latte's, thick books, watching "fall" themed movies, warm pies out of the oven and rainy weekends!!

What's your favorite thing about this time of year?