Tuesday, September 2, 2014

APPLES

Three day weekends are so wonderful.  And they don't come around often enough.  Amiright?

Of course I am!

In addition to the plethora of sales we took advantage of this past weekend, we added some additional things to our to-do list.

Ok mainly one thing.



Apple picking.



Nothing says fall like apple picking, right?  Especially when it is 80 degrees outside and you are sweating.

We live not too far from a u-pick orchard with dwarf apples trees.  And it is only $10 for a 5 gallon bucket of apples.  We picked a bunch of hone crisps, gala, and smoothie (an early golden delicious) apples.

Henry wasn't so into picking the apples.  He had more fun picking the leaves.  But he did enjoy throwing (and I mean THROWING) the apples into the bucket.


 And, of course, eating them.



 And feeding the same apple to Phil.



I was kind of nervous for him to eat apples.  I don't know why.  I guess I was just worried they would be a choking hazard.  He did fine.  The fact that he has at least 4 teeth coming in right now is even more reason I shouldn't be concerned.  And no, that's not an exaggeration.  We can feel at least 4.

Henry's method of gently throwing the apples into the bucket left about half of them very bruised.  I was forced to make THESE.  I used a cup of liquid (part water, part grape juice), added a tsp of vanilla, used white sugar instead of vanilla sugar, and about 2/3 the cinnamon listed.  They are SO GOOD!



Here's what Henry thought of them:

{"Mo.  Mo.  Mo."}


Hated them obviously.

We are hoping we can get through all the apples we picked in a couple of weeks so we can go pick more!

Friday, August 29, 2014

5 Things Friday

Well... I lost another blog follower.

I know I should be above it, but I'm not going to lie... I kind of sucks watching something I worked so hard on just keep losing traction.  It's not that I write this to have followers, but it is kind of fun to watch those numbers go up.  And it kind of sucks to watch them go down.

Part of it is my fault.  I haven't exactly written a lot lately.  And none of it is earth-shattering stuff.  I currently don't have a health crisis (thank goodness!) or pregnancy (not yet!) to post about.  And as much as I am sure people want to read about engineering or the 3 hours I get to spend with Henry every day, I think some of my material has been a bit of a snooze.

But I digress... Let's get back to an actual post.

Since Labor Day is this weekend, that means 3 day weekend and SALES!!

We basically one 1 income and a new house, so money is tight which means bargain shopping is all the more important.  So I rely on sales to get the best deal I possibly can.  Here's a list of the things I have my eyes on this weekend via online or in-store sales.


1.  Fall and Winter will require Henry to wear actual shoes again instead of the sandals he has been stinking up for the last few months.  Thankfully, Henry doesn't need more shoes (I bought ahead during some winter sales earlier this spring).  What Henry does need are some socks.  And while it seems silly, I have some definite opinions when it comes to socks for Henry.

Since Henry will hopefully be the first of more children for us, I like to purchase things that will last.  Quality is important to me.  I don't want sock that pill easily.  I also don't want Henry to be able to get them off super easily.  As fun as it is to put socks on over and over and OVER again, once is enough for me.

Trial and error has taught me that there is one brand that REALLY has awesome socks.

Osh Kosh.

I'm sure there are some others out there that are equally amazing, but I LOVE these socks.  That last, they stay on, they aren't too thin and I can purchase a 6-pack of identical socks which means they are super easy to match out of the laundry basket (that's the real selling point).

{Socks found HERE}


This weekend, Osh Kosh has them on sale for $10 instead of $20.  2 packs of white socks and pack of the colored socks will give us every day and dress socks for the year or maybe longer.

Osh Kosh also hase 25% off a purchase of $50 or more.  They also have jeans starting at $10 a pair and polos for $7.  If I can find some cute stuff in some larger sizes, I might also be using that coupon as well.


2.  Osh Kosh's sister company, Carter's, is also having a sale.  Similar discount over $50 plus almost everything is 50% off.

As much as I would love to dress Henry is super chic outfits every day, it just doesn't make sense at daycare.  The main priority at daycare is to have fun, not to stay clean, and that means Henry usually comes home pretty dirty.  Honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way.  I would much rather he come home happy, exhausted, and having had a fun day than super clean.  If we are going somewhere after daycare, I just bring a change of clothes.  No bid deal.  But that means I need some comfy and semi-cute clothes for daycare (that also accomodate the cloth diaper butt).

I think the outfits below would be excellent daycare outfits.  Comfy and cute.  Mission accomplished.

{Mini Lumberjack outfit HERE}


{Hunk outfit HERE}

3.  It's not all about Henry over here.  Phil and I have a date night on the horizon and I bought the cutest little dress a few months ago on clearance (like for $13):

{AE Mesh Body Con Dress HERE}


Only problem... I need some shoes to go with.  We will be at a concert where I know I will be on my feet for 3 hours, so they can't be a super high heel.  And I am thinking a bootie would be super cute.  Number one on my are at none other than Target (found HERE) but I like THESE too.

Even better, Target has buy one get one 1/2 off AND if you use the Cartwheel app, you can also get 25% off shoes.

4.  Today and today only, Bath and Body Works has all of their hand soap on sale for just $3 each.  Based on my research, that is the cheapest they will come until they go on clearance.  And it might be a stupid thing to spend money on, but I am a total suck on seasonal scented things.  It makes me inappropriately happy to have fall scented hand soap, so I guess it is worth the $3.



5.  My brother told me this week that Apple has recently found out that a batch of their iPhone 5 phones have faulty batteries.  To fix the problem, they are willing to replace the batteries of the affected phones.  So I went to THIS website and entered in my serial number and, lo and behold, I QUALIFY.  I am so excited because, no joke, by 9 in the morning my phone shows 25% battery left.  That doesn't really count as shopping, but it does require us to go to the Apple store this weekend.


So there you go... a little shopping this weekend.  Phil is cringing reading this I am sure.  Partially because of the $$$ and partially because he knows he will have to go shopping with me.  Poor guy.  At least he and Henry can commiserate together.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Beached

After we got back from San Francisco, we immediately turned around and headed to my family's annual camping trip (read about past years HERE and HERE, and I can't believe I didn't blog about camping last year).

Did we go camping?

No.

For several reasons.

1)  I didn't want to deal with packing for San Francisco AND packing for camping at the same time.  That sounds like A LOT of work.

2)  Phil needed to work at least one of the days of the camping trip.  That meant either he would have to drive back or join us the second day.

3)  I wasn't sure how we would put Henry to sleep in a tent.  When he is a little older and we can rationalize with him a little, I think it will be easier.  But I just didn't want to deal with it.  It didn't sound super relaxing to me.

4)  I didn't know how I was going to keep Henry warm sleeping in a tent.  Camping at the Oregon coast can be COLD.  I mean, this is how he was dressed last year:

{Doesn't he look comfy?}

And here's another couple from last year, just because I apparently didn't blog about it:




Oh my gosh I shouldn't have looked through those pictures... feeling very nostalgic now.

Anyway, back to my story.

So we decided that Henry and I would drive back and forth each day.  That way we could sleep in our own beds, Phil could join us  on Saturday no problem, and I had less packing (like NONE) and so much less laundry.

It was about a 2 hour drive each way.  But my brother has a rule that you need to stay somewhere at least twice as long as you spend traveling.  And averaged over the 2 days, we did that.

All of this typing to say that WE WENT TO THE BEACH!!













Monday, August 25, 2014

I'm a failure!!!

So remember when I wrote about Jiggle-free July?  And I said I was going to start it over again in August?

Well... I started off really well.  I even had a couple of people on Facebook who were doing it with me.  One of my friends coined it "Asses and Ab in August".  Excellent name.

But then we got some discouraging news.  Phil's advisor, who had told him to schedule his defense for September, told him he didn't have enough time in the next month to get Phil to his defense and he needed to move it back.  We were both pretty upset.

They stress of that coupled with preparing for our trip to SF kicked my gastritis into gear again.  That had me in a great deal of pain for a couple of days.  Funny story:  I called the doctor's office because I was in so much pain and they proceeded to ask me question after question to find out if I was having a heart attack.  I'm 29.  Over the phone, the doctor said it was probably gastritis (which I have had in the past) but he wanted me to go to Urgent Care to get checked out.  When I got to Urgent Care, they called me back to the exam room before I had even checked in (that never happens!) and then when the female doctor in her mid-50s came in, she proceeded to look at herself in the mirror and fix her hair for the first minute she was in there while I was explaining my symptoms.

Anyway...

And then when we were in San Francisco, I was so tired from all the walking and Henry carrying I was too exhausted to do any exercising.

Excuses, excuses...  I stopped doing the workout.

I'm don't my best to get back on track now that I am home and getting back into working out.

And I am determined to try again in September!!!

Phil is convinced that whenever I try to do a schedule-based workout, I always get sick.  And so far he is right.  I did a squat challenge in January and got strep throat.  Jiggle-free July saw food poisoning twice (or was it 3 times?).  Asses and Abs in August brought gastritis.  What do you think September will bring?  Smiles?

Cheesy?  Possibly.  But I am optimistic.





So if you feel like joining me in firming up in September, I say GO FOR IT!!  Heaven knows I could use the motivation of having people do it with.  I had several women (all moms with babies younger than Henry) say they were doing it with me last month, but that wasn't enough to keep me on track.  If you expect me to finish it... well... let's hope history doesn't repeat itself.

Gotta git fit before the Halloween candy bowl comes out!

Friday, August 22, 2014

5 Things Friday: Fall is coming!!

I actually have a trend for this 5 Things Friday...

We have completed almost all of our Summer To-Do List items (at least all of them that we will actually get accomplished) and that means that mentally, I am gearing up for FALL!!

I know Fall doesn't actually start until the end of September.  And a lot of people are really dreaded the end of Summer.  But Fall is my absolute FAVORITE time of year.  And I am so excited to be spending our first fall season in our new house.

So here's this week's list, with a Fall twist.


1)  Starbucks may have announced that the Pumpkin Spice Latte will be coming out August 25th, but I am going to do my best to resist until at least after Labor Day.  I have some standards over here.  Last year, I was off dairy because I was nursing and Henry was not happy when I ate dairy.  That meant soy drinks.  I tried to trick myself into thinking that it still tasted good, but it really didn't.  There was a weird after taste.  Plus, Phil HATES all things soy (he knows too much about what soy does to the body).  But this year, I can indulge in as much cow's milk PSL as my wallet (and husband) will allow.



2)  We recently got a Hobby Lobby in Oregon (pretty sure it is the first one) and it will take all of my self-control to not go on a full-on shopping spree to decorate my new house.

{image from HERE}

3)  It's not just candles, I now have a fireplace which means I need (NEED) to decorate with seasonal appropriate things.  Did you read that, Phil?  NEED.

{image from HERE}

Granted, we have our television above the fireplace, so most of those ideas won't really work.  But I think I can figure something out.

4)  Phil and I keep thinking of fun things we want to do with Henry again this year.  So far, the list includes, apple picking and the pumpkin patch.  Because we are SUPER original.  But we are also thinking of doing a 5k or 10k at a Harvest Festival, which means running through farms on a early, foggy morning.  Nothing says Fall like that.  I think I will refer to this handy-dandy pinterest list:

{image from HERE}


{Pictures from last year at the pumpkin patch}


5)  I'm also having daydreams of hot apple cider, pumpkin scented candles, crisp fall mornings, thick sweaters and scarves, and making this recipe:


{Recipe found HERE}

Couple that with the fall scented lotions, body washes, and hand soaps Phil gave me the go-ahead to purchase last night (he knows Fall scented everything is my love language)...

My house and I are going to smell GREAT!!!



So that's my list!!  I can't get these things off my mind!!  I will fight the urge to dive into fall before at least September starts.  Wish me luck!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

San Fran: Highs and Lows


We were in San Francisco for 5 days while Phil was at a conference.  He was there to present a poster of his work (and hopefully do a little networking for a future big boy job).  While he was busy during the day (and evening), Henry and I headed out to explore the city.

It turns out that San Francisco isn't the most baby-friendly city.  Obviously it isn't super walkable.  But mass transit isn't super fun with a stroller either.  Almost every BART station elevator we took either smelled like urine or cigarette smoke.

We had a couple other lows on the trip.  Like when the crazy lady walking behind us decided she wanted to start running.  And ran straight into the back of me.  That happened on a day that I had been carrying Henry in the Ergo carrier all day, so my back was already exhausted.

There was the time another crazy lady started FREAKING OUT, dropping the F-word and throwing her sweatshirt around 5 feet in front of Henry.  Not going to lie, I felt my inner momma bear emerging.  It wouldn't have been good.  I mean, getting in a fist fight with a crazy person isn't on my vacation to-do list.

Or we could talk about how we were sitting down, eating dinner when Phil said, "Do you smell that?"

"Yeah," I said.

"That's marijuana."

"Oh..."

I never really knew what it smelled like.  After this trip... I do.



The trip also had some pretty good highs as well.  Like getting to spend 5 whole days with Henry.  He and I haven't spent that much time together, just us since he was a newborn.  He's a little more fun now.  We went and saw the sea lions, walked around the piers, went to Ghiradelli Square for some ice cream, rode the cable cars, found some playgrounds, went to the aquarium, swam.

Just to name a few.

All in all, I think we all had a good time.


Pretty sure.

Monday, August 18, 2014

I'm BAAAACK!!!

Where have I been?  You didn't know you missed me, but have no fear... I have returned.

I'm a big believer in not advertising when we are away from the house for more than a day and since I really didn't have much else prepared ahead of time, the blog/social media went silent.  I didn't even post pictures to Instagram, which is practically unheard of around here.

So again... where were we?

Phil had a conference in SAN FRANCISCO and Henry and I couldn't help ourselves but to tag along.  5 days away from our favorite man?  Heck no!!  While Phil was busy at the conference, Henry and I hit the town for some adventures of our own.

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{Walking around the park by the hotel and trying to get in the fountain}

{Upper deck of a hop on hop off tour bus}

{Being super cute}

{Eating ice cream at Ghiradelli Square}

{And then being really upset when I wouldn't let him eat it all}


{Do you think he's spoiled?  It was too cute to not purchase them}


We are home now and Henry is in heaven having all of his toys back and I am in heaven because I don't have to constantly chase him around a un-baby proof room saying, "Don't touch that!" 8,000 times.

I am also equipped with many a story to tell (lucky blog).

All in all, it was a great trip.  Henry and I haven't spent that much quality time together just the two of us since he was a newborn and it was easy to tell that he and I are a lot more bonded after the trip.  It's small things like he holds my hand while he walks (he never did that before) and he likes to cuddle before bed (never did that either).
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