We have had a GREAT week around here! With Bryant sick last week, I was going absolutely stir crazy so I was excited to have a few days to get out of the house and get back to normal.
Ginnie’s New House
My grandmother decided this year it was time to downsize. She got the cutest little apartment and my aunt and mom have spent the last few weeks working hard to fix it up. It’s so weird to think she’s not in the house I grew up with her in, but I know she will love her new place just as much as it becomes home!
2. Baby Led Weaning Update
We set a goal for Bryant to try 100 foods before he turns 1 and this week we hit 50 foods! He is doing so good, and loves to eat. There really hasn’t been a food he hasn’t liked so far (which I know won’t last, but don’t rain on my parade) and I love watching him try new foods and textures. This past week we tried quinoa which was a MESS but he really seemed to like it once he got past the texture.
3. Back to School Fusion
We initiated the 6th graders into the youth group this week and it was just pitiful. Taylor always thinks of something gross to dump on their heads or make them eat! It’s hilarious but it makes them stronger in the end : )
Getting Back in the Kitchen
After Bryant was born, and trying to adjust to our new life and routine, we kind of stopped cooking for a while. We ate out a lot or would cook really basic stuff. This month I challenged myself to start cooking again, and I have loved it! This week we tried some new recipes, some tried and true recipes and B even made biscuits last weekend! I’m gonna do a post soon about some of the recipes we’ve tried, so be on the lookout for that.
New Additions to Our Home
With Ginnie moving, she wasn’t able to take all her furniture, so I got her China cabinet. I don’t have one of my own, so I was excited to get something like this from her. I love to entertain, so I have a lot of plates and serving pieces, and I’m happy they all have a home now.
Another addition at the house is our baby gate! We went as long as we could, but we couldn’t avoid it any longer. Bryant wasn’t a fan when we first got it but he is used to it now! And I like that this one is a neutral color and kind of blends in with our current decor. Highly recommend!
Just a disclaimer, there is nothing exciting about this month’s favorites… Just some tried and true things I have actually used A LOT during the month of July! Let me know if you try anything! : )
Ok, I know this is so pricey, but I am NOT exaggerating when I tell you: I use this EVERY day.
Now that Bryant is crawling, and into everything, I have to keep stuff off the floor! Especially around the kitchen and den, where he is the most. This vacuum is cordless and the hanger is also the charger, so it’s always ready to go! I love that I don’t have to touch the canister to empty it, too!
2. Spray Mop
We used a Swiffer for years before I had just had enough. I broke the handle all the time and the pads/cleanser were so expensive over time! We found this on Amazon, and we have never looked back. I use my own cleaner, which I prefer to the Swiffer liquid, but it’s also cheaper! I also really like that the mop pads are washable. Less waste and saving me money = A win-win.
I’ve posted about this before, but I wanted to share it again because Bryant loves it that much! I got this as a shower gift last year when I was pregnant, and just pulled it out of Bryant’s closet. This is his first real interactive toy and he loves it. He pushes all the buttons and flips all the switches himself, plus it will be great for him to push around once he starts walking!
I’ve used towel clips for a couple of summers, but I didn’t realize everyone didn’t have these! I know summer is drawing to a close, but these are a MUST HAVE! I absolutely hate when my towel slides down the back of my chair and balls up behind my back and I’m constantly having to pull it back up and smooth it back out… You know you hate it, too! These clips are really a lifesaver and I highly recommend.
I already shared this on my Instagram, but I have to tell y’all again: This candle is AWESOME.
I like candles, but am pretty picky about my scents. I don’t like anything too smelly or intrusive. But this candle is the BEST non-holiday scent from Bath & Body Works! It’s sweet but not too heavy, and just a perfect summer scent. I am really irritated that I missed their semi-annual sale so I could stock up, but I will still be purchasing more!
Whew! The past few weeks have been so crazy busy! I haven’t even had a chance to catch my breath. We have just been running in every direction, and then we headed to youth camp for a week to top it off! I’m thankful to have had a somewhat normal week to get back on a routine with Bryant! Here is just a little recap of the past week or so…
Baby Led Weaning
We are continuing our baby led weaning journey, and I just thought I would share some of my recent faves.
I found this ravioli at our Kroger and Bryant ate almost the entire container in one sitting! They are the perfect size for his little hands to pick up but not so big I was concerned about choking. He is pretty good with a spoon, but we are still working on fork use so this was pretty much a finger food for him! We will definitely be buying more of these, and trying the different varieties!
We just bought this baby cup for Bryant to practice open cup drinking with and I absolutely love it. He can drink out of it really well if I’m holding it, but we are still working on him doing it himself! He can grip it really well since it’s so small, and it doesn’t hold much, so even if it spills, it’s not a big deal! I won’t go into too much detail, but for more information about teaching your baby to drink from an open cup click here.
2. BaseCamp 2019
Basecamp was a little different this year! I went each afternoon for supper and worship, and then headed home to sleep. I’m thankful for the time I got to go - I even brought Bryant with me on night - but I had major FOMO during the day! My mom is awesome and kept Bryant each evening for us, which I appreciated so much! I really enjoyed camp and I already can’t wait for next year. I think I will feel more comfortable leaving Bryant all week when he’s a little older, but we will see………
3. Cousin’s Day 2019
This year me, my sisters and my cousins planned a day to hang out and celebrate summer together. It was a blast! We ate chips and dip and tacos, swam in the pool, played games and sang karaoke! My sister Michelle wasn’t able to make it, and she was truly missed! But the rest of us had a great time. I hope this becomes an annual tradition!
4. Moving the Furniture Around
My husband and I are an excellent example of the old saying “Opposites Attract”. I am so spontaneous and random, but he is very concise and thoughtful. So, of course the other day when he got home from work, he wasn’t surprised that the furniture was all completely moved around.
I haven’t even decided if I want to keep it like this, but I like it for now… The dog days of summer are getting to me, y’all!
5. Bryant is 8 Months old!
My boy is growing on me, y’all. I can’t believe we are nearing the end of his first year! Bryant loves the water, he loves people and he is truly the happiest little guy. I am so grateful that I get to stay home with him most days. He keeps me on my toes — the days of laying on the couch while he chills on the floor are OVER — but, he is so fun. I wouldn’t trade these times for anything!