Loving Lately: Toddler Edition

I made another video and you have no one to blame but yourselves. That's what you get for encouraging me. Sorry!

I'm talking toddler stuff today and if you just want to click back on Monday because tear free shampoo and sippy cups aren't your thang, it won't hurt my feelings. Not even a little bit. 

Have an awesome long weekend!

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Leaving on a Jet Plane

Well, Maine, it's been fun. We'll be back for Christmas but until then, I'm packing up my toddler, all the goldfish in the world and headed back to good 'ol Texas. 

I've got my fingers crossed for an on time flight, an iPad that has properly downloaded every conceivable episode of Daniel Tiger, and ample patience.

See you tomorrow for another video...oh yeah, that's right. I made another one.

Guest Post: Fun with Food

My attempts at crafty mom often fall short, but thank goodness for Instagram and its ability to let me live vicariously through moms who've mastered the art of fun food. Bree started as an Etsy customer, turned insta-friend who has the sweetest babe just about Olivia's age. After seeing some of her fun and healthy breakfast creations, I asked her if she'd guest post for me so you all could be inspired by her, rather than bored by me. Thankfully, she said yes.

Hi everyone! I'm Bree, momma to a sweet 22 month old babe named Peyton and blogger over at stucklikepbandj.blogspot.com

I'm so honored that Megan asked me to guest post about some of my favorite breakfast ideas for little ones.

Whoever said you can't play with your food doesn't live in our house ;) When it comes to feeding Peyton, I try and make meal time fun for her/us. She is one busy little toddler who enjoys building with blocks, loving on her baby dolls and watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse; breakfast better be worth taking a break from playing!

Most of the meals and snacks I make are from ideas that I've found on Pinterest. I still can't believe people ever lived without it. I will usually change up a few foods depending on what P prefers and what we have in the kitchen.

Simple & easy is my style. We all know how fast a hungry toddler can get you moving! Here are five of our favorite 'fun' breakfasts. They take just a few minutes to put together.

Sunshine: An orange slice, Kix cereal, blueberries & a strawberry

Ice Cream: A waffle, slices of bananas & a raspberry on top ;)

Peanut Butter Bear: Whole wheat toast, peanut butter, bananas & blueberries (I've also seen it made with oatmeal)

Watermelon Slice: White toast, strawberry spread, raisins & green grapes - we cut them up before eating

Fruit Flag: Watermelon, bananas & blueberries (perfect for Labor Day weekend!)

These fun breakfasts are worth every second of making when you see your little one's face light up (and a plate that's fully cleared) Everyone wins in my book! ;)

You can also follow us on Instagram (breegale) Thanks so much for letting us share, Megan!

Our Own Traditions

With our time in Maine coming to a close I'm thinking about the months ahead before we come back. We'll have visitors and really love living in Texas, so it's not as though I'm dreading going back, but it's got me thinking about living away from family and what that means. 

This first year was kind of a blur and I felt like our families really made the effort to fly down, spend a lot of time with us, and help us adjust to our new life, so it's just now really hitting me that we're as far away as we are. Not entirely sure why I'm having such a delayed reaction, but oh well.

Fall being just around the corner is playing a part too. It's my favorite season and it's a little weird that I won't see my family for my birthday, go apple picking with my cousins, or to think about how they won't get to see Olivia in her Halloween costume. I used to carve pumpkins with my grandparents and head over to their houses on Halloween every year, so I'm thinking about what traditions we'll start with our own little family now that we live away.

My little elephant last year.

We'll pick pumpkins, paint or carve them, drink apple cider, and trick or treat and all that, but I'm just kind of thinking about things we can do to make the seasons special and what traditions she'll remember when she grows up. 

My ideas so far:

Yeah. I need to get Pinteresting. Any suggestions for favorite Fall activities that you loved as a kid? Also, if you're in Houston and know of some great places to visit for petting zoos/pumpkin picking/corn mazes, etc. please let me know!

Weekend Photos

Thanks so much for all the nice comments on Friday's post and my first video! I think I'll do another one - it was fun and I think it's easier to review products that way sometimes, so stay tuned.

Our amazing photographer kicked my weekend off right with this little family photo preview on Friday:

I texted her something like "I'm having a stroke" which she knows by now is my calm way of saying I liked them, they were fine, I guess they're ok. I posted another one on Instagram if you want to check that out over there, but I'll try not to spam you with more than a couple recycled photos today!

We had a really fun and busy weekend that left us both feeling a little worn out but it was the most fun we've had in a long time, so no regrets over here.

Ryan's best friend got married on Saturday and he was in the wedding, which left me to get ready with the girls, which was such a nostalgic blast. Totally brought me back to college, minus the Freshman 20 I carried with me all four years.

A little highlighting/contouring action with my most awkward smile and fancy top knot. Whenever I highlight, Ryan says I look like Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean. Try hard not to envy the glam, ok?

The wedding guests included nearly all our best friends from college, who came from all over, and that really just made it for us. That and the gelato station.

After a late night, Ryan caught an early flight back to Houston on Sunday morning and Olivia had me up early for some breakfast and chalk.

We spent the rest of Sunday at the lake, taking Liv for her first boat ride, eating blueberry pie, digging in the sand, and soaking up our last weekend in Maine.

Her wild, crazy lady hair is my favorite thing these days.

As ready as I am to get back to my own bed and my own routine, it's going to be hard to say goodbye to most of our families until Christmas in a few days. Silver lining of flying solo with a toddler, though? Doesn't leave much room for grieving. 

Have an awesome week!

Loving Lately: An Experiment in Embarrassment

I did really poorly with taking photos this week, so I'm throwing up my first video ever....cringe.

Actually it was fun and hopefully you'll give my novice video making self a pass on the quality of this.

Also, I really want to apologize about the thumbnail image. It's scary.

Have a great weekend!!

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Dating My Husband

Don't worry, this isn't a relationship/marriage advice post. I'm fairly certain I'd be terrible at that. Almost as terrible at that as the mini golf I was embarrassed by yesterday, but that's another uninteresting story. 

We dropped an enthusiastic Liv off with her equally enthusiastic grandparents yesterday and managed to sneak away for a whole day together. I think it's been a year since we had more than a meal child free and we needed it. Not the break from her, per se, but a chance to have uninterrupted conversation, take a long car ride, and sort things out.

Life's a little crazy these days, a little stressful (because welcome to life), and sometimes we don't always feel like we're playing on the same team. It's hard when we don't really understand what the other person is actually doing all day and we don't always have enough time/patience/silence to catch up the way we need to so we can feel like we get what's going on with each other. Understanding = more empathy, patience, helping. You get the point. What I'm painfully aware of is that we ain't seen nothing yet in terms of tough times, so that's good perspective. 

Long story short, we caught up. It felt good. I hope we can do it again soon.

We drove to Bar Harbor, had a long lunch that was only interrupted by about 17 work emails and one 15 minute call (wish I were exaggerating but I'm not), and then some mini golf and ice cream. I felt like we were 18 again, because our dates looked exactly like that when we were first dating,  just with fewer stretch marks, no smart phones, and not a clue.

Irish nachos. Yep.

Why is the best ice cream (and probably Listeria) always at little dive shops along the road?

So, we each gained a pound or two and we're both back on Team B with some better understanding and recharged marital batteries. 

Totally worth the snug waistband.
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