Random Thoughts On A Tuesday
- Already In Party Planning Mode
For a mama who wasn’t sure she even wanted to throw her baby a first birthday party, I’m already getting way too into party planning… and Chase’s party is still two months away! I’ve always loved planning and throwing themed parties and over the weekend my sister and I had a little too much fun pinning ideas on Pinterest and browsing Etsy and Minted for decorations, invitations and inspiration. (I also watched a small handful of YouTube DIY videos for some homemade party decoration ideas! Such a great *free* resource!) Oh and don’t worry… I’m not delusional enough to think our party will look anything like the Pinterest-perfect image you see above. So gorgeous, right!?
I already shared the theme with you guys (we’re going with “You Are My Sunshine” since that’s the song I sing to Chase every night that always elicits the biggest gummy smile from him… and simultaneously makes me tear up) and our color scheme is going to be a mix of bright and muted yellows along with mint green. Even though we’re trying to keep the guest list small and the party intimate, I cannot help but feel way too excited to celebrate our little guy at the end of July!
- Whenever I Buy Cereal At The Grocery Store, I Will Break Into It Before I Arrive Home
Eating cereal in the car immediately after you buy it is some kind of a cereal rule, right? I actually give myself a lot of credit for having the self control to wait until I get in my car to bust into the box! Also, I’m pretty positive 98% of the cereal I eat comes straight out of the box. Ain’t nobody got time for bowls.
- Sometimes There’s Nothing Better Than Super Sweaty Cardio
(Pic from my Snapchat –> juliepbfingers)
When it comes to fitness, I generally prefer strength training above all else but some days there is absolutely nothing better than a seriously sweaty cardio workout. At Burn Boot Camp yesterday morning, we went through as many rounds of the cardio circuit you see above for 25 minutes. Everyone was incredibly sweaty by the end and it was phenomenal. My body was craving a good sweat after a lazy weekend and this workout seriously delivered.
- Siggi’s Coconut = Great Recommendation
When I blogged about my love for Siggi’s vanilla yogurt a few weeks ago, a few of you chimed in to encourage me to try the coconut flavor. Well, you are all a bunch of brilliant geniuses. The coconut is fantastic – not overly sweet like a lot of yogurt out there – and incredibly creamy. Plus, 13 grams of protein isn’t something to scoff at either. I love adding fresh berries or cacao nibs (or both) to it for some texture and think it’s fantastic.
- Missing Family
I feel so lucky to live in a place Ryan and I absolutely love and we’ve met some wonderful friends since moving to North Carolina, but sometimes I must admit I get quite envious of those who live near their families. Ryan and I have both always been close to our families but it wasn’t until Chase entered the picture that I realized just how nice it would be to have our families close by. (This feeling may also be exacerbated because it seems like a lot of my friends here DO have family nearby so I have to constantly remind myself that there are TONS of people who don’t live near family out there, too!)
I want to share the joys of raising a little boy with the people who love him most and even though pictures, videos, phone calls, FaceTime and texts are helpful, there’s something I love so much about seeing Chase interact with our family members in person that can’t be replicated from afar. Plus, I want him to grow up knowing and loving his grandparents, great grandmother, aunt and uncle. I know in my heart he absolutely will have fantastic relationships with all of them even if it does take some extra planning and travel, but man it sure would be nice to live in the same town as everyone we love!
- The Timing of Dirty Diapers
Chase has incredible timing when it comes to his dirty diapers. I wish I had the timing in life that Chase seems to have with managing to have a dirty diaper the minute we are about to rush out the door…
- Wearing Jewelry (and My Hair Down) Is A Battle
I try to wear my hair down and throw on some jewelry on occasion, but I swear every time I do this, I end up taking off my jewelry and pulling my hair back because jewelry and long hair are big-time distractions for Chase when he’s nursing. If I’m wearing bracelets or a watch, he gets this crazed look on his face and immediately does some shockingly acrobatic back bends to try to get to my jewelry. This clearly derails feeding and whenever I forget to take off my jewelry before nursing Chase, I always pay the price with a way-too-distracted baby. And wearing my hair down is just asking for it to be pulled! (File this under things I never thought would be an issue before Chase was born! Now the extent of jewelry I wear on a daily basis is a hair tie around my wrist.)
Question of the Day
- What is one totally random thought you’ve had recently?