Oh my gosh, I cannot believe Christmas is ONE WEEK away. I am SO thrilled and cannot wait to make the drive to Florida to spend the holiday with my family next week. But until then, let’s focus on the present and chat about what we’re all loving most this week!
(I’ve always thought Mimi looked so beautiful and glamorous in that photo. I love and miss you so much, Meems.)
Without a doubt, what I am loving most this week is that Ryan had a successful surgery yesterday. He had surgery to remove a hernia and it took place early yesterday morning. I had him home before lunchtime and now he’s relaxing and recovering. Lots of rest is on the agenda for this weekend!
And speaking of Ryan… Here’s a random little aside for those of you who may be new to the blog… I stumbled upon this throwback post from 2012 yesterday that features the Evolution of Ryan’s Hair and it made me smile! It’s hard to believe that when I first met him he had long, shaggy blonde hair. Love it.
Well, that was a random start to this blog post, huh? Clearly I’m feeling a little all over the place today!
Let’s move onto your usual Things I’m Loving Friday list of favorites…
Things I’m Loving Friday
- Holiday Phone Case
A few weeks ago, I placed an order on Casetify.com for three holiday phone cases (one for me, one for my mom and one for my sister) and they finally arrived late last week. Though I was hoping the holiday phone cases would arrive in time for us to enjoy them during the entire month of December, I suppose half of the month is okay, too, since we’ll get to use them during future holiday seasons, too. I love my JOY case and received a sweet text from my mom and sister saying their new cases made them smile when they got them in the mail earlier this week! Since I had the same phone case for years when I had my last phone, it’s fun to change things up a bit this time around. When I had my last phone I started to become superstitious and felt like my old Zazzle case was the only reason I never busted up my phone since I dropped it so many times! I was scared to switch it up!
- Santa’s White Christmas Coffee
Yep, this was definitely an impulse buy at Publix earlier this week! I threw a bag of Barnie’s Santa’s White Christmas coffee into my cart and have been enjoying it every morning with my beloved Fairlife whole milk and a splash of eggnog. It tastes like Christmas in a cup!
Ever since Chase made his debut over the summer, I’ve been looking for ways to streamline some of my tasks related to blogging. Up until now, I’ve never automated anything, used any scheduling tools or had any help, but I’m constantly feeling way behind on everything and I’m hoping CoSchedule will help alleviate this feeling a bit. I’ve read a lot about it and think it will be incredibly helpful when it comes to scheduling my social media shares ahead of time, managing my editorial calendar (errr… the one I hope to maintain better in 2016), etc. I started using it this week and so far find it fairly user friendly which is a major plus.
I was going to wait until Chase’s five month recap to blog about this sleepsuit, but I can’t hold it in any longer. It really is MAGICAL. During Chase’s four month check up, his pediatrician said we needed to stop swaddling him at night. Even though Chase isn’t rolling over from his back to his front yet (he’s been rolling the other way since he was 3-ish weeks old!), his doctor said it could happen any day now and swaddling him at night could be dangerous if he managed to flip himself over. Well, that’s all this paranoid mama needed to hear. It was time for the swaddle to go. Cue panic! Swaddling was the only way we could every get Chase to chill out and settle down before bedtime and naptime. What in the world were we going to do!?
I then remembered Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit, a puffy sleepsuit that is supposed to help with dropping the swaddle, that Meghann sent to me before Chase was born. I dug it out of the closet in Chase’s nursery and figured it was worth a shot. Before bedtime that night, I zipped Chase into the ridiculous-looking marshmallow suit. I nursed him as usual and when I placed him in his crib, I expected pure mayhem. Instead I was greeted with a sleepy baby who settled almost immediately. I pretty much ran around our house high-fiving Ryan and my mom (she was still in town from her Thanksgiving visit at the time) and we laughed repeatedly at his goofy splayed-out appearance on the baby monitor. The suit may look ridiculous, but it totally worked for our little man. I just had to share it here just in case any of you are in the same boat. If your baby is a swaddle lover but you need to drop it soon, I cannot recommend this sleepsuit enough. It is MAGIC and worth every penny.
- Nothing Bundt Cakes’ Gingerbread Bundt Cake
After Ryan’s ACL surgery, I had a surprise mini lemon bundt cake waiting for him from Nothing Bundt Cakes and for this round of surgery I wanted to do something similar. Chase and I picked up their seasonal gingerbread cake yesterday and had it waiting for him at home when he was all done. Of course I had to get one for myself as well because the mini cakes are irresistible and the gingerbread flavor was on point. So tasty!
- Friday Flashbacks
Roundup of Holiday Recipes (Lots of yummy festive treats in this 2012 post!)
Hot Holidays Workout (A throwback workout from 2013 that targets the whole body!)
My friends at Lorna Jane passed along this discount to me to share with you guys! Use the code LJTIGHTS through December 31 to receive $10 off any of the tights on their site! They have tons of cute options and fun patterns!
Just a note: Conditions apply. This offer is not in conjunction with any other offer and is only available while stocks last. Valid online at lornajane.com from 12/9/15-/12/31/15. There are no product substitutions unless specified by Lorna Jane. Lorna Jane has the right to extend offer periods without notice. The promotional code must be entered at the shopping cart section of the checkout process to redeem this offer online and it cannot be added after the order has been placed and the confirmation email has been sent.
- Minted Giveaway Winners
The winners of last Friday’s Minted Giveaway were emailed earlier this week. Congrats to Karin, Emily and Melissa! And thank you so much to all who entered!
Question of the Day
- What is one thing you are loving this week?