Friday Finds and Favorites Hop #5


I am so happy it's Friday! This week has gone by so slowly for me. Tomorrow is my due date, finally!!! Please send me your prayers and birth vibes, guys! I'd love to go into labor this week so I don't have to plan an induction.

My fave thing this week would have to be piƱa coladas! Non-alcoholic, of course. :)



My legs and feet have been swelling pretty badly this week. (I'll spare you all the pics of that, hahah.) My mom brought over this magnesium oil and said it would help. I was pretty skeptical, but it actually made the swelling go down almost back to normal. I was seriously impressed.




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Six and a Half :)


My baby girl will be 6½ on the 28th!!!


Kay has been doing great. She's growing up so fast. She's smart, funny, silly, and STUBBORN. She really amazes us every day (usually in a good way, hahah).


She lives in the moment, and feels all her emotions very intensely. If she is happy, you can practically see the joy radiating from her. If she is angry, watch out! There's no stopping the Kaylee tantrum once it begins.


She has loved being in gymnastics these past few months, and recently did her end of the year performance which was adorable. She even got a medal! We're so proud of her. She's really taken to it like a fish to water and can't wait to start again in September.


Kay is a very creative kid and always coming up with ideas. Recently, she organized all the neighborhood kids to clean up trash! She's definitely a leader, although she doesn't always use her powers for good. She is generally that one kid at the playground who finds something dangerous to do and all the other kids copy it, lol.


She is very thirsty for knowledge. She has so many questions for us, and we end up looking things up online a lot for her. We also go to the library and have her pick out books she's interested in. Lately she has been into ocean life and says she wants to be a marine biologist (among other things) when she grows up.


She had a great school year. Watching her graduate was so bittersweet! I felt like Kindergarten just passed by so fast, and she grew up so much. It's like suddenly she can read, write, add, and subtract. I guess I wasn't expecting her to learn so much, so fast. She is also doing a science camp this month.


She has also matured a lot, and gotten a lot better with getting along with her peers. I think a huge part of it was her teacher this year was really great and understood how special Kaylee is, even though sometimes it seems like she is a bit of a troublemaker. I just hope we get as lucky next year, and Kay gets a teacher that can successfully help her channel her energy in a positive way. I know when she gets bored or frustrated, she can be quite the little terror!


She has always been a social butterfly, and a busy little bee. Ever since she was born really, we've had to keep her engaged at all times or she gets cranky. She is now getting pretty good at going off and doing her own thing. She makes "inventions," watches YouTube videos on her newest interest (one of her recent ones was the sea urchin), and writes in her journals.


Being off gluten and food dyes makes a huge difference for her mood and her health. It's been hard to get everyone on board and avoid slip ups, but we're doing really well with it now.


She's really getting to be a good eater. We've been struggling with picky eating since she was a baby, and the issue was made worse by chronic digestion problems because of the undiagnosed gluten sensitivity. Thinking back to a couple years ago when she literally only ate a few bites a day sometimes, and only like 5 different foods, she has come so far. Parents of picky eaters will understand this but we literally want to cry with joy, watching her eat new foods and actually finish her meals!


She's not the major animal lover like Brynna, but she does love dogs and always helps me take care of ours.


She is a great big sister to Brynna. She helps her get dressed in the morning and even brushes her hair and stuff like that. She also tries to include her in her games of pretend, and when they are both in a good mood with eachother they play together so nicely. It's adorable. Of course, they do have their share of sister spats, and Bryn is getting to the point where she fights back so it can get pretty nasty! But they seem to work out their problems pretty well, and I try not to interfere too much in their relationship as long as they aren't hurting eachother.


She adores babies, and is super excited to meet her new sister, although she does hope it turns out to be a boy. Apparently she loves her little sister but one is enough, lol!


Kaylee is definitely a very spirited kid. She really keeps us on her toes, and has made us feel like we are failing at parenting more than once. It can be aggravating trying to raise a child with such a strong personality. But I honestly wouldn't change her for the world, and I think all the qualities that frustrate us now will serve her well when she's an adult. I am a little scared but very excited to keep watching her grow up. I know she will test our limits at times, but I also know she is going to amaze us with the things she's going to accomplish! ♥







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Mommy & Me Monday


Waiting to go into my 39 week birth center appointment. (Everything looked fine.) Kaylee was so enamored by the new babies in the waiting room, after they left she was pretending to be having a baby herself. Brynna, on the other hand, was not interested in seeing the babies, and did not want me to talk about them or look at them. Instead, she sat in my lap the whole time and clutched her bug keeper, which had HER precious baby inside... a cricket, lol.





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A Few Tips To Prettify Your Blog!

Have you ever wanted to make your blog a little prettier and more professional looking, but didn't want to buy a whole pre-made or custom made layout? It seems daunting at first, but editing your blog isn't as complicated as you might think. Here are a few relatively simple things you may want to try out. :)

Create a circular date header. I tried out the first option and it worked. It looked weird with my blog layout, so I didn't keep it, but it looks really nice if the spacing works out. (For Blogger blogs only.)

Remove the navbar at the top of your blog. This isn't even coding, it's just simply un-checking a box in your layout preferences. (For Blogger blogs only.)

Use PicMonkey to make a new header or other graphics for your blog. You can upload a blank/white image to start from scratch. (Simply open paint, make the image bigger, make sure it's all white, then save it.) Check out this basic editing tutorial and these neat little known tips. I made all my blog graphics with this site! It's really fun and easy to use, you just have to play around and get to know the tools a bit.

Make some glitter text in Photoshop. Or in Pixlr, which is free. I tried using Pixlr and it was a bit complicated. Took a couple tries but it ended up coming out really pretty!

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Friday Finds and Favorites Hop #4


Hi everyone, I hope you all had a good week!!

This week, my favorite things would have to be...

1) The fact that I am 39 weeks pregnant tomorrow! I just can't even explain how excited we all are for me to go into labor!!!!!!

2) My new blog layout. I wanted a sky theme, in honor of baby Sky. Obviously, I'm no professional, but I like the way it turned out. :) I did it all on PicMonkey, I love that site!

3) Farmers markets and roadside stands. Fruits and veggies are often cheaper at them, and seem to taste so much fresher and yummier. Plus, it's nice to directly buy from a person instead of a big company. Steven found this one small Amish market on the way to his work that is just amazing. They have baked goods too and this week I totally binged on an apple loaf. :D

4) The fact that I found my camera charger. Get this, I haven't been taking any pictures because I didn't want to use up my camera's power, so I could save it for when the baby is born. I was just so upset because the timing was so horrible for me to lose it! And guess where it was? The labor bag. I had packed it in my labor bag!!! I'm such an airhead, lol.


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Wordless-ish Wednesday


I hope everyone had a good 4th of July!!

Freshly bathed fur-babies. :)

Snuggles. <3

The kid knows how to get comfortable, hahah.

He looks so small in ball form! lol















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