10 Things Friday.

Dominic and I have reached a new chapter in our lives: we get to start buying Olivia gifts for Holidays. As nice as it was to NOT have to worry about splurging on items for our baby because we knew she wouldn’t get what it was all about, we are so excited to be able to give her presents now, and see the look on her face when she receives new things. We actually started said chapter on Christmas when we bought her this (which she loves!), and now with Easter being right around the corner (I cannot believe we are about to enter our last week of March!), we are very excited to fill an Easter basket for our girl. We’ve been talking about what to put inside, and while there won’t be a lot, the items we’ve been talking about will be special, and candy-less.

In case you need a few last minute ideas, these are ten Eleven

candy-less easter ideas

1. Chalk. These are perfect for the Holiday. Nothing says Spring like chalk!

2. Bubbles. We introduced Olivia to bubbles already (we play with them inside) and she loves them. I can’t wait until she can chase them around the yard!

3. An Easter book. Olivia is lucky enough to have gotten this already, so I actually have my eye on this one (I loved it when I was little).

4. A Puzzle. Any kind, really. This Etsy shop has beautiful, more intricate puzzles!

5. Slide & Sleek. These are just cute and Eater-ish.

6. Play Doh. These smell like lavender and are home made, but you can also go with the good old regular stuff.

7. Stickers. I hope I’m not the only one who thinks this is a good idea…..

8. Blocks. I really love these wooden blocks, but I have also looked into these as well.

9. Annie’s Homegrown Cheddar Bunnies. Perfect Easter candy-less treats. They have tons of flavors, but cheese-anything is my jam.

10. Headbands by Little Hip Squeaks. I want these headbands for Olivia So. Bad. (maybe even a set for myself ;) How cute are they?! I’m obsessed with all of the different patterns. I love to support small businesses so I cannot wait to purchase something from this shop. They also sells baby blankets!

(And one more…just because.)

11. A Stuffed Bunny. I think this one is pretty obvious.

Happy Friday!




10 Things Friday.

Happy Friday, Friends (And Happy 16 Months to Our Girl! So crazy.)!

Olivia has been such a peach lately and I think it’s because of the amount of sleep she’s finally getting at night. It only makes sense to celebrate those two facts by talking about her this week.

These are the ten things………


1. She always laughs when she hears other people laugh…even if it’s just on the TV, or even if we’re not laughing with her.

2. When she wakes up from her nap, she throws things at the door to let me know that she’s awake. On Tuesday, she threw her sippy cup and scared the crap out me (and when I walked in she looked at me and said, “Uh oh.”)

3. She LOVES to cuddle, especially while we’re sleeping.

4. Her favorite color is yellow.

5. Baby girl has MOVES. She lovessssssss to dance. And the best part? She doesn’t even need music. She dances on cue with or without tunes and she has a blast doing so.

6. She is so clumsy! She falls so much during the day, and she just gets back up, goes a little way and then falls again! She goes faster than her little legs can handle.

7. She is very into books. Finally! We have always read to her before bed and it seems that only in the last month or two has she really started to show interest in what we’re reading to her. The other night she sat on my lap through an entire book that I was convinced she wouldn’t sit through.

8. She would stay in the bath tub all day if we’d let her. Or even the pool. She has loved water since day one.

9. She doesn’t really like juice, she prefers cold milk or ice water. And tea!

10. She is a huge ham. If she sees you taking a picture of her, 9 times out of 10 she will smile for you automatically, or as soon as  you  say “Olivia, say cheese!”

11 (because I couldn’t narrow it down to 10. oops!). She is such a lover. She loves to give kisses to everyone and everything, and it’s how she wakes us up now and we love it. It’s honestly one of my favorite things about her right now.

DSC02510(Olivia at 5 months. This is one of my all time favorite pictures of her.)

These are obviously not the only things that are great about her, I just chose the ones about her that are more current; things she’s been doing lately. It was still hard to choose though (see #11)!


What are some of your favorite things about your little ones?



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10 Things Friday.

The day that I have been waiting for is FINALLY here. Dominic, Olivia and I are en route to Galena, IL and we are very excited about it.

Here are the ten things that are….

happy this week

1. Going on our little 3-day getaway, obviously. (also finding out that there’s in indoor pool. YES!!!!)


3. Olivia learning “choo choo” and shoes which actually comes out “Choos”

4. New tires.

5. Loving the same Man for 6 years and counting, and celebrating by going on a nice date on Saturday night while we’re in Galena. I already have my red lipstick on ;)

6. List-making.

7. Working with Tori on some new stuff for my blog!

8. I made the BEST Vesuvio Potatoes on Tuesday night. Seriously. I want to eat them every night now.

9. Getting the OK to get Married in the church that we wanted! An especially big deal because they had originally told us the date was already booked. (I called and begged for an earlier wedding time. They said yes!)

10. I met my perfect little nephew, Evan, last night. I’m in love and I officially have baby fever all over again.

What are 10 things that are making you happy this week? Have a good weekend, I know I plan to!! :)



10 Things Friday.

Friday, Friday, Friday…..it took you long enough to get here….and you brought March 1st with you!

(I cannot believe that it’s already March.)

I don’t remember time flying by this fast before having Olivia….I guess let’s not go there right now!

This week, these are the Ten…

mama blogs

I was honestly sitting here, trying to write different reasons why I loved each blog, but I found that my answers were basically all the same. These beautiful Mamas are stylish, have adorable babies that are also stylish, they’re funny, honest, informative, genuine, inspiring and they write from the Heart. All of my favvvvvvorite things!

1. Brandy from Heart & Habit

2. Joanna from A Cup of Jo

3. Jess from Boho Baby Bump

4. Mandy from Harper’s Happenings

5. Natalie from Nat the Fat Rat

6. Melissa from Dear Baby

7. Taza from Love, Taza|Rockstar Diaries

8. Lauren from The Little Things We Do

9. Jen from Jen Loves Kev

10. Kristen from Oh Happy Miracle

These Mamas are all on my Bloglovin’ feed because I just can’t get enough!  I’m sure most of you already have them bookmarked, but if you don’t, well then I have just prepared your weekend reading. You’re welcome!

Have a good weekend, friends!



10 Things Friday.

Thank goodness it’s Friday because it has been a VERY busy week and I am more than ready for the weekend!

This weeks Ten Things are…

olivias essentials

1. Pampers Cruisers– Olivia is in a size 5. I always go a size bigger to avoid the dreaded ‘blowout’. When she was tiny, we tried Huggies and she had a reaction to them because she has sensitive skin. Haven’t switched back since. PS New Mamas/Mamas-to-be: the Swaddlers have a nice yellow strip that turns blue when it’s wet, I loved that (and miss it) the most!

2. Gerber Graduates Lil’ Crunchies– Olivia LOVES these. Loves loves loves. Seriously. If she sees that we’re buying her a new one at the store, she wants to eat them right away (I blame that on my dad who actually lets her get away with that.) She loves the cheddar ones, but because I honestly feel like I’m feeding her Cheetos (they smell just like them) I like to alternate between the cheddar and the veggie. Bonus points to Gerber because Dominic and I really like them, too!

3. Olivia the Pig– The show, the movie, the books. Olivia needs at least one dose of Olivia a day. We have all of her episodes recorded on our DVR and one of her bed time books is always an Olivia book.

4. Pampers Sensitive Wipes– We’ve been using these babies since the day she was born.I love them. I won’t lie though, we did try Huggies gentle care because they smell so good, but again, she got a really bad rash from them. Not. Okay.

5.  Johnson’s Baby Bedtime Bath and Lotion (lotion not pictured)- Since we almost always give Olivia her baths at night, we stick to this one. It smells so good and is very gentle on our girl’s skin.

6. Playtex “The First Sipster” Sippy Cup– We have gone through a plethora of sippy cups and this one has definitely been the favorite. Olivia likes to squeeze the top of her bottles/sippy cups and the contents just pour out all over her, and the floor/bed/couch. Not the Sipster though.

7. Baby Einstein Great Barrier Crib Music Soother– It’s basically a sound machine that plays the sound of an aquarium. I like this one because it has a switch for just the water noise, the water and a light, just music, and music and a light. Lately, 9 times out of 10 we’ve been finding ourselves just using the water noise. It also comes with a little remote, so you can turn it back on once it turns off. However by the time it does turn off, Olivia is usually asleep.

8. Tommee Tippy Closer to Nature Bottles- I have exclusively breastfed Olivia since day one and when we finally introduced her to the bottle at 4 months (because I went back to work for a bit), we had a very hard time getting her to take it. My friend, Steph, took it upon herself to buy us these bottles and Olivia liked them! Once I became a stay at home mom, I never needed to use the bottle, but the once in the blue moon time that I did go out for a girls night, Dominic used them and she hardly gave him any fuss. We are slowly weaning her off of the bottle, so now we only give it to her at night, but we love them. And Olivia walks around with it at night holding it with one hand, and literally chugs it. It is hilarious and so cute all at the same time.

9. Eddie Bauer High Chair– Okay, how gorgeous is this sweet thing? The moment I saw it while we were registering for our baby shower, I knew I had to have it. It really was love at first sight. The dark  wood makes it look so classy, the top tray comes off so you can slip it easily into the dishwasher, there is a little shelf to store bibs/bowls/whatever your heart desires right below the seat, and speaking of the seat, it feels pretty darn comfortable. Dominic and I are guilty of eating our meals in front of the TV in the past, but now we try to make sure that every meal, we sit her in her high chair and we eat as a family (or just her and I when he is at work). Dominic’s parents used to make him come home every night for dinner when he was younger, no exceptions, and he said he really liked it. And I really like the idea too, and there’s no reason why we can’t start now!

10. Fisher Price Little People Disney Princess Song Palace (I feel like these titles just keep getting longer…)- We keep two sets of toys in the house, one on the middle floor where we spend most of the day, and then a set in her room that she mainly plays with only at night so that she can associate them with bed time. She got this castle as a birthday gift from my sister (her godmother) and it is so cute. She has each and every princess and prince to go with (all sold separately) and carries them around the top floor like they are her little babies. She plays with them every night before she goes to sleep, dances to the music that the castle plays, and kisses all of the little people goodnight. Bonus points from me because it’s Disney.

And that’s that! I know that number 9 was kind of a cop-out, but this list was harder to come up with than I thought!

What things does your little one use every day?

Have a good weekend!



10 Things Friday- Guest Blogger!

No, don’t worry, you’re not going crazy (and neither am I). I know that today is Thursday, and not Friday. But I have decided to push this week’s Ten Things Friday to Thursday for 3 reasons. 1, it’s Valentine’s Day; 2, I want to make Friday’s post a ‘what we did’ on Valentine’s Day; and 3, because it’s my blog and I can!

This week, as promised, Dominic is guest blogging to tell you the Ten Things he loves about Me! (I swear this is all him!)


These are the Ten Things….


1. I love the mother she has become, she is always giving her all, always has Olivia in mind, and makes everyone happy.

2. The way she loves. She has a soft, tender way of letting you know she cares.

3. The way she has always been scared of closets & needs the door open, and light on when we sleep.

4. Her drive to learn and do new things.

5. The way that our hands fit perfectly together, like the only two pieces to the puzzle.

6. The comfort & confidence I feel when she is around. I feel like I can accomplish anything as long as she’s behind me.

7. The crazy delicious things she can do to chicken.

8. The cute wiggle she does while putting on her jeans, followed by one final jump.

9. The way she can get me to laugh at any time of the day.

10. The way she has saved and changed my life. I was headed down a path that was going nowhere. She came alone and is solely responsible for the person I am today. I would give my life for her and do anything to make her happy. We have been through it all together but I would not change me life with her at all. I have torn out my heart and everything I am, gave it to her, and she has done nothing but do amazing things with it. She is my life.


He always has a way with his words, that one. I love this list the most because it’s not the first time I’ve heard some of these things. He is constantly telling me all the things he loves and appreciates about me, and it always makes me so happy. Like I mentioned before, I have always been a big fan of Valentine’s Day (a day devoted to Love and the color Red?! I’m in.) and since knowing me, his fondness for it has grown. Tomorrow I plan on writing what we did for Today, and the only hint I’ll give is that he told me on Sunday that he tried to get Valentine’s day off, but he couldn’t. He promised and everything. And guess what? He lied. He’s sitting next to me right now :) Even if we just sit next to each other on the couch all day, I will be as happy as a clam.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Everyone!



10 Things Friday.

Hi guys, Happy Friday!

I was writing a post for today on Olivia’s everyday essentials, and I could only think of 7 (I wanted to think of 10). Since I was stuck in a little bit of a block, I decided to go for a run, and then take a nice shower. And then in the shower, I started thinking about it again. I literally started thinking of all these other lists that I could think of 10 things for, and then….Lightbulb. I was instantly inspired and decided to start a new series. Ten Things Friday. Every Friday, I will choose a category, and then write a list of ten things to go with that category. The possibilities are endless and I am not limiting myself to just parenthood. We’re going all out with this one.

With Valentine’s Day coming up next Thursday, I thought I’d start this series off in the spirit of love.

These are the Ten Things…..


1. He is my very best friend. He knows me better than I know myself sometimes!

2. He makes me feel so protected and safe.

3. Two words: Super. Dad. (Seriously, he is!)

4. He supports me in everything and anything I do or want to do. He has never once doubted me for a second. If I told him I wanted to be a skydiver, the next day he will have already bought me everything I need for it. No questions asked. I’m not joking, he really believes that I can do anything I want.

5. He is the friendliest person in the world. He will talk to ANYONE.

6. He puts up with ALL of my moods. All 31311158 of them.

7. He is so patient. With me, with Olivia, with everything. He is so easy-going.

8. I love his body. His whole body. Especially his arms, his eyes, and his smile. He has a killer freakin smile.

9. He can always make me laugh. Even when I am so completely mad at him, he can just say one thing and then boom, we’re  laughing with each other. A good and bad thing, I suppose….

10. The way that Olivia loves him so much (and the way he loves her right back), and their little beautiful relationship, makes me love him ten times more than I ever thought possible.

I know, I know, not only is my list a little cheesy (we are huge cheesies), but I wrote two consecutive posts about him. But it’s in the name of Love so I hope you can understand.

Anyone that wants to join in on 10 things Friday is more than welcome to! If you do, let me know so I can check out your lists as well!

Have a good weekend!



P.S. Guess what! I already have my first guest blogger! The Mister himself has agreed that for next Friday’s 10 things, he will write what he loves about little old me! This is going to be interesting….