Thursday, March 26, 2015

Announcing @SimpleMomentsShop

Over a year ago I blogged about my dream of opening an Etsy store.  My life never slowed down enough to actually do it and I resigned myself to the idea that it would never happen.  A few months ago I saw that Chantel started an instagram shop to sell her homemade products.  I was so inspired!  I loved the idea of having a space to sell the things I love to make without the stress of having to keep an Etsy store constantly stocked.  Thus, @SimpleMomentsShop was born.  I had my first instasale on Monday and can't wait until my next one.  I'd love for you to follow the shop and bring my dreams into reality!  (Plus, lots of fun things are still available for you to purchase!)  I'd love to encourage each and every one of you to follow your dreams and even come up with ways to fulfill those dreams that fit with your own lifestyle.
Some of the things available...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Hardest Week Yet - Caleb's 4 Month Update

Four Months

My little man is growing so big, handsome, and adorable!  I can't even stand how much I love my precious little guy.  He gets more and more of an adorable personality every day and I can't wait to see the boy he's growing into.

Weight: 17 lb 4 oz - 83%  (Up from 12lb 8oz at 2 months)

Height: 26.3 inches - 91% (Up from 23.92 inches at 2 months)

My little guy keeps growing and growing.  It amazes me that he had a hard time gaining weight his first month because he does NOT have that problem now!  His pediatrician is thrilled with his weight gain and says she likes that his weight is getting closer to his height.

Sleep:  I HATE the 4 month sleep regression with a firey passion that burns from deep within.  Caleb's sleep is pretty horrible now (it's just starting to get a little better) and it's turned me into a zombie.  We had one week that was the worst week we've had since he was born - he wasn't napping, he was waking up every two hours at night, AND Nate was working long hours.  Let's just say that MANY tears were shed that week.  Caleb has decided that he only needs to take half hour naps but his body does not agree with that.  By the end of the day he's an exhausted wreck and is so overtired it takes forever to get him to sleep.  I spoke with his pediatrician about this at his four month appointment and she told me that it's perfectly normal and WILL get better.  She gave me some pointers - like putting him down for a nap as soon as he shows that he's tired in the morning (even if it's only half an hour after he wakes up) because his first nap sets his body up for either getting good sleep during the day or being exhausted all day.  She also said he should be awake no more than two hours at a time which I totally didn't know.  With those tips we're finally getting some decent daytime sleep (around 50 minutes at a time) and he's pretty much back to his normal nighttime sleep pattern.

Likes:  Batting at the toys on his play gym, Holding onto and chewing on his burp clothes, Being smiled at, Mama's boobs, Daddy, Being bounced on the Yoga Ball, Kisses, His swing, Being rocked, Being swaddled, Riding in his carseat and stroller, Bouncing to music, Bath time, Chewing on his fingers and mama and daddy's fingers

Dislikes: Tummy time, After 7pm, Pacifiers, Bottles (yeah, bummer!), Anything plastic, Being hungry while in the car, Being held by anyone except mommy or daddy when he's tired

Clothes:  Caleb is growing like a weed and is size three diapers!  He's still in 3-6 month clothes with a few 6-9 month tops thrown in the mix.

Milestones:  Caleb's getting so funny!  He has little games he likes playing with us and it's beyond adorable!  Most of Caleb's games involve kisses.  When we go in to give him a kiss he'll turn his head away right before we kiss him and then giggle as he turns his head back to us, wanting us to do it again.  If we go in to kiss him and make the kissing sound but don't smack our lips he'll turn his head back to us and grunt while pushing his lips toward our lips.  He's decided that he loves the material of his burp clothes and cuddles them against his cheek.  He holds onto, chews on, and rubs his face against his burp clothes as often as he can.  If that's what's going to be his lovey I'm more than ok with that because we can always get more burp clothes if one gets lost!  Caleb has decided that he really doesn't like tummy time and fusses whenever I put him on his stomach.  He's such a particular child and likes what he likes and doesn't like what he doesn't like.  I have no idea where he gets that...  (*Cough*me*cough*)  We're loving that he's getting a little more hair and are excited that it keeps looking more and more like it's going to be red (or at least have red tints to it).  Since both of us have red genes in our families we're hoping for at least one redheaded kid (but we won't be disappointed if it's not Caleb).  ;-)

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Dearest baby boy,  I love you SO MUCH!  I think you're going to get tired of hearing that because it seems like that's what comes out of my mouth every two seconds when I'm around you.  You are my little buddy and I love spending my days with you.  (Yes, even the hard ones)  It's so fun seeing you learn and grow and getting to introduce you to different experiences.  You're getting such a funny personality and I love giggling with you.  I know that the fun times we have together will only continue as you get older.  You light up your daddy and my life in a way we couldn't even have imagined four months ago.  Now we can't understand how we got through life without you.  I love you so very much and pray that you tangibly feel my love, your daddy's love, and Jesus' love on a daily basis.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring Dates Around the Blogosphere

Happy Spring!  I know that it's not feeling a lot like spring in some parts of the country but, according to the calendar, Friday was the first day of spring.  A group of bloggers and I want to be intentional this spring about going on fun and fabulous dates with our men.  I put together a list of creative date ideas for you to get inspiration from.  Click on the link to head over to the contributing blogger's blog to read more about that specific date.

Spring Date Ideas

1. Visit a Conservatory - A Short Blonde
2. Take an Evening Walk - Open Spaces
3. Visit a Waterfall -  Hiking the NW
4. Visit the Spa - Talk. Eat. Drink. Portland
5. Go Yurt Camping - Red Ember
6. Have an Intentional at Home Date Night - Yellow Door Diaries
7. Visit an Arboretum - The Engaged Home
8. Visit a Butterfly Garden - Southern Hope
9. Turn a Wedding into a Date - Today is my Favorite
10. Go to the Rodeo - Letters to Amelia
11. Explore Model Homes - No Small Life
12. Visit a Flower Garden - Reddy or Knot
13. Check out the Cherry Blossoms - Re-Solve
14. Do a Photoshoot of Your City - Embracing Adventure
15. Go to the Zoo - From Bisons to Buckeyes
16. Check Out an Art Show - Tidbits and Scraps
17. Go on a Picnic - Belle Brita
18. Explore Some Caves - Robyn's Nest
19. Cook Together - Fashion and Feathers
20. Check Out an Antique Mall - Life is Sweeter by Design
21. Walk at the Waterfront - Beautiful Hope
22. Visit a Wildlife Habitat - Enjoying the Course
23. Set Up a Fancy Date at Home - Notes from a Newlywed (via A Prioritized Marriage)
24. Visit a Tulip Festival - Health & Home & Heritage
25. Start a New Tradition - Life on the Parson's Farm
26. Go on a Walking Tour - The Artsy Cajun
27. Go to the Theater - A Prioritized Marriage
28. Take a Hike - Angie's Angle
29. Check out a Castle - Have Ashley Will Travel

For more Spring date ideas check out my post: 25 Spring Date Ideas


If you'd like to be included in future collaborations either leave your email or email me at and I'll keep you in the loop!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop

Faith and Fellowship Guidelines

1.  Link up a post (not just the link to your blog) from the week that shares what the Lord's been doing in your life or speaking to you.
2.  Put the button on your blog post or blog so that others can hear about this wonderful group of Godly women.
3.  Visit as many blogs as you're able and get to know your sisters in Christ!
4.  Share this blog hop on social media using #FaithandFellowshipBlogHop or pin the button on pinterest.

Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop

Your Host:

Susannah1Susannah from Simple Moments Stick

Last Week's Most Viewed Post:

Sharon Sharing God

Susannah's Blog Post Pick:

Spoons of Grace
The Romance of Cleaning Bathrooms

If you'd like to cohost in the future, please email Susannah at susannah.kellogg (at)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Could I Live Without My Mom Uniform

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Confession - I have no desire to get dressed most mornings.  Who's going to see me as I lounge around (yeah right!) at home???  Will Caleb judge me if I don't get dressed?  Will Nate even realize that I hadn't gotten dressed?  Do I see anyone else most days???  (Ok...  It's official, I need to get out more!)

Not getting dressed, though, makes me feel like a slob.  It makes me feel like I got nothing done all day.  It makes me feel yucky.

I don't want to put too much effort into getting dressed everyday so I have my go-to look.  Jeans, a cute tank top or t-shirt (preferably one I can pull down for nursing) and a cardigan.  Done and done.

Ok, to be honest, I feel like I'm in a wardrobe rut.  Can you mama's out there let me know what YOU wear on a daily basis that's easy, cute, and nursing friendly?

For Lauren & Lauren


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