Friday, December 12, 2014

Five on Friday!

It's Friday!


I love Fridays. I don't know why. I'm a stay at home mom so my days rarely differ, but for some reason I just love Friday. It gets me excited to go out and be part of society for a couple of days! Haha

I try to make this a favorites list, so I thought I would tell you guys about my FIVE favorite YouTube channels. I've been watching a lot of videos lately. I've been looking at possibly jumping into the world of YouTube, but I wanted to know what I was getting myself into. I wanted to see what I could contribute to the world and how I would do it differently than others.

Through this experience, I have found some awesome channels.

Tati is so much fun. She's not wild and crazy annoyingly hyper like most "beauty gurus" are. I love her videos because she just talks and it's almost like I'm having a conversation with her. She does everything from life, to drugstore to high end, tips, what's hot or not....she does it all. Can I be her when I grow up?

Ellie and Jared are a married couple with an 11 month old and one on the way. They are the epitome of happy marriage. They have been through some rough roads, yet they are happy and emit daily gratefulness. I like them because they are "normal". A lot of families on YouTube seem to pre-plan what they're going to do and say and it just comes across like a poorly done episode of some washed up reality show. These two? NO! I love watching them. Watch out for Jackson's brows! Haha

I found Cullen and Katie randomly. I was like "oh, another family vlogger". Then I kept watching and learned a new phrase "dank as junk". I was hooked. And then, something magical happened. Target Balling. 
 You need to go to Instagram RIGHT NOW and look at hashtag (#)targetballing!

DIY. Parodies. Recipes. Sometimes a very sponsored ad. Overall, I love it. The back to school video makes me laugh! Haha

Collin rocks! I'm a huge couponer and she has the best deals posted. She mainly blogs, but I love watching her videos! She keeps it simple and shows the best deals. Plus, her mom is so sweet! If you want to save money, check out her blog and and watch her videos.


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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Stocking Stuffers: For Her!

This time of year everyone seems offer up some amazing Christmas gift ideas.

Most of the time, I can figure a gift out, but a stocking?

I don't want it to just be useless crap. Or a bunch of candy or just "stuff".

Plus, I just asked Chad "Babe, quick! Tell me what you would put in my stocking!"  His response was riddle with lame and some inappropriate responses!

So, pass this along to the man in your life! If you're lucky like me and get a stocking at my own house and at my parents, you can pass along these ideas to the other "Santa's" in your life!

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(Right now they have free shipping on any $25+ order and a free gift with purchasing this nail collection!)
4. Victoria's Secret Gym Pant 5. EOS Lip Balm (the best ever!)
6. Bath and Body Works Candles 7. Magazines (I love gossip magazines!)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Stocking Stuffers: For Him

I'll admit it.

I suck at shopping for my guy.

I can shop for any other guy, but mine? I don't know what my deal is...maybe I'm still in the "I need to impress him" stage or something?

Anyway, I love to play "Santa". It's my favorite Christmas Eve activity-well, other than spending the evening with extended family.

Like I said, I struggle with shopping for Chad. Do you struggle shopping for the man/men in your life?

Here are my ideas for fun stocking stuffers!

Men's Stocking Stuffers

Friday, December 5, 2014

Five on Friday!

I used to do a weekly post called "10 on Tuesday". I loved it! Sometimes though, it was difficult to come up with 10 things so I would only do 7 or 9 or 4 Haha

After giving it some thought, I've decided that I can do five.

So, here are my 5 favorite things of this week!

1. We got our family pictures this week!

It was an agonizing 10 days to wait, but it was worth it. I can't show all of them since they are going out as our Christmas card, but here is one of my favorite!
I love this guy. I'm so lucky I get to spend my life with him.

2. The Christmas tree went up! There is nothing better than sitting in the room filled with lights. It makes my heart happy!
We have yet to add any ornaments, but the lights alone make it perfect!

3. This little boy will eat anything I put in front of him. He loves to eat!
In this picture he just finished a blackberry chia see puree that I mixed with oatmeal.  He downs it in under 2 minutes!

4. This song came on the radio!
This song, or any boyband song, NEVER came on the radio when I was obsessed. Haha Was? Yeah, more like obsessed and 16! However, I still squeal like a little girl when this song comes on. It is one of my favorite NSYNC songs!

5. This time of year means Christmas movies.
My favorite?
I haven't seen it come on Hallmark yet, but thankfully it's on Netflix. I may or may not watch it several times a week...

Today I'm linking up with:
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Meet Carter and Carter's 6 Month Update!

Carter is SIX months old, well he was on November 20!

And since I love ALL things Life, Love and Puppy Prints, I'm stealing Carolyn's monthly template :) Hope you don't mind girl!

Big baby boy! 27" long and 19 pounds 13 ounces!

Hair Color:
Brown-getting darker and more of it on top. Poor kid has a bald spot on the back of his head!

Eye color:
Brown, but there's is the faintest hint of blue right around the edges of his iris.

Tops/Onesies are 12 months. Pants-oh geesh-we just bought 18 month pants. They are way too long on him! Twelve month pants were "just right" around the waist when laying flat or standing, but when he sits, they are incredibly tight around his thighs and tummy!

We're working on a schedule. He's back to waking up at night wanting to eat a couple of times. It's killer! However, he's in his own room, in his own bed and that is so nice!

Carter loves to eat! 

I've been making his food and it's so cool to see him love the food I made him! He loves apples and bananas. He gets down with sweet potatoes mixed with some cinnamon. He loves any fruit/veggie combo that Ella's kitchen makes. He's really into gumming things til they're soggy-baby cookies, toast, crackers.

He eats solids 2-3 times a day (usually about 6 ounces of food) followed by a bottle that's anywhere from 4-8 ounces. He loves his bottles. He drinks about six 8 ounce bottles a day.

None yet!


Tummy time. Eating. Roughhousing. Fart noises. Snuggles. Baths. Books. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Tags.

Green beans. Socks. His lack of mobility. Strangers.

Roll back to tummy and tummy to back. He's mobile! Watch out world!

He had his first 'bout of the stomach flu at the beginning of November.

He can sit up and is currently working on getting into the crawling position! However, he scoots very well! 

Car-tar and Moose are his nicknames from Pop Pop
Carterman from Mommy
Sweetness from Grandma Carol
Child (in a creepy voice) and Bubba from Daddy
Goober from Grandma Connie
Baby Carter from CJ

Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday

If you need me, I'm out shopping!

Photo Courtesy

I'll be back Monday with a haul....

So excited! I'm going to have most of my Christmas shopping done!

What are you shopping for today?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Catch up with CJ!

It's been quite awhile since we gotten to play catch up.

CJ was challenged to the ice bucket challenge!
CJ's world has been through sooo many changes in the last 18 months or so.

CJ is now 10.

He is in third grade. He made the Honor Roll and received an award for perfect attendance at school.

Oh yeah...he goes to school now instead of homeschool. He is flourishing at school. He loves school! I ask him "How was school today?". His response? "It was so fun!" Music to my ears!

CJ is very into Pokemon cards. Like, borderline obsessed.

He loves video games.

His favorite colors are now red and yellow. Oh and orange because when you mix red and yellow they make orange.

He's so funny.

Now that he's 10, he's decided that it's important to wear a watch. So he will give you time updates every 2-3 minutes. It's quite "helpful" Haha

CJ is a great big brother! He's been practicing carrying Carter and picking him up. He says "you never know when I will have to do that". Smart kid. He loves to play and read to his "baby Carter".

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Must Haves!

Holiday Must Haves

To me, today is my "official" start to the holidays! I am so excited!

Thanksgiving on Thursday.

Shopping on Friday. Oh and getting my house all decked out for Christmas...

Christmas is in a month!

I have been waiting for this week for the last 51 weeks!

So, that being said, what are my holiday must haves?

1. Gifts. I love to give gifts. Don't get me wrong, I love to receive gifts, but I LOVE to give gifts. Gifts are all kinds of things-volunteering, a tangible present or just giving someone your time. The hard part of giving gifts is making sure you get someone something they will love.  I have a hard time shopping for Chad. He's so hard to shop for!

So for all the hard to shop for guys in your life, let me introduce you to Man Crates. Seriously, a gift that comes in a wooden box and comes with a crobar? Sign me up!

I'm thinking the Sriracha CrateBox for my man. The spray nozzle is so awesome!

2. Hot Cocoa. Need I say more? There's is nothing more amazing then sipping hot cocoa watching the snow fall quietly. I call that perfection!

3. Cozy Sweater. Sweaters are an essential here where I live. It's cold and the only way to stay comfortable in the always varying temperature is layers. A sweater is the perfect way to get the layered look! Off the shoulder is the best!

4. Christmas Tree! Remember the hot cocoa and the snow? The only way to make that better is sitting in a room with only the lights from the tree to accompany you. Christmas trees just seem so magical to me.

5. Jeans. Seriously...jeans are a must! Dress them up, dress them down. They're great for chasing the kids and great for going out with Chad. I love them skinny in the winter so I can wear cute boots!

What are your holiday must haves? 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Catch up with Amber (and Chad)!

Wow....where to start?

How about I introduce Chad?

Courtesy of Furniture Row Racing Facebook Page
Meet Chad. Thirty-something. Awesome. Hysterically funny. Caring. Giving. Puts up with my crap. Loves me for some reason. Smells amazing.

We met online. We exchanged a couple emails, then moved to texts and phone calls. On August 11, 2013 we met. It was a Sunday evening. His job requires him to travel almost every weekend. He had just gotten home from Watkins Glen and drove 40 minutes to meet me. We sat on some stairs and chatted for hours. Literally hours. We agreed we wanted to go out the next night.

That next night I actually went to his house and he made dinner for us-Fettuccine Alfredo with spinach-all from scratch. It was so good.

Selfie! Haha Taken his birthday, almost 2 weeks after we met.

We hung out the next night and the next night and so on and so forth.

On September 23 we found out we were expecting! We moved in together October 3.

In the nine months in took to cultivate our little bundle, we managed to get through our house being broken into, my mom moving away and regular pregnancy issues. Oh, we also decided to sell the house and buy a new one.

We accepted an offer on the house as we were leaving the hospital after having Carter. Crazy right?

Unfortunately, our new house wasn't going to be be done in time for us to move straight into so we stayed with Chad's family. It was only supposed to be until the second week of August. Well, it wasn't until the 22nd of OCTOBER that we actually got to move in.

It was so worth the wait. Our new house is so beautiful. I love it. He loves it.  Best part?

We finally got to put together a nursery for Carter! We're currently sleep training him.

CJ loves "his" new house. It's bigger than the old one and he now gets to ride a bus to school!

Chad and I welcomed our little boy on May 20. I will have a post dedicated to him going up shortly.

Our first picture of the three of us-mid c-section! Haha
I'm now a stay at home mommy. I'm on the PTO at CJ's school and I go to MOPS. Yes, I'm the typical mom. Haha I typed out what I do and I laughed. All I need now is a van! (NEVER!!!)

I need to learn how to cook. I also need to get back into shape! I lost almost 20 pounds the first half of my pregnancy then gained about 40 pounds the second half. I gave birth and breast fed for awhile and the weigh literally fell off.

I stopped breastfeeding and now I'm being asked if I'm expecting a girl or boy. Yikes.

I'm realizing that it's okay to do stuff for me. I can say no. It's very empowering.

So that's the update in a nut shell.

What have you all been up to?