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Halloween 2016

Halloween 2016 Recap

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Max Where the Wild Things Are Baby Costume Toddler Ninja Costume Where the wild things are costume Kids Halloween Costumes Sheridan GregoryWe spent the past week in Utah for Halloween & to spend time with family. Every time we are up there, we never want to leave! There really isn’t anything better than spending time with family & friends! Hope you enjoy our Halloween photos (even though they are so late :)).

So Young

SoYoung

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Lake Louise So Young So Young So Young Lake Louise So Young So YoungLake LouiseSo YoungFox Backpack Dinosaur Lunch Cooler

Sorry for being MIA! I’ve had very limited access to Internet or cell service & the posts I had scheduled to go live decided to malfunction! I swear something like that happens only when you are relying on it the most haha. All in all though, this trip has been incredible & extremely liberating. Being a blogger, we are constantly on social media/the Internet & I’m thankful for the time I had to just be with my family instead of checking my phone throughout the day. With that said, I’m so excited to start sharing some fun photos with you guys!

These photos were taken in Canada at Lake Louise, which is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been to. It literally took my breath away & I continually stated the entire time we were there, just how pretty it was. If you’re looking for a place to explore in Canada, I highly recommend going here, you won’t be disappointed!!

On another note, how adorable is this fox backpack & dinosaur cooler!? When Kannon saw these, he got so excited & these were his two favorite choices. I honestly am obsessed with this brand & want everything they have. I secretly got this dinosaur for myself.. Cause lets be honest, cool moms carry dinosaur coolers! 😉 Plus, they have diaper bags & lunch boxes as well as backpacks & cooler bags so they’re perfect for both you & your little ones. I’m so excited I’ve teamed up with SoYoung to bring you guys an exciting giveaway on my Instagram tomorrow, so make sure you’re following along!!!

Favorite Baby Products

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I’ve been asked
countless times to do more baby/kid posts & I thought this was the perfect
opportunity to introduce you guys to a couple of our favorite products. Skincare
is one of the most important things in our regime. After all, our skin is our
largest organ! I have gone through phases for as long as I can remember where
my skin gets extremely dry & sensitive. When Kannon was born, he seemed to
have the same exact issue, dry & sensitive skin. We tried out a few
different lotions & creams as well as stopped bathing him every night but
his poor skin was still dry. I was beyond thankful when a friend suggested I
try out the brand Mustela.
They raved about it & I knew I had to try it out as soon as possible. I was
so relieved that after just a few days of using the Hydra Bebe, Kannon’s skin
had already improved! The dry patches on his little arms & legs were
finally disappearing. Ever since, Hydra Bebe is the most important step in both
mine & his skincare routine (who says baby products are just for babies ;)).
After trying out the one product, I was curious & had to try out more, which
led me to their Facial Cleansing Wipes. I’m not going to lie, I don’t only use
them for Kannon, I also use them to remove my makeup most nights. I just love
that these products are perfect for sensitive skin & leave your skin
feeling clean & hydrated. Moral of the story? We’re big fans & if
you’re looking for some new products for your little babe (or yourself), head
on over to Diapers.com & snag yourself
a bottle or two. PS. How cute is it that Kannon loves to put his lotion on
himself!? He refuses to let me do it but I honestly think it’s the cutest thing
watching him rub it on his arms & face because he never rubs it in all the
way 🙂
With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, I’ve teamed up with Mustela for their Moms Know Best contest. They want to hear from moms like you guys! Head on over to their Facebook page to enter their Mustela Moms Know Best contest to win a bundle of products worth over a $100 value!! They are going to pick 2 winners every day so make sure to enter daily with your tips, tricks & advice for a chance to win!!


dear moms (& future moms) everywhere

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My
baby boy is turning the big number 1 tomorrow. Don’t even ask me where
time has gone… Because I honestly don’t know! I feel as if I was just
pregnant last week.. Sitting in Kannon’s room with Adam, talking about
how we couldn’t wait for him to be born. & then it seems like it was
just yesterday that I delivered him. In fact, I still remember holding
him for the first time so vividly that it’s almost unreal. Oh the many
tears that were shed in that hospital room! I think I spent those first
few days just staring at him & crying because I couldn’t believe
this perfect miracle was really mine. I literally can’t believe that
it’s been an entire year since he was born… I’ll admit it, I have shed
quite a few more tears this past week thinking about how fast time has
flown by.. It’s hard to realize that your “baby” isn’t really a baby
anymore.. BUT that’s life! If you didn’t have those “hard”
moments, you would never grow or become stronger! So since time has
flown by & I’ve now had quite a few of those “hard” moments, I
figured I would share with you all some of the things that I’ve learned
over the past year. I know that there are a million things out there
like this but I never get sick of them because on those challenging days
of motherhood, it’s always nice to know that you’re not alone! &
let me tell you, motherhood will be the most challenging thing you ever
do. Caring for another human being can be difficult (especially when
they can’t speak yet). But guess what!? They aren’t lying when they tell you
that IT IS ALL WORTH IT!!! I would do the challenging days a billion
times over just to have Kannon! So, here it goes. Sorry it’s so long!…(Please don’t judge
me ;))

*DON’T STRESS OVER THE MESS– & by this, I mean ‘try’
not to stress over the disaster your house//life//appearance may become.
Really I should say “will become” because let’s be honest, it’s going
to happen. Every mother on this planet can vouch for that. Yeah, I can
just hear you saying “no, I’m gonna be different. I’ll stay organized
& clean up. I’ll put clean clothes & makeup on. How hard can it
be!?” Well sweetheart, let me tell you… It gets hard. Incredibly hard
on some days! As they say though.. This too shall pass! (So far, our
apartment is still slightly unorganized & usually more messy than it
is clean. I’m sure one day I’ll get our place in order though! I’ll be
sure to let you all know when ;))

*SLEEP LIKE A BABY– Oh those
restless nights with your newborn. I know, you all have heard it
countless times. I heard it too. From just about everyone I had a
conversation with while I was pregnant. They warn you about the newborn
stage & how often you are awake during the night to feed your
precious little babe. What people forgot to warn me about was the long
nights I had ahead of me way past the newborn stage! Kannon was a great
sleeper from day one, as long as he wasn’t hungry, he was happy to just
sleep away. Until he turned 7 months… Then he started hitting
developmental milestones like crazy & he just decided to wake all
through the night. His little brain was just too excited from all of the
cool things he was learning that there was//is no time for sleep! Thank
goodness we co sleep so I’m not getting up & out of bed 10 times
throughout the night. & yes, that’s present tense because even at a
year old, he still has those nights where he’s
teething//growing//sick//learning new things & wakes up quite a few
times & needs some snuggles to go back to sleep. PS. Those snuggles
are the best thing ever & I (& I’m sure you) would not trade them for
anything in the world. They make you instantly forget about all of the
challenging times. Literally.

*YOU MUST SLEEP TRAIN YOUR BABY!(OR NOT.. ;))
Ohh just one more of those things that you hear about from everyone
& their mom before you have a baby. I had it all planned out… Yep,
I remember like it was yesterday. We were going to start sleep training
him after about 8 weeks old. It was the perfect plan! Kannon was going
to be sleeping through the night because I had it all planned out. After
all, Babywise had worked miracles for all of my friends right? Wrong!
It took us trying quite a few methods before figuring out that Kannon
was just not into the whole “sleep training” thing. He liked to make his
own schedule & sleep when he wanted to sleep for as long as he
wanted to sleep. Once we figured that out, life was much easier. (Sleep
training really can work wonders, it just wasn’t the right thing for our
little one, he has a mind of his own :)) He started sleeping through the night between 7&8 weeks
& guess what!? I didn’t use any of the sleep training methods I
planned to use. Guess what else? We said Kannon would be sleeping in his
own room at 3 months old &  *gasp* ended up becoming a co sleeping
family instead! I know, how could I be so irresponsible!? I had a plan,
dangit! Just another life lesson… Don’t try to plan your baby’s life
around your schedule. From the day that little one graces the earth with
his or hers presence, your life will forever revolve around them. &
after some adjusting, you will forget all about the life you had before
them because even thinking of life without them will make you cry (as
will just about everything else :))

*DON’T LET ANYONE GET YOU DOWN!– This is probably the hardest thing about being a mom (in my
opinion). The second you give birth, every other mother (& even some
men) think it’s their right to tell you the “right” way to do things.
(I’m sure I have even had my moments.) But it’s not!!! YOU are in charge
(with your spouse of course) to choose how you raise your family! What
works for one family may not work for yours. It honestly is all trial
& error (& there will be a lot of that) until you find what
works for YOUR family. For example, we have had soo many people tell us
that co sleeping is terrible. That we’re damaging Kannon somehow &
that we are going to create serious issues for him. (Even though many
other countries around the world co sleep & never use cribs ;)) It
is perfectly fine that they don’t want to co sleep with their kids. I am
not telling any of you that it’s the right thing for you to do. We sure
didn’t plan on co sleeping as I stated above but it just WORKS for our
family! We all get a better nights sleep when we are together but that’s
just what works for OUR family! So please, as hard as it is at times,
dont let others get you down. They have no idea what is best for your
family OR your baby. Only you as parents can know that. & to be
honest, THAT is what’s so wonderful about it all! 🙂

Being a mom
is the greatest blessing. I know I’ve said it before but I will say it
again & again because I truly believe it. I couldn’t ask for a
better calling in life. I love Kannon more than I could have ever
imagined. I had no idea what love truly was until I had him (Adam will
fully agree with me)! So on those hard days, when nothing seems to be
going right & you look like a hot mess with tears streaming down
your cheeks, remember that you are not alone!! We ALL have those days!
& they are what make us grow & become stronger! Sooo here’s to a
messy house, wearing pajamas way more than you would like to admit,
those days when you just need to have a good cry & most
importantly… To all of those special moments you share with your
little one(s) that make EVERYTHING WORTH IT!!!
HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY KANNON!!! 
You are the most wonderful little boy! Your smile, your laugh, your little personality makes every day the best day yet! I love you so much sweetheart! More than you will ever know!!!