And That's Life

Football Life: In case you didn't tune in, my Bengals WON last night against the Miami Dolphins. That puts our team at 2-2, thank goodness. I couldn't take a third loss in a row! Some aspects of our team looked great- aka AJ GREEN! Oh my goodness that man is a beast. I cracked up at this tweet from the NFL.

Social Life: What's that?! ;) I've reached a point in life that if I want to see friends and make plans I have to do it weeks in advance- and that's okay! I can't necessarily grab dinner or do something fun with friends on a whim like I once could. That's been an adjustment to get used to but I'm being more intentional about looking ahead to when I can make time for quality friend sessions.

Business Life:  I can't believe it's been a year since Amy and I opened our sticker shop! It's been a lot of fun and a learning experience as well. Our Halloween stickers are on sale through today so be sure to check them out now for the best price.

Fitness Life: I mentioned a few weeks back that I was going to start the Couch to 5K program and get back into running again. Well, that hasn't really worked out for me. After a few workouts, I was having some hip pain and some swelling around my hip and knee in my right leg. Some of you may remember my hip injury from last Spring and so the second I realized things were hurting, I quit. Time for a new work out plan! I see lots of pilates and yoga in my future.

Momma Life: T and I have had the absolute best week together. He's just been so much fun and I got some of my best laughs ever out of him. And today I have to go ruin his life by taking him to the doctor for his checkup and shots! Okay, I'm being overdramatic, I know- but I absolutely despise these visits. I love to hear how big he's gotten and how perfect he is (not biased at all ;)) but the shots break my heart a little every time. Someone hold me!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend planned. I'm planning on a lot of snuggles, a lot of family time and some productivity! 

Enjoying the Fall

I've mentioned it before but summer felt like a little bit of a "bust" to me this year. Not that it was a dispointing time or anything, but with a new baby at home Jared and I didn't get out much and definitely didn't do any of our normal summer activities. We were finding our new normal and figuring out how to take care of this little human so it made sense that we weren't hopping in a car to head out into the 90 degree weather all the time.

That being said, I have been looking forward to fall and these cooler temperatures for months now! T is in a pretty good routine, we're finding our groove as parents (some days better than others) and now that it's not so miserable out we're excited to enjoy this new season. We've been making a list in our heads about the fun we want to have in the upcoming months so I wanted to put together our list on the blog today.

I totally dropped the ball on this because I started decorating a couple weeks ago and never finished putting everything out. This week/weekend I'll be sure to have the rest of our festive touches out on display.

Visit a Fall Festival.
Now, I know T is still too young to really enjoy most of this, but a change of scenery for him will still be fun. We can easily put him in the carrier and enjoy fun on the farm like we always have. Drinking fresh cider, walking through the corn maze, picking out pumpkins- I cannot wait!

Carve Pumpkins.
We have carved pumpkins every year together since we got married and it's always one of my favorite activities with Jared. Good music on and even better conversation flowing while we get creative and try to out-do one another. These are our masterpieces from last year:

Watch Scary Movies.
I am really not a big scary movie person, but Jared always convinces me to watch one or two with him each fall/Halloween season. I'm picky about them though- nothing too gory or gross. I can handle the suspenseful stuff. . . sometimes.

Buy Mums.
We don't have much of a front porch, but there is still enough of a spot to put some beautiful, fall flowers so it needs to happen.

Go on Family Walks.
The temperatures are officially not miserable anymore and that means more and more walks, hooray! I can't wait to bundle up T in his little baby hoodies and walk the neighborhood with him and Jared in the coming weeks. Nothing like fresh, fall air.

Make a Halloween Feast.
I have The Pioneer Woman's holiday cookbook which I am absolutely obsessed with. I'm determined to make all of her menus at some point, but the Halloween one is especially calling my name this year. Everything just looks themed and delicious; I think it would be a fun meal to make when we have some family or friends over.

Finish our Yard Work.
Okay, so maybe not the most exciting on the list- but it needs done. We have some landscaping to finish up, need to pressure wash our deck and a few other odds and ends before the weather gets too cold. We are also pricing and getting some quotes on a new privacy fence at the moment; not sure that'll get done this fall or not but it's something we're at least considering and need to follow up on.

Take Family Photos.
I take a zillion pictures of T every week it seems, but we haven't taken many family pictures together since he's been born. I'm hoping to get out on a nice day and snap a few fall pictures of our little family of three.
Throwback to pictures we took in Jared's backyard SIX years ago! Hi, 2010.

What's on your fall bucket list this year??

A Weekend by the Numbers

What happens when you take an unplanned week off from blogging? Well- you rehash your weekend in the easiest way possible in an attempt to revive said blog. I'm telling you what, I don't know how I ever did the whole 5-posts-a-week-thing. How did I even think of that many things to write about, let alone set the time aside to do it?! I'd like to post a little more regularly here but I doubt I'll ever be back to that kinda' blogging again. Enough rambling- here's to my my weekend, broken down in number form.

17:  Points my Bengals scored yesterday. And no, it was NOT enough to beat the Broncos. We lost... womp, womp, womp.

1-2:  The Bengals record. Yuck.

2-1:  My fantasy football record in both leagues I'm competing in.

0:  Number of days Jared had football games/practice. His team basically had the week off because of an 8th grade class trip; I was so thankful for the extra time with him this week!

3:  Number of football games Jared's team has left. Thank goodness. I am ready to have him home for dinner at a decent hour every night again :)

25:  Diapers changed (a rough estimate... those blur together pretty quickly)

5:  Rounds of Rummy Jared and I played. We have an on-going game of Rummy that we continually add to whenever we play. We call it our "Million Point Game" because it's our goal to play it that long! Pst- currently I'm in the lead.

8: Rounds of Mario Kart Wii played. We had our BIL/SIL over Friday night for some mexican take-out and game night in.

6: Inches of hair I cut off. Okay, technically this was the week before but I never shared an obligatory post-haircut selfie so did it really count? It's nothing crazy but it definitely feels so much lighter and better. Hoping it will also help with the amount of shedding I do- sheesh!

1.5: Hours spent at Lowes by myself. Saturday I ran out to do some errands and let myself wander for a while in one of my favorite stores. We are trying to prioritize some house projects we'd like to get started on so I was doing some field research ;) There are a lot of things we want to update, just a matter of what order to do them in and how long it will take to budget for each of them.

4:  Month old baby of mine. Today T is FOUR months old. How, I don't know?! I think he's weighing in around 15 pounds but I'll know for sure later this week when we go to the doctor. He still sleeps 11-12 hours straight every night. No teeth yet but I think we're in the early stages of teething. Loves music of all kind but totally recognizes Adele the quickest- probably from the 3,000 times I listened to her CD while I was pregnant. Every day it seems like he does something new and we are loving watching him grow! I cannot wait to see what the next month brings :)

Highs and Lows

Happy Monday, everyone! I love weekends so much. Maybe even more now that I'm a SAHM, which I didn't expect. I'm just always so happy when Jared's home for a few days and my little family is together. As with any weekend though, there were highs and lows. And as with any Monday, I'm not quite fully functioning just yet so we're keeping things simple today. Bullet-pointed blog posts for the win, right? Honesty if it weren't for bullet points I'm not sure I'd ever be able to maintain a blog!

Highs of the weekend included:

☻ Jared's football team winning big this weekend against a good school. He is so great with the junior high age group and though it's a lot of hours, I'm so proud of him for coaching.

 Meal planning meticulously and feeling ready to be back on track (and budget). I made a giant batch of Chicken & Quinoa Chili last night so Jared and I can eat it for lunch all week plus I did all the prep work I could for each of our dinners. I have felt so unorganized since having a baby but this was a nice step in the right direction.

 Signing up for another DietBet. I plan to post a more detailed update later this week about my post-pregnancy fitness but I am excited to take things up a notch. Jared and I are doing DietBet together and I'm grateful for the accountability. Nothing like a little money on the line to motivate a person ;)

☻ Meeting our new neighbors. A couple and their five (yes, five) children just moved next door to us a few weeks ago and other than a quick wave I hadn't really had an opportunity to talk with them yet but I finally did yesterday. They seem really nice which is good since we are in tight quarters around here.

☻ Dressing T up in some of Jared's old baby clothes. At my baby shower my MIL gave me some of Jared's adorable outfits from when he was little and pictures of him wearing them. We're recreating those pictures with T and it's just too much fun.

☻ Getting a much needed haircut. I think my last haircut was in January... yikes! My hairdresser cut off 6 inches and I feel so much lighter. It's still long enough to go up in a ponytail though, which was key.

Lows of the weekend included:

 The brutal Bengals loss to the Steelers. Ugh. Can't even talk about it.

☻ Finally having to purchase diapers for the first time. Between two baby showers, gift cards and Swagbucks- we had yet to actually pay for diapers yet which has been AWESOME. However we officially ran out of our stock pile and had to be like normal people and buy them while we were at the grocery.

☻ Ordering T's birth certificate. So apparently they don't just send you one of those? Maybe I'm clueless, but I have been waiting for weeks for his to arrive. I filled out paperwork at the hospital and was pretty confident they said I'd receive it in 8-10 weeks. Granted, so much of those first few days were a total blur- but here I've been waiting around on one. Turns out I had to order it SO, now that he's almost 4 months old I should have one this week. #momfail

Anyway, not that many lows but of course they needed acknowledged ;) Hope you all have a wonderful start to the week! And because it pains me not to have any photos in a blog- here is me introducing T to the wonders of "photobooth" on my computer.

Week One: In the Books

Week one of football that is! My Bengals pulled off a 1-point win against the Jets Sunday afternoon to start the NFL season off. There were actually a bunch of really close games in week one- talk about nail-biters! Did your team(s) win this week? Not only did the Bengals win but one of my two fantasy teams won so I'll take it. The Bengals play the Steelers this Sunday and I am already sick to my stomach thinking about this game. They are our biggest rival and it's an away game so it'll be tough. So nervous but SO excited!

I'm currently off in football lalaland (and probably will be for the next few months!) so I figured I'd share some of my favorite football items at this time of year. If you're a football fan at all, I think there is a little something here for everyone :)

I was gifted a Bengals Alex and Ani bracelet last year for Christmas and I LOVE it. I'm all about jerseys and comfy pants/leggings for football season, but I also love a nice piece of jewelry to jazz things up on gamedays. Although, let's be serious- I wear this bracelet on non-gamedays as well.

Speaking of comfy, I have been eyeing the new Bengals leggings by Nike and wish I would have bought some before I left my job and lost my discount. (Dangit) On a non-football related comment though, can someone tell me about the Lularoe leggings/clothes deal... like, I kinda get it, but I kinda don't. Is their stuff THAT amazing? Why does everyone sell it on Facebook? What is all the hype about??

We didn't host a get together for the first game, but I know we will be hosting plenty as the season goes on. However, I like to have as many football serving dishes/items as possible. We have a football cutting board, a football candy dish (from Party City!), and Jared owns these football grill tools... although we are currently without a grill, ha! Also, if I didn't already own two crockpots (the obsession is real) I would be purchasing this one as well.

For Saturdays/college games I rep my Ohio State gear when I can, but I kinda' like just having some generic football items to wear too. Lots of boutique type of shops have been coming up with really cute, comfy football-related clothing and I WANT THEM ALL! Sugar Love Boutique has some really cute ones right now and if the black sweatshirt comes back in stock I'm buying it ASAP!

What are items you "must" have for football season? 
Hope everyone has a great, football-filled weekend!!

Weekly Lessons: Friends, Donuts and Perfection

I'm back for another edition of Weekly Lessons. This might be my new favorite link-up since I always feel like I'll have content for it. I'm always struggling these days to come up with an actual "full" blog post and instead I always just have these little tidbits floating around in my head that don't go anywhere else. Well, never fear my friends because all those random thoughts can now conglomerate together for a Weekly Lesson post with Lex and Mattie.

Lesson #1: Don't go too long without a girls night. This past weekend I got dinner with my sister-in-law Kayla and my cousin-in-law Natalie and it was so overdue. We ate mexican food (!!) and talked for hours which is just what I needed. We ended our night taking a quick joyride in Natalie's jeep with the top down and if that isn't pure summer bliss I don't know what is! Being a SAHM can be lonely so getting out for some girl time was a blast. I'm already looking forward to scheduling something else with them soon.

Lesson #2: Donuts are always a good idea. Sunday morning I somehow found myself in the local bakery picking out some tasty treats for our morning. At first I told myself not to pull into the parking lot but you know what? I regret nothing. They.were.delicious

Lesson #3: Watching the Bengals is much more difficult with a baby. We watched the Bengals game just as a family of 3 this week- no big party- just to see how that would work with T. He slept through the whole first half which was great, but then we were pretty occupied with him during the second half. It was tough not to jump up off the couch while I was feeding him and when the Bengals made a great play. That could have gotten ugly real fast.

Lesson #4: You are never going to be perfect. This is a very real lesson I am still learning. I want so badly for my house to be spotless every day, for there to be a gourmet dinner on the table, for the laundry to be folded and put away; I want to spend all day doing amazing, fun things with my baby, reworking our budget and finding new ways to save money and somehow whipping up a new seasonal craft for our beautifully decorated home. I want to work on loads of brand new sticker designs for my Etsy shop and promote our business all over the place. I want to be showered with makeup on and a cute outfit when Jared comes home each day. News flash!!! Almost none of those things happen in the same day... and I certainly can't remember the last time I had free time to complete a craft. A "perfect" life is whatever you want it to be. It's tough to let things go, but I do know that taking care of T is my focus so I'm learning to be okay with other parts of our life being far from perfect right now.

I hope everyone is having a wonderfully imperfect week :) 

A Very Important Day

Today's a very important day for a very important person in my life. Today is my dad's 60th birthday! I was so excited to shop in the milestone birthday card section this year for him... why are those so fun? It's honestly surreal to me that he is turning 60 though, because not too long ago I thought that age sounded SO old. It's amazing how as we get older, our parents seem younger... or is that just me? 60 doesn't seem old at all, even if I will poke fun of my dad now that he qualifies for lots of senior discounts ;)

I know I mentioned it briefly before, but my dad has accomplished something incredible in the past year. At his 59th birthday he decided it was time to shape up and get his weight back where it needed to be. He was SO committed to this goal and he lost 80 pounds over the past year. I cannot even express how proud I am of him. He set a goal and went after it and now at 60 years old he is feeling better than ever. I couldn't be happier for him, seriously. My dad is someone who has accomplished so much in his life, he truly has an interesting "life resume" that would take too long to share but he has done a lot. I've always been proud of him for a million reasons but now he's just added one more to his list.
September 2015 // September 2016

Happy Birthday, Dad! You have rocked this past year and I know you'll just keep after it. I love that you never stop setting goals, you always go after what you want and you always come through no matter what those goals are. Enjoy your vacation- you deserve it!!

Just Like That

And just like that? Football season is BACK. Anyone else stay up entirely too late watching that thriller of an opener last night?! Anyone catch Cam flossing on the sidelines?! LOL. What a great kickoff to the NFL season! I was rooting for Cam and the Panthers (they lost by 1 if you missed it!) but it was an awesome game and if it's possible, I'm even more excited for the Bengals kickoff on Sunday. Just two days, 5 hours, and 25 minutes to go!! And yes, Amanda- all those !'s were totally necessary in this paragraph ;)

Jared and I have a pretty full weekend in addition to our football watching. Stuff to get done, family visits, a corporate softball tournament for Jared and more more more! I hate how fast the weekends go so I'm trying to hang on for dear life over the next few days. There's nothing I love more than when our little family of three is all home together. So with that, I'm leaving you with a few favorites today because it's Friday and there's football and that's really all I can think about at this point:

- As always, make the best dip in the world this weekend for whatever game you're watching.

- She probably doesn't need any introduction but I recently have discovered Lex be Livin' and her blog and I'm loving it. She's got a fun link-up on Wednesdays too that you should join in on!

- A friend had some rockin' football nails last night on Instagram and she told me they were those little stick-on decals, which I've never tried. I honestly don't do my nails but every once in awhile, but for football season I might just have to try these. They are from StickItVinyl.

- And if you need fun football stickers look no further than my own Etsy shop. Shameless plug.

- I'm learning to like coffee like I mentioned last week (I think?) but it requires a lot of creamer for me right now. Two weeks ago I didn't even know where to find creamer in the grocery store and now I'm trying new ones left and right. Imagine my delight when I realized there are so many different flavors!! Haha, it's the little things people.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. As always- WHODEY!! 

Currently: September Edition

Another fabulous edition of the Currently link-up is today! Anne and her cohost Beth would be happy to have you join in, so hop on over to their blogs already! ;)

Currently I'm...

Reading: I mentioned it yesterday on Instagram, but I haven't picked up a book for fun in months! I continually leaf through What to Expect: The First Year (which I really do find helpful!) but that's about it. I do miss reading, though... Jared and I used to read in bed pretty regularly. However, apparently when you have a new baby- the second you crawl into bed you'll be snoring. True statement.

Trying: To stay on top of things at home and with our little Etsy shop as well. Orders have been picking-up which is absolutely awesome! I just need about 30 hours in a day's time instead of 24 to get to all the things I want to get to. Anyone know if that's possible? ;)

Hoping: For a big week one victory for my Bengals. I am so excited for the NFL season to kick off this week! I'm also hoping our injured players are healing up quickly (Heyyy, Tyler Eifert!) and that there are no other major injuries either.

Decorating: For fall, soon! This weekend Jared and I will probably get our fall stuff out and that means we need some new fall candles to light as well :) You can never have too many fall candles.

To-Do Listing: Christmas gifts I want to buy. I know, I know... It's September. But it's never too early to be thinking gifts and ideas and shopping around for deals. I've got a few things purchased already and I love being ahead of the game. There is nothing worse than waiting until the last minute in December and scrambling to buy something. PS- You guys need to be using Swagbucks to earn giftcards if you aren't already. That's my Christmas shopping secret weapon :)

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Everything I Needed

This long weekend was absolutely everything I needed and more. It was so nice to have Jared home for a few days with no work and no coaching obligations. Saturday we blitzed the house because goodness, it was overdue. Do you ever find yourself cleaning something... I mean really scrubbing something clean and then asking yourself how in the world it got that bad? No? Just me? Needless to say we deep cleaned and scrubbed in places that desperately needed it and I now feel so much better. I'm always curious how often other people do certain cleaning tasks... I keep up with the basics but I know there are things I should probably do more often. One of these days I might actually make a cleaning schedule and stick to it. 

After we called it quits on our cleaning for the morning I ran some errands and did all those fun adult things like getting an oil change and cashing a check while Jared and T played at home. I love how this little Saturday routine has become a thing because an hour or two alone, out and about in the world is good for me. I love to crank the tunes in the car and sing as loud as I want, roll the windows down and not worry if T is going to cry in the back seat. I also made a solo trip into Lowe's after my errands and it's embarrassing how much I enjoyed it ;)

Then on Saturday night Jared and I made history. We went out on a date for the first time since T was born. It was a little impromptu, but Jared's parents had mentioned recently that they'd be happy to come over while we go out to dinner. Since T has been sleeping 7:30pm-7am pretty consistently we knew now was the time! I was so anxious leading up to our date, which is so silly, I know. T would be asleep the whole time they were there and we were just going to dinner at a place less than 10 minutes away. Fortunately, Jared and I went out and had an awesome time together! It was so nice to be out just being "us" and I'm so thankful my in-laws were willing to help.
Sunday I drafted my fantasy team for our family league, accurately named "Who run the world? GURL(ey)" since I got Todd Gurley with my first pick. and I'm SO ready for the games this week! I'm also doing an all girls league for the first time this year and will be drafting tonight so I'm pretty pumped about that.  And yesterday? It was a lazy, family day at home. We played and napped and watched movies and I really can't think of a better way to round out our long weekend. I hope you all enjoyed yours!