Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Hospital Packing List

I have several friends having babies soon or have had babies recently and I have shared my personal 'hospital packing list'.  I thought I would share for any mommies to be out there-


Hospital Packing List
For the Mommy

-          Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, shower gel, face wipes, etc.)

-          Slippers & socks (Hospital floor- yuck!)

-          Nursing wear (nursing cami, nursing bra, nightgown, etc.)

-          For labor… hard candy, chapstick, ponytail holders (I loved sucking on hard candy when my mouth was dry along with the ice)

-          Comfy, loose clothes (sweatpants!)

-          Dermoblast (from Walgreens) and Tucks Pads (for after labor- need I say more...)

-          Boppy pillow or other nursing pillow

-          PILLOW (the hospital ones are awful!!)

-          Cell phone charger
-       Bath Robe- so nice to throw on over your hospital gown
-       Snacks for after delivery- I was STARVING and nursing made me so hungry!
-       Exercise Ball- I loved using this during labor to sit on and rock through contractions

 
For Baby

-          Several outfits (probably ‘Newborn’ size- gowns are great and easy!

-          Socks and hats and in our case- BOWS! (I didn't have any hats and I didn't know how important these were during those first few days to keep warm.

-          Blanket or two

-          Mittens  (I never used these but wish I had- they sometimes scratch themselves)
-           Car Seat
The hospital will have pretty much everything else you need.

 
For Daddy to Be-

-          Toiletries

-          Change of clothes

-          Camera

-          Pillow from home

-          Snacks

-          Cell phone charger

Friday, June 14, 2013

Single's Day- Monica

 
I am SO excited about today!...I am a HUGE fan of Kelly's Korner blog!  I have had this post on here before but I wanted to give it another go!

This time around I could not pass up the opportunity to showcase one of my best friends, Monica who I am ALWAYS on the lookout for a good guy to fix her up with. And I don't even know where to start describing Monica or what an amazing person she is.
 
She is the all around package guys! Monica is a beautiful 27 year old woman who lives in Central Arkansas. She is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University where she recieved her business degree. She now works for a revenue consulting company. She is a little business woman and looks super cute in her business wear everyday! This girl already is very sucessful and I can only imagine where life is going to take her.  Her works requires her to travel A LOT- and right now she spends a lot of her time in beautiful Fort Lauderdale (jealous!).
Her hobbies include going to concerts, trying out great restaurants, spending time with friends, going to movies, reading, and she enjoys the occasional trashy reality tv (what girl doesn't?!). She is a big family person and loves her Momma (which I think says A LOT about a person). She is also a volunteer and Board Member with Bethany Christian Services. Her passion adoption, for volunteering and giving back are unbelievable. (Also, fun side note-I must mention she is known for her amazing poof-ed hair ;)  No matter what the occasion, Monica is always so put together!


She is also very involved in her church and above all else, her passion for Christ shines in who she is and all she does.

I can speak most about her as a friend. I mentioned that Monica is one of my very best friends and a reason she is one of my best friends is because of the kind of person she is- she is SO loyal, so thoughtful, and just a joy to be around. I know she would do anything for me and is always honest with me which I think speaks a lot about a person. She is also just as beautiful inside as she is out! She is one of my favorite people.. and Paisley's too!  Aunt Monica does A LOT of spoiling!  I can only imagine the kind of mom she will someday be!
 
 
 
 

I picture her with a guys that is fun, outgoing, very driven but above all, has a huge heart and loves the Lord!  And let's be honest, she is beautiful so I think she'll snag a cutie too ;)!  I have high standards for this girl so if you think you are or know of a guy worthy of dating this amazing woman, let me know and LET'S MAKE A MATCH!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Fellow Moms...Try it! Citrus Lane

I know, I know...I've been a terrible blogger but I am really going to try and get better.  Today I wanted to share a new fun company I tried.  I saw a facebook link one day to try Citrus Lane.  Now let me preface by saying I am not one of those people who usually clicks on facebook links but I notced several of my favorite baby brands so I thought I would see what it was about. 

After googling and checking out their website, I found out Citrus Lane is an online company that through a monthly subscription sends you a box of 'goodies' personalized to your babies age and sex.  The cost is roughly $25 a month but from all the reviews I read, Mom's gushed about getting well over their $25 back in goodies every month.  We recieved our first box last week and I was pleasantly surprised...

(I cannot get this photo to flip)
We recieved a book, some fabulous bath products, a new instrument, and even a lip balm goodie for mommy!  One thing I love about Citrus Lane is they use a lot of organic and eco-friendly products and find a lot of the new 'up and coming' brands to promote.
 
Anyways, advice to mommy friends...check it out...
Use my link to get a $10 credit!
 



Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Paisley is 12 months!



You are one year old PAISLEY!  How is this possible??
  • At your one year appointment you weighed 19 pounds 2 ounces (16th percentile) and were 29 inches long (42 percentile).  I think your petite-ness from your momma is finally catching up with you.
  • You have gotten much more hair this past month and even have a few curls forming at the base of your neck.  We'll see if you end up straight like Momma or Curly like Daddy or Gramps.
  • You took your first steps about a week before your first birthday and it didn't stop there.  You have kept us busy chasing you ever since then!  You still crawl some but I think it's only because you are more confident (and a lot faster!).
  • STILL no teeth!  
  • We are beginning to wean you from breast-milk and transition you to whole milk slowly.  So far, you are not very keen on the whole milk!  You are still a really good eater.  Some new favorites this month included cheese toast and vegetable soup....oh, and birthday cake!!  You also still love your old favorites- bananas, sweet potatoes and puffs!  
  • Your favorite toys this month were your new pink car and your piano.  You're also learning to 'love' on your baby dolls which melts Momma's heart to see.
  • You've noticed your puppy dogs now and you LOVE them.  Anytime you are upset, we ask if you want to go see your 'woof woof's' and you light up immediately.  You are even trying to imitate their bark now and it's so cute.
  • You are beginning to wave 'bye-bye' more.  It melts my heart every morning when I leave you for work.
  • You continuing to love music more and more and have started to 'dance' a bit which is SOOO cute.
It really does seem like only yesterday Dr. Beck was placing you on my chest for the first time.  It makes Momma sad that you are growing so fast  but I know there are so many special moments we will experience as you hit new milestones.  This has truly been one of the best years of our lives and we are so grateful God chose us to be your parents. 

Love you SOOOOOOO much-

Momma and Da-da


Liebster Blog Award

The Liebster Blog Award

Who doesn’t love an award? I received The Liebster Blog Award nomination from my friend and sister-in-law, Carly of Big House Little Table (http://www.bighouselittletable.blogspot.com/). What’s a Liebster Award you ask? Liebster is a German word meaning dearest, and the award is given to up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers who deserve some recognition and support to keep on blogging. Thanks for the nomination Carly!

Here are the rules should you choose to accept:
1. List 11 facts about yourself.
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
3. Create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate for the award.
4. Choose 5 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate.
5. Go to each bloggers page and let them know about the award.
6. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.

So here it goes...

Eleven Facts About Me…
1) I have always lived in Arkansas my entire life and I love that fact!  I love calling the natural state home!
2) I married a Louisiana boy so I will admit, I do cheer for LSU (when they aren't playing the hogs!) and I'm slightly addicted to Johnny's Pizza!
3) I'm a full-time working mom and though I love my job and helping people with insurance, I would quite in the bat of an eye if I ever won the lottery!
4) I do not have one athletic bone in my body.
5) Believe it or not, I have 16 years of dance training under my belt.  I started dance when I was 2 and competed in dance a few years.  I took tap, ballet, jazz, clogging, hip-hop, lyrical, and clogging but was probably best at ballet.
6) I once dreamed of owning my own preschool and would still love to make that dream come true some day.
7) I am ADDICTED to sweets!  I never can turn icecream, cookies, or brownies down!
8) I am not going to lie- I'm a blog stalker and LOVE reading some of your blogs out there.  I really hope to become a better blogger myself because I love the blogger world!
9) I am legally blind!  Don't ever ask me to do ANYTHING if I don't have glasses on or contacts in!
10) I am a Kelly's Kids Sales Rep and LOVE represnting their company!  Check us out (www.kellyskids.com/brookehayes)
 11) There are few foods I dispise but I will NOT eat Tuna fish (gag!)
11 Questions Carly gave me…
1) If you could have any career in the world, with no limits, what would you be doing?
It's so hard to choose just one!... I would have to say at the top would be to be a Disney Princess at Disney World.  Who wouldn't want to be?!  Making children light up would be the best job ever!  I mean, maybeeee I could pull off Snow White or Belle?!  Another dream would be being a personal shopper!  I LOVE hunting down things and love shopping in general, so this would be my dream job! (Shallow, I know!)  I also love kids and would love any career having to do something with kids.
2) What would you say is your go-to recipe when you don’t have much time to think about dinner?
Crock-pot chicken tacos!  Chicken breasts, one jar of your favorite salsa, and a little bit of seasoning. Set it on low for 5 hours= life changing yumminess!
3) What is your favorite season? Hands down- FALL! I love that it's not too cold, I love fall clothes, and apple cider and hot chocolate are two of my favorites!
4) If your house was on fire and you only had time to grab 3 things, what would you grab?
I always hate this question!  They would not be things- it would have to be my hubbie, my Paisley, and my fur babies (that's a lot to carry!).
5) What is your favorite trend about today’s style/fashion and what is your least favorite trend?
My favorite trend right now is colored skinnies (jeans, pants, whatever- I LOVE!).  My least favorite would probably be neon things- I just can't rock those colors!
6) What is your favorite TV Show?
I can't pick just one!!...Right now I am obsessed with... The Voice, Modern Family, and Duck Dynasty.
7) Do you have a favorite makeup product or favorite hair care product?   I CAN'T live without my MAC lipglass.  I have several shades and I always need a little color on my lips. 
8) What is most important to you in life? My relationship with Jesus Christ.  Jesus is my rock and my strong hold.  If I didn't have my faith, I truely do not know where I would be.  He gives me my joy in life and I don't think I could face some days without knowing He was in my corner.
9) What is your favorite piece of jewelry and where did you get it?
Besides my wedding ring, I would have to say my knock-off J. Crew bauble necklace (Cliche these days but I love it!).  I have it in aqua, red, and pink because I love them so much!  I'll even let you in on a little secret- I got mine from ebay (cheap!).
10) If you could start a non-profit company, funding any cause you wish, what would yours be?
Adoption.  If you know me very well at all, I have a HUGE heart for orphans and adoption.  The non-profit I work the most with is Bethany Christian Services. I also love the work Shaohannah's Hope does and I have supported them before as well.
11) If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would you choose to live?
Somewhere tropical.  I don't think I'm brave enough to live outside the U.S. for very long so maybe Hawaii :)  I love it there!

My 11 Questions For My Blog Nominees
1) If you could trade places with a celebrety for a week, who would you trade with?
2) What's your most impressive recipe?
3) What's your favorite thing about fall?
4) If you could build your dream house, what would be one thing it would have to have?
5) What's your favorite song, new or old?
6) What is your favorite TV Show?
7) What's your best makeup or skincare secret or tip?
8) If you could be good at one thing you're not already good at, what would it be?
9) What's your favorite place to shop?
10) Do you shop on etsy?  If so, what is your favorite shop?
11) What's your favorite place you have ever vacationed?
The Five Blogs I Nominate
1) My pledge sister and friend Rachel at Dinner Bells (http://www.dinner-bells.com/ )
2) Animal loving Carabeth at The Buie's Zoo (http://www.thebuieszoo.com/)
3) Amazing photographer and Mom of Cooper at Another Day in R Life (http://www.anotherdayinrlife.com/)
4) Sweet mom of cutie-patootie Ryder, Kati at Kati's Getaway(http://katisgetaway.blogspot.com/)
5) Beautiful lady and fellow OBU-grad Amy Lynn at All Things Girl (http://www.amylynnwentz.com/)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

11 months old


I am still in shock that as of today, we have an 11 month old!



With every month that passes, we don't think we could love you anymore (or find you anymore cuter) and yet we do!  Here is what you have been up to this past month:
  • We have not weighed you in awhile but I'm thinking you are around 20 pounds.  You are wearing 9-12 month clothing, a size 2 shoe (tiny feet!) and a size 3 diaper.
  • You have continued your mobility this month crawling EVERYWHERE!  You also continue to pull up on EVERYTHING and even have been standing up on your own on occasion.  I really think you will be walking before your first birthday.
  • STILL no teeth but this past weekend you showed many symptoms of teething so we anticipate one popping through soon.
  • You nurse/take a bottle typically 4 times a day now.  You are really getting tired of pureed babyfood and prefer finger foods that allow you to feed yourself.  Some new favorites this month included cheese quesadillas, toast, and kiwi!  You also still love your old favorites- bananas, sweet potatoes and puffs!  You also had your first 'Kids Meal' yesterday from Chick-fil-A which consisted of applesauce and one grilled chicken nugget torn in tiny pieces- you loved it!
  • Your favorite toy this month was your jumperoo and your walker.  You have gotten the hang of both and loved to jump and walk!

  • This month you really began jabbering more!  You frequently make "ah, da, ba, and ma" sounds and occasionally let out a 'hey'!
  • You just started clapping more and it is too cute!  You've started clapping at the dinner table and insist on momma and daddy clapping for you after every bite.
  • You attended your first Razorback tailgating yesterday and although ULM beat the Hogs, you were the cutest little cheerleader I ever did see!
I love seeing these changes every month as you grow.  Although it is sad how fast you are growing, we find new things we love about each stage in your life.  We are so thankful for such a beautiful and healthy baby girl that we get to call ours.

Love you booger-

Mom and Dad




Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Paisley is 10 Months Old!

2 months away from 1 year?!  It just can't be!  

  • This month was such a fun and busy one.  Mainly because you became A LOT more mobile!  You are crawling fast, standing up, and cruising on to ANYTHING you can hang on to. You also discovered the stairs in our house this month and LOVE going up them. 

  • You are currently wearing size 9-12 month clothing and size 3 diapers.  We still don't have any teeth though!

  •  You have become so affectionate this past month and it is Mommy's favorite thing ever!  You will crawl into our laps to cuddle, wrap your arms around us for hugs, and my personal favorite...GIVE KISSES!
  • You are still nursing or taking a bottle of breastmilk about 4 times a day.  You have continued to try new solid foods.  Some new favorite foods this month included cut up blueberries, peaches, and BREAD.  On vacation you ate the inside of 2 whole rolls (you are your mother's child...!)
  • You have started clapping and waving this month.  You love to clap for yourself and say 'Yaaay'!  You are also starting to waive to people more. 
  • You are still very much into your toys but you have started to find more interest in the things that are NOT your toys- cabinets, laundry baskets, etc.

  • You went on your longest car ride this far for our family vacation to Seagrove, Florida.  You did so well on the 11 hour car ride and decided you love beach life.



Mommy and Daddy love you, Princess!  Thank you for making these past 10 months the best ever!