celebrate the occasion: BOO! box

Let me just go ahead and say, I've been horrible at keeping up with the blog over the summer. I promise series and reoccurring posts and I'm always … [Continue Reading]

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Jud’s Favorites- 5 months

I haven't posted about any of our favorite baby products since Judson was a newborn. Things have changed a bit. He's on a roll, moving everywhere when … [Continue Reading]

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Game Day- Riffraff Style!

Y'all know Saturdays in the south are good for one thing... college football! We seriously plan weddings and birthday parties around the games, it's … [Continue Reading]

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Judson is 5 months old!

Judson- Here we are at another month! They seem to come and go faster with each passing month. You went to the beach for the first time this past … [Continue Reading]

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beach recap

If you've been reading this blog, you know we're huge fans of the beach. We're only about 4 hours away from the white sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast. … [Continue Reading]

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celebrate the occasion: BOO! box

Let me just go ahead and say, I’ve been horrible at keeping up with the blog over the summer. I promise series and reoccurring posts and I’m always falling behind. Thankfully, I found my early morning groove again this week and I am hoping that it’s just what I need to get back to regular posting. Basically, here I am starting off the month on the right foot and making a commitment to come back to the blog with some dedication. I’m going to try my hardest not to be such a flake in October.

Remember back in July when I brought you the first celebrate the occasion box? Well, forget August and September, and let’s look forward to October. I started this little project in order to make good on my resolution to send more snail mail. Let’s finish out 2014 strong.

I was thinking about that fun little game we play around Halloween where you Boo your neighbors (if you aren’t sure what I’m referring to, click here). I thought it would be fun to play on that same idea and send a box of Halloween treats in the mail.

Here’s a look inside the BOO! box for October.

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BK and I went to the store and we had the best time picking out fun things for the box. Keep in mind who you’re sending your box to when purchasing your items. Since our box is going to friends with littles, we wanted to make sure they had some fun surprises in the box.

We included:

  • Pumpkin cups
  • Halloween themed Play Packs
  • cupcake liners
  • cupcake toppers
  • creaseless hair ties
  • a Halloween books
  • Reese’s pumpkins
  • festive paper straws

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It’s all packaged up and ready to go, I can’t wait to put this fun little box in the mail in a few weeks!

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Jud’s Favorites- 5 months

I haven’t posted about any of our favorite baby products since Judson was a newborn. Things have changed a bit. He’s on a roll, moving everywhere when we put him down, and grabbing anything and everything he can get his hands on and taking them straight to his mouth. He keeps us entertained with his silly faces and babbles and coo’s, and he definitely has a few favorites

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1. Bumbo Floor Seat- This was one of my favorite things when BK was a baby. Her pink one was long gone, so we replaced it with a mint green version for baby brother. I was so happy that we had it at the beach! At this age, he wants no part of laying on his back but he’s not quite ready to sit up on his own. The Bumbo makes it easy for him to sit up and interact with us.

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2. Sophie the Giraffe Teether- Sophie is one of Jud’s favorite toys. The design is easy for him to hold and he loves chewing on any part of this toy. He’s quite attached to Sophie, I’m pretty certain they’re BFF’s.

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3. Infantino Link and Jingle Activity Rattle – Whale- We have tons of these little toys that hook onto his car seat or stroller. For some reason this whale is his absolute favorite. He sits and stares at it while we’re riding in the car and we can shake it when he’s fussy and the jingle calms him down. We aren’t sure why he is so attached to this toy, but it’s definitely one of his favorites.

4. Aden and Anais Swaddle Blankets- These are hands down our favorite blanket. We’ve been using them since he was born, they are super soft and he loves to snuggle up with them. Another thing we love is that they’re made of light-weight muslin, so they are perfect to cover him up with in the car or stroller.

5. BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller- Okay, so maybe this is more of my favorite, but he doesn’t mind it either. It’s easy to fold up and I love it for taking walks with him. He always ends up sleeping by the end of our walks, so I’m pretty sure he’s a fan, too.

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6. Evenflo ExerSaucer Bouncin Barnyard- This is his newest favorite. He loves being able to stand and play with the toys, and he loves that he can turn all the way around while playing. This has seriously provided hours of entertainment for him.

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Now, you tell me, is there something we’re missing?

Game Day- Riffraff Style!

Y’all know Saturdays in the south are good for one thing… college football! We seriously plan weddings and birthday parties around the games, it’s kind of a big deal. You know what else is a big deal? Game day style. It’s a great way to show your team spirit and wear your team colors. Gone are the days of throwing on a game day jersey and calling it a day. Now there are so many choices from fun stores like Riffraff. 

In fact, Riffraff even has an entire game day collection on their site. 

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I picked out a couple of tops in crimson to wear on Saturdays, one look I can dress up and one casual look for lazy Saturdays.

First up, the razzle tassel kimono in red . Let me start by saying, if you’re on the fence about kimonos, come on over to the right side. They are comfy and flattering and perfect for layering in cool weather.

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I love the ease of a kimono, and I can’t wait until the weather gets a little cooler to pair it with my favorite boots. The tassel detail and crochet on the sleeves makes me love this piece even more! I paired it with a flowy black top, but you could easily pair it with so many other colors.

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And for a more casual look, I opted for the Charlie Southern retro heart state tee. I wasn’t prepared for just how soft and comfy this tee would be. It’s so soft, I could easily sleep in it (and I just might)! Obviously, this isn’t limited to a game day shirt, but the red makes it perfect for me. It comes in so many other states, and regardless of the color, it’s a great tee to own.

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Another great recent Riffraff find were these sandals.

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The bodhi in honey leather are super comfy and cute! They come in black and brown and are actually ON SALE right now. Hurry over to see if you can grab a pair in your size. If not, the elate natural sandal is on sale as well, and they’re another favorite of mine! You can check out other great sandals (most of which are on sale) right here. 

As always, you can save 10% with the code “LIFEINTHEGREENHOUSE”

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Also, I’m over on Every Day Cheer today sharing a yummy recipe, you don’t want to miss these Cream Cheese Pumpkin Muffins!!

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Judson is 5 months old!

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Here we are at another month! They seem to come and go faster with each passing month. You went to the beach for the first time this past month and you really enjoyed the pool and sinking your toes in the sand. You didn’t last too long on the beach and spent most of the days being loved on in the condo.
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You’re much more mobile this day and interact with us really well. You’re showing signs that you might want to start eating soon.
You know what you want and you let us know that you want something really quick. Overall, you’re still easygoing and laid back. Your big sister is still the one you adore. She can always make you smile.
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At five months:
  • Eating- you eat every 3 hours during the day.
  • You’re schedule is not so great these days. Technically, you should be on the next MOC schedule, but that would require eating solids and we’re not ready for that just yet (we’ll be doing Baby Led Weaning). You take a few short naps during the day and one longer nap in the evenings. You sleep from 8:00-8:00 in your crib with two wake ups (one around 12:00 and one around 4:00). So much sleep regression.
  • You love to be rocked and held.

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  • You’re rolling and scooting (on your tummy) everywhere.
  • You still love bath time.
  • You love being outside, moving, the exersaucer, chewing on toys, blowing raspberries, Sophie, soft blankets, and the mamaroo.
  • You babble and “talk” all of the time. If I had to guess, I’d say you’re going to be a talker like your big sister.
  • You want to chew or suck on everything, including your fists.
  • You’re still exclusively nursing.
  • You’ll take your paci if you’re really tired.
  • You still love to be talked to, you’re content to sit and coo and make noises at anyone who stops and says “hi” to you. It’s not hard to get you to smile or laugh.
  • You’re the most ticklish baby I’ve ever met!
  • You weigh around 16 pounds.
  • You wear a size 3 diaper (but not for long) and 6-12 month clothes.

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beach recap

If you’ve been reading this blog, you know we’re huge fans of the beach. We’re only about 4 hours away from the white sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast. It’s a quick trip that I’ve taken for as long as I can remember. When we were planning our trip this year, I knew we would need to wait as long as possible in hopes that the temperatures would be cooler and to let Jud get a little bigger. By the time our departure date rolled around, we were all ready for some beach fun.

We declared this our easy year for BK. She was content to play in the sand and splash around in the waves for hours at a time. She would take a break under the tent, grab a snack with her sandy fingers and head back to play some more. Bottles of sunscreen were used on this beach loving girl.

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As for Judson, he was a different story. He spent most of the time in the room, but he didn’t mind the sand. He would dig his toes in and take quicks naps on the beach.

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We invited my mom to join us, and it was seriously the best decision we could have made. She was such an enormous help. Allen and I were even able to sneak in a date night while they ordered pizza and watched The Little Mermaid back at the condo.

She also kept Jud for us to take our best girl on an in-shore fishing trip. I really wanted some beach pictures, so Allen and I compromised, he was happy to take beach pictures if we would go fishing with him. I’m not really much for the great outdoors, but I must say, we had the best time. We caught plenty of trout, redfish and flounder. Originally, we hadn’t planned to take BK, but I am so glad we did! She reeled in fish like a pro and loved every minute of the trip.

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The captain even dropped us off on this beach full of shells and she was in heaven!

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We ate out most nights, and we usually timed it just right for Jud to take a nice nap during dinner.

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We strolled around Pier Park and had a little carnival ride fun.

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We dressed up for beach pictures, and I can’t wait to get them back!

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The last few days were overcast and cool and we really enjoyed the beach without worrying about the heat. We watched a few sunsets and I even read a few books. Allen and BK dug holes and built sand castles, she made new friends on the beach, and we really enjoyed our lazy days!

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There were plenty of pictures taken, seafood eaten, and morning doughnut runs. By Sunday, we were all ready to sleep in our own beds (especially Jud).

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Of course, there were plenty of melt-downs, sleeping drama from the smallest Green, and no shortage of naps missed (more on that later). But overall, it was a great vacation. We all came home happy and refreshed!

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