. . . for Lauren and Lauren

October 23, 2014

Date Night In

Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own.  #TargetWedding

Before we had Addilyn Chris and I definitely didn't go out on dates every week, but we sure did more than we do now.  I feel like maybe we didn't take advantage of how easy it was to go to a movie or go get dinner, because now it just doesn't happen too often.  

Most nights we end up putting Addilyn to bed around 7:30 and spend our evenings watching tv, I'm often on my computer and Chris is often on his phone.  I've shared before that we need to work on being more intentional with our time together.  And even if we're not out on a date, treat an evening like a date together.  

In the past we used to like eating dinner early, but now at least once or twice a week we wait until Addilyn goes to bed to eat our dinner.  It's nice to be able to take our time eating and not having to help Addilyn eat and clean her up soon after, rushing to eat our meals ourselves.  

Fall makes this all more appealing with the cooler temperature, fall recipes and staying cozy at home. There's been a handful of nights recently where I sit in the kitchen, drinking a glass of wine, talking to Chris while he finishes up dinner.  He makes a fire and we can sit and enjoy our dinner together.  It feels much more like a date. Plus I can stay in my sweatpants which is always a bonus.  

seasonal products //  kitchenaid mixer // peanut butter cookie dough dip 

Last weekend was the perfect opportunity,  and Target registry makes it easy to get everything you need for a date night in.   

I had already made a super easy and delicious meal in our crock pot.  This stuffed pepper soup was easy, cheap and really good!  (Seriously crock pots are the best thing ever.  And even better in the Fall and Winter when soups and chili are my favorite.)  

Dessert isn't Chris' favorite thing, but it's definitely mine.  So making a dessert using the KitchenAid Mixer to eat while we watch a movie makes a date night even better.  And peanut butter cookie dough dip? YUM!  

This year more than ever I've  appreciated our house and fall decorations.  I don't know if it's because I spend more time at home than ever before, but decorating for fall, having pumpkins around, fall garlands, and candles burning make me so happy.  Add in a fire in our fireplace, followed by a movie in our living room and we've got a perfect date night!  

Like I've said before I want to work on being more intentional with our time once Addilyn goes to bed.  It's so easy to just sit on the couch and do our own thing, but I want working on our marriage to be a priority.  So planning a nice meal, dessert and evening with Chris needs to happen more often. 
And shopping at Target to get ready?  Done.  

Now thanks to Target, I get to giveaway a $25 giftcard to buy anything you want! All you have to do is comment and tell me your favorite date night in.  And please don't tell me you play Chess or Stratego with your husband because that's the ultimate act of love over here and I avoid those games at all costs. 

Winner will be randomly picked on Friday.  Thanks for entering! 

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October 22, 2014

Treat yo self

striped cardigan
fall outfit
sweater: c/o sheinside     jeans: old nay   boots: zulily 

Last week I had the most relaxing day I've probably had since Addilyn's been born.  After Addilyn's morning nap I got to go get my hair done, which takes a nice long almost two hours.  Then later that day I got an hour long massage and went to a friend's house for girls night dinner.  It was wonderful. As I was running the marathon I thought about this day multiple times, and it felt like a much deserved reward after working so hard that day.  

I used to hate spending money on things that I couldn't tangibly keep.  I would have never spent money on a massage, or rarely spent money to get my hair done.  While I surely spread out my hair appointments and can't imagine being able to justify getting a massage often, it was wonderful and I'm so glad I did it.  And would happily do it again.  It felt so nice to have hours to myself and I felt relaxed and happy.  Maybe it's getting older or Chris rubbing off on me, but now I certainly enjoy experiences almost as much as buying new clothes.  

To add to my pampering day, I got this sweater in the mail from Sheinside and I wore it three days in a row.  It's so comfy and I'm going to keep wearing it all the time.  

sweater and boots

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October 21, 2014


top and pants: old navy   shoes: kohls 

My sister texted me a picture of these shoes and I went to Kohls the next day to buy them too. Remember how they kept sending me $10 for their remodeling? Well they did it a few more times, which meant I bought these shoes for less than $10.  

My brother in law thought that Lauren wearing these was a joke and that they were the ugliest things he's ever seen.  Luckily for me, Chris could care less about these shoes, more because I don't think he ever knows what I'm wearing.  

While Chris does randomly compliment me regarding an outfit, most of the time he's quite unobservant.  After spending a day together, I used to play this game with him where I would ask him to close his eyes and tell me what I was wearing at the moment.  Very rarely could he describe my outfit.  The day I wore this outfit he didn't even make a comment about these wild shoes. 

So sometimes his non observance works in my advantage.  Does your husband have an opinion about what you wear?  Not like I wouldn't buy these shoes if he hated them either. ;) 

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October 20, 2014

If I could do it differently

I had this post started up with a list of things that I'd like to do differently if I started over with Addilyn.  A list of things that I would want to differently if we have another baby.  Some things like let Chris comfort Addilyn during the night from the beginning, because we're kind of stuck in this bad pattern of me being the only one that can calm her down.  Or to be more consistent throughout her first year with putting her in the church nursery because now she screams and cries and it makes me dread Sunday mornings.  Things like not respond the second she makes a sound in the middle of the night for the first six months and probably setting her up to not so great sleeping habits.  To leave her for longer periods of time with our parents, have them put her down for naps and bedtime. Or how she's currently in a phase where she wants to nurse many times during the day, which she's never done and maybe I should've weaned her sooner.

For last few weeks I've been worried about all these things and have been fixating on them.  My girlfriends are going away for a night next month and I'm not going to go because I'm not ready to leave Addilyn overnight.  She still nurses once during the night and I just don't feel ready to leave her.  I know plenty of moms have left their babies overnight by this point and even lots have gone away with their husbands without their babies and feel like maybe I should be ready.  When I see posts of couples leaving their babies who are younger than Addilyn I wonder what's wrong with us, that I'm not ready for that.

Then I stop and think about how she is already 15 months.  The last year and a half have gone so quickly and can only imagine the next year and half will go by just as fast.  Then she'll be three and not even close to a baby.  These issues won't be issues anymore and they'll be replaced with different battles, like tantrums and wanting to stay and play at Grandma and Grandpa's and not come home.

So when it comes down to it I don't think I would've been able to do any of those things differently. I just did whatever I thought was the best for us, in that moment.  I'm sure down the line I'll do things differently with another baby, as it won't all feel so foreign and new.  But more probably because that baby will be different than Addilyn, and I'll have different needs and approaches at that time too.

It's so easy for me to fixate on things and I'm trying so hard to just let them go.  But it's a struggle. To remind myself that we're happy and all I can do is the best I can do.  To take it day by day and do what is working for our family. And that above anything Addilyn is loved like crazy.  And that I would do the same over and over.

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October 19, 2014

Wanting . . .

dress: target   vest: jcpenney  boots: dsw

I want to have more reasons to wear my dresses and boots.

I want to have more weekends like this one.  Low key, girlfriends over, Chris cooking breakfast, and Fall weather.

I want to continue to watch episode after episode of Gilmore Girls and dream of living in Stars Hollow.

I want to finish Addilyn's 9-12 month baby book, which means I need to start it first.

I want to stick Addilyn in a pumpkin again this year and take pictures.

I want my blistery toes to heal themselves so I can put on normal shoes again.

I want everything I wear to have pockets.

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