Slowing it Down

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Things have been EXTRA crazy around here for the past couple of weeks. 
I would not recommend moving right after having a baby to anyone, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. 
Trying to balance recovering from having Annabelle, getting in all of my newborn snuggle time and nursing, giving Jacob all of the attention he craves, AND packing up the house has probably been one of the most difficult tasks of my life. 
Of course none of has gone smoothly.

Everything really accumulated about two weeks ago and I finally reached my breaking point.
I was having issues nursing Annabelle (tongue tie that has since been fixed), not giving my poor toddler the attention and understanding that he needs during such a transitional time, trying to do too much at home, and not taking care of myself.
I ended up sick and running a fever for a few days, and that's when I knew it was time to slow down.
When your body starts to physically tell you it's too much, you have to listen.

Now I'm working on slowing it down and giving myself a break.
I mean, I just had a baby for goodness sake!
It sounds so simple, but when your a control freak like me it's easier said than done.
My husband has been handling just about everything related to the move as well as helping out with the day to day stuff at home, and I've been focusing on my little ones.
Babies grow so fast, and I don't want to miss out on this newborn time with Annabelle.

As a mom and wife sometimes you feel like you have to do it all. 
That's a totally unrealistic expectation, but I know many of us are guilty of it. 
With that kind of mentality everyone suffers, a realization I wish I came to sooner and hope that I remember.


DIY Halloween Cardstock Banner

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I am a big fan of card stock banners.
They are SO easy to make and are a perfect way to make something a little more festive, whether it's a holiday or special event (here's a card stock banner I made for our gender reveal).
The best part is if you use stuff you already have it won't cost you a dime!

I recently made this beware Halloween banner for our mantle.
Since we are moving on Halloween, I decided to decorate our home back in September.
I love holidays and didn't want to miss out on Halloween just because our home would be packed up during the month of October.

What you will need:
Black, orange and white card stock
Stencils for three different size pennants, beware letters, and spiders 
Glue stick
Needle and thread (if you want your spiders to dangle)
Bakers twine or string of your choice

Start off by cutting out your pennants, beware letters, and spiders.
I used my Cricut to make mine, but you could easily use stencils for this project.
Using glue stick, attach your pennants, largest to smallest.
Next, glue the beware letters to the pennants.

I used a needle and thread to attach the spiders to the bakers twine. I chose to use thread because it's nice and thin, so that all you really see are the spiders dangling off of the banner. 

This card stock banner was so simple, and I love the festive addition it makes to our mantle. 
Jacob was especially partial to the spiders, and we lost a few to curious toddler hands. 

Happy Halloween!


Introducing Annabelle

Monday, October 26, 2015

We welcomed Annabelle Nicole into the world on October 1st at 5:38pm. Our little fall baby arrived weighing in at 6 lbs 15 oz and a head FULL of dark hair. 

We are all so in love with this little girl, and after only three weeks with us it's impossible to imagine life without her. 

Our little Belle has such a calm and sweet nature about her, and she sleeps right through all of the chaos and commotion of our current household. 
She is such a blessing and the perfect addition to our little family. 

Nicole Leeay