Holiday Cards

November 17, 2017

Holiday cards season!!! I LOVE this time of the year, not only for all the joy of the holidays, but because you get presents in your mail almost every day! I am a stationery LOVER and I always look forward to browsing online for my favorite cards. And it’s so much fun to see what your friends and family pick out too!

I always love a minimalist look for a holiday card. I want the photo to be what you see and focus on, not all the extra bedazzle going on on some cards. But I’m venturing out of my safe place a little bit this year, as I’m really loving florals on the cards!! Just a simple piece of holly or mistletoe is really beautiful and peaceful to me this year. I think it adds a nice touch. However, I’ll always be drawn to a simple “Merry Christmas” script though!

Here are 9 of my favorite holiday card designs!


1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9


Looking at this board, I obviously am in a black and white phase of my life right now! But the deep red pops of color on a few of those cards is very lovely to me.

I think my fave is #1! It’s modern, simple, and with a little extra fun. I’m loving it! And #2 is way out of left field for me, but for some reason I really like the big monogram letter of your last name. So cool! #4 and #6 are just lovely and peaceful to me. Then the rest are all very plain black and white, but I love that simple minimalist look! Let the photo do all the talking!

Plus what’s faaaabulous about these, is that all of them come with different colors you could choose. I always do just red or black or white, but there are blues, greens, pinks, grays, just about any color you could want! So if you like a design you can always change the colors up. Moreover, if you’d rather it say a different phrase, there are options for that too! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Joy, Happy New Year, etc. Tons of options! Couldn’t be easier to customize and find EXACTLY what you want.

As far as where to browse for cards,  I LOVE Minted the most. The best quality, so many options, and so easy. It’s like Etsy for cards. They are all independent artist who have their designs on there. So neat! They also have free recipient addressing which is UNBELIEVEABLE. Such a time saver and it matches your card so it’s really beautiful. Tiny Prints has this now too! This year, Minted added an option to text your photo in and a Minted designer will choose 5 designs that match your photo and text them back to you! I did it and I really loved 2 of the 5 they sent me. Kind of neat to see what others pick! Read more about texting a photo here.

This totally gets me in the holiday spirit! I love seeing everyone’s family photos right now, then I’m so excited to see it again on a card!

Hope this helps you narrow down the vast sea of cards!!! Which is your favorite?!


 

November Favorite Things

November 14, 2017

So long Halloween, HELLO HOLIDAYS! I love transitioning into November, well minus the early dark nights, but it’s the beginning of the ‘most wonderful time of the year!’ And I’m having all the feels of Christmas already! Working on my Christmas present lists, decorating the house for the holidays, and shopping for the coziest winter sweaters for the cold season upon us! Here are nine needs that are in my shopping cart. Happy shopping!


1 (spoon rest, salt, pepper) // 2 // 3 (brown, leopard) // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9


I’m obsessed with all the Hearth and Hand Magnolia items at Target! Love all the B&W. Fave color combo right now. I want to update some kitchen items to be more neutral and I love the spoon rest and salt and pepper cellars. And the candle smells SOOOO good! All things cedar for the winter!

Can’t get enough pom hats and sweaters! Love the thick chunky cardigan and my favorite color gold sweater. Pair it with a fun purse. B&W goes with everything.

Booties. Could have a million. I’m totally in an animal print phase right now.

Already thinking about 2018! I bought this planner for the new year. I had the same one this year and I LOVE it. It’s modern and has huge blank spaces to write for each day. It fits my needs for a planner PERFECTLY. This floral one was a close second! It’s much more organized and has spots for just about everything you could think of.

I change out doormats every season! Loving this one for the winter.


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Faye // 5 Months

November 13, 2017

Faye is 5 months old today! This month flew by and I feel like I hardly have a baby anymore! She’s gotten so big and interacting with her siblings and us as much as she can. Love this little babe and I baaaasically just squeeeeze her all day #cantgetenough

Flannel Baby Dress

Our sweet little hunny hit some mega milestones this month. She is rolling all over the place! From tummy to back AND back to tummy, woo hoo! She’s all over the place on the floor. Only almost fell off the bed once. EEEP! :)

Faye is still sooooo smiley! I just have to smile at her and she smiles right back, love that interaction :) She’s getting really curious at people, she’ll just stare at them and try to figure it all out. She hardly ever cries and her way of getting attention and talking is to growl, quite a funny noise coming out of a cute little baby! Especially at 4am!
She’s been such a great sleeper! Nap at 9am for 2 hrs, nap at 1pm for 2.5 hrs, and down for bedtime at 6:30pm. Wakes at 4am to nurse, and back to bed till 7am. My goal this month is to get her into Ivy’s bedroom to start sharing! So nervous. Everyone’s in good sleep habits right now, I’ve been procrastinating to mess it all up!

Love our little Faye Ophelia. Such a hunny and full of joy and love. Slow down time, this is our last baby :(


 

Sleep

November 9, 2017

Sleep, basically my favorite thing. And since we’ve survived daylight savings time and the dreaded three month sleep regression, I basically can save the world right now ;) #jk But really, those are two big feats in my Mommy world!

I’m feeling like we’re in a pretty good place right now with THREE KIDS. Summer flew by and Faye was basically dragged around everywhere, because babies sleep and are easy (at least mine were). But since about three months, I could tell she was falling into a schedule and wanting to actually take a nap in somewhere other than her car seat for 17 minutes.

I was suuuuuper (ok maybe almost a little crazy) scheduled with Ivy and Leo. ESPECIALLY Ivy (bc #firstkid). Naps and bedtimes didn’t wager far from +/- an hour and they hardly ever skipped a nap. They’ve both been great sleepers and in my heads it’s because I was a routine Mom. With Faye, she fell into the same schedule and this past month, as much as I would love to just go with the flow and have her sleep wherever and whenever, it is nice getting into a schedule with her, especially since school started for Ivy and Leo.

Here’s what has worked for us. It’s by no means the right way, but I’ve done the same with all three kids and we’ve thankfully had good sleepers. We all need our sleep!!!

Ivy
She started sleeping through the night, 12 hours straight, at 3 months. It was amazing. 630pm-630am. Then at about 13 months, she switched to one nap, and then at about 2 years, she decided she didn’t really want to nap at all. I’ve basically forced her to nap for the last two years. I either had to lay with her (which wasn’t so bad, I don’t turn that down!) or yell at her through the monitor, which was super annoying of me and made me so mad at her! I needed to just give it up, but I so desperately wanted her to nap for my sanity. Now for about the last 6 months, she naps about every other day, at 1:00, then takes quiet time in her room the days she doesn’t nap. She has books and usually lays in bed with a barbie or two and ALWAYS has her blankie where she has to have her “favorite sides” and her “favorite corners” to rub between her fingers. If she naps, bedtime is 8pm, if she doesn’t nap, bedtime is 7pm. She dresses herself in her pjs, brushes her teeth, then two books (GOD FORBID MISSING THE BOOKS) and to bed. Nightlight on.

And the BEST INVENTION EVER is the Ok to Wake clock. We set it for 7:30am, and at that time, it lights up green (and stays green for 30 min), and that means it’s “ok to wake.” It’s pretty funny. Almost every morning, her door opens at EXACTLY 7:30am and she always says, “My clock is green!” Every. Single. Morning. It’s great that she stays in her room and wakes up a bit before coming out. Plus, I’m so not ready for her spunky-little-firecracker-self until 7:30am.

Leo
He started sleeping through the night (12 hours straight) at 7 months. Otherwise would just get up once to nurse. He’s always been the best sleeper. Leo is still in his crib and pretty sure will always be ;) He loves it, and so do I. Ha. His nap and bedtime routine is same as Ivy’s. Gets his blankie (same as Ivy’s but blue, so weird, I know, but I had such good luck with it, I got it for Leo too! And Faye, haha), usually sleeps with a car or two lined up perfectly (he’s totally OCD) along his pillow, reads two books, and to bed. Leo is the best. Just lay him in there, sucks his two fingers, usually his hand down his pants also (ugh), and to sleep. Super easy. Not clean. But easy.

Leo hardly even makes noise when he wakes too. He likes to wake up slowly and just cuddle with his blankie. It’s so nice. I don’t have to rush in to get him. His nap is at 1:00, anywhere from 2-3 hours, then bedtime at 7:30. Then wakes up for the morning around 7:30am. His problem is that he sometimes gets pee all over himself because his comfort is to have his hands down his pants! UGH! Like his blankie and his two fingers wasn’t enough! Goodness kid! Other than that, which I pray that he outgrows sooner than later, he’s a perfect sleeper.

Faye
Our little baaaaaby. She’s so sweet. She’s gotten into the same schedule that Ivy and Leo were on. Nap at 9am, 1pm, then bedtime at 630pm, nurses/wakes at 4:00amish, then back to bed till 7am. Her naps are about 2 hours, sometimes her 1:00 nap can be longer, 3 hrs if I’m lucky, but otherwise usually has good naps. She always gets her full morning nap on at least Monday and Wednesday, when both kids are in school from 9-11:30. Other days are hit and miss for a full morning nap, but all three kids nap at 1, so we’re always home at that time. Sometimes we get all 4 of us in Ivy’s twin bed to read books together! :) We all laugh at that. It’s fun!

I’ve always tried to put the kids to bed when they’re drowsy and not yet sleeping. Of course sometimes when they’re nursing they fall asleep, but I try to nurse before they are EXHAUSTED and get them to teach themselves to fall asleep on their own. Faye is also a finger sucker, like Leo! All about the self-soothing. I just lay her in her crib, insert fingers, and she goes to sleep on her own.

Faye is in a sleep sac right now (like this, this, or this), just something to keep her cozy and safe without a blanket in her bed. She’s has been a really good baby and sleeper so far. Minus her growls at 4am, they sound so weird! It’s not even a cry, it’s just a strange noise out of such a cute baby! :) Love that lil girl.


That is what has worked for us. Find a routine and schedule and try to stick to it. We haven’t had a monitor in Ivy or Leo’s room for the last year and a half, it broke, and I figured they were old enough I didn’t need to watch them like a psycho anymore. Not having one in their rooms has been one of the best things for us. Just gave us a little more freedom and relief than having to watch and see what they’re up to in there or race in there the second they were awake.

All this sounds so perfect, but it’s not always. We’re in a good routine, and of course there’s some nights where Leo is kicking all the way up the stairs for bedtime, or Ivy is singing for an hour in her bedroom not napping, or Faye woke up 3 times instead of just once in the night. But for the most part, days are good and we all get sleep!

Now ask me again in a week or two when I actually muster up the courage to get Faye into Ivy’s room! They’ll be sharing and I can’t take the plunge yet! We’re all sleeping so well lately, I don’t dare mess it up! But it’s gotta happen soon, so there goes this whole post! And my sleep! I’ll be staring in the monitor at all hours of the night again and racing in there when Faye wakes so she doesn’t wake Ivy. Ugh. Not looking forward to that transition. Tips, anyone??

Now, sweet dreams. Past my bedtime.



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Happy Halloween

October 31, 2017

Happy Halloweeeeeeeen! Hope you all had a spooky night and had fun trick-or-treating! We had a BLAST and the kids were like crazy lunatics going from house to house! Leo ESPECIALLY loved it. He was all over the place! Mostly dodging scary werewolves and other freaky creatures, but when there wasn’t something spooky in his way, he was running for candy. Kinda loving this age. So young and still scared, but enamored with all things festive and excited about Halloween and trick-or-treating! So much fun with these little goblins! Faye stayed nice and warm snuggling with Emmie and Papa Koch while we were out with the other two. She will be cruising with them next year!

Ivy’s pose, LOL. She’s got that princess thing down! Ivy wanted to be Belle this year so that was easy!

Leo struggled with his costume. I showed him about 57 different costumes he might like, took him to Target AND the halloween store, and he would NOT pick one out! He kept saying he wanted to be “nothing” and would never pick one out, uhhhh! The only one he liked was a DIY bulldozer one I found, but yeah right, never got around to that, NOR am I crafty enough for that to turn out right! So we finally found a Blaze (Nickelodeon show) costume with inflatable tires which was awesome because he’s obsessed with all things trucks, but one of the tires got a hole in it this weekend while we were at a Halloween party. Shoot! So, we had this pumpkin in their costume closet and he was happy to be it! All worked out! WHEW.

Me and mah girls!!!

A vampire and his witch. John even did his own makeup, good job!!!!

Koch Kiddos! Love those three little goblins

Now let the trick-or-treating begin!

Such a blast! Now time to dive into their candy buckets and steal all their sugar and anything sour! I don’t like chocolate (I know I’m weird!)! Nerds and fun-dips please!

How many stomach aches are we going to have in the next few days?! :)