Christmas Photos 2016

We were blessed to have some Christmas pictures taken this year, and I’m so excited about them! We loved the photographer who took our family photos a few months ago- and she was doing a Christmas special that we couldn’t pass up. I have been so bad about sending out Christmas cards, but this year- I’m on it! Hope you all enjoy these as much as I do!

Happy Holidays!

 

Emersyn Update

Well, I fell of the blogging world again. I go through phases where posting comes easily, and then life happens and I drop the ball. So today I’m doing Emersyn’s 6, 7, and 8 month update!

Emersyn is 8 months old as of 3 days ago. She is army crawling, eating some solids, and saying mama! She is still waking up 3 times a night to nurse, which has not been my favorite thing, but she always goes right back to sleep on her own once she is done- which makes it bearable. Emersyn loves crawling around and exploring- she especially loves when we have play time in brothers room and she can have free reign of all the toys! Over all, she is a very happy and chatty baby! She loves when people talk to her and she will usually try and talk back. Its easier taking her places than staying home all day, which is not how it was with Randsom! I love seeing all the small differences between my kids.

So here are some pictures from month 8, 7, and 6!

Love,

Mommy Little

 

Pumpkin Picking

My family spent yesterday morning picking out pumpkins! It was so much fun, and we were especially glad that Daddy was able to join us for our little adventure. He has been so busy this semester, we hardly see him! Anyway, Randsom loved seeing all the pumpkins and sitting on the big red tractor! Emma was also thrilled at all the fall sights. Washington is absolutely beautiful this time of year, we are so glad to have been able to enjoy it. Stay tuned for pumpkin painting pictures!

Happy Sunday,

Mommy Little

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Outfit Details
Jacket: Old from TJ Maxx
Shirt: Old Navy 
Pants: Loft
Boots: Hunter Boots

Emmas Hat: H&M Sold Out

Instagram Round Up

I finally worked up the nerve to share a few outfit posts on Instagram this past week! I’m thrilled with how many people have seemed to enjoy them. I’ve gotten a few questions about each outfit, so I’m sharing the details here!
Enjoy- and thanks for the support!

 

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Vest: J. Crew FactoryShirt: Old from T.J. Maxx, similar version here Pants: Loft Boots: Tory Burch
Necklace: Kendra ScottBedding: West Elm

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Details
Vest: J. Crew Factory – Necklace: Kendra Scott – Shirt: Old

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Shoes: Tory BurchPants: Loft Shirt: T.J. Maxx – Cardigan: Loft Necklace: Kendra ScottPurse: Tory Burch

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Shoes: Converse Pants: Loft Top: Old NavyJacket: Old Nordstrom, Similar here
Em’s Pants: Carters- Em’s Top: Oshkosh Em’s Jacket: Old Navy, Not Available Online – Em’s Bow: Little Poppy Co. 

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Boots: Old, Similar HerePants: Loft Top: Lush Cardigan: Old Navy
Necklace and Earrings: Kendra Scott Bag: Barrington Gifts

Changes: Blog About What You Love

Confession time.

I don’t always love blogging.

There I said it. Sometimes it feels like I’m trying to push out content that others will love, instead of writing about what I truly enjoy. I love the community that I have found here in the blogging world, but I feel like my best connections are on Instagram and not my blog. And honestly, I’m feeling burnt out.

So from here on out- I will be making a few changes to my blog. I will be posting everything from my usual “mom” posts and family updates, to fashion and beauty. I have lots of interests and I want my blog to showcase that. I hope you will stay with me as I try to figure this all out.

As always,

Mommy Little

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Weekend Round Up

Another week has come and gone! Here is what we have been up too…

 

 

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Emersyn turned 6 months old! She is adorable, chubby, and the life of the party. I will do a 6 month update soon… but here is a sneak peak of her pictures! She also started trying solids… which she loved.

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Randsom upgraded to a big boy bed. I was worried about the transition at first, but he as adjusted without a problem. I guess that is one of the perks to keeping him in a crib until he was 3! haha Also, his bedding is my favorite. I think I’m more obsessed with it than he is.

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My stroller got a serious upgrade- I’m so excited about these stroller liners by DimplesMonkey on Etsy! They are beautiful, double sided, and machine washable. Perfect for when Emersyn has a blow out while on a walk… ask me about that one.

 

I hope you all had a great week, and are enjoying your weekend!

Mommy Little

 

Homeschool Preschool Curriculum

 

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I have a Preschooler!

My son turned 3 this summer, and this year we have decided to start implementing a more diligent “education schedule”.  So in September we started doing Preschool 4 days a week.

I was homeschooled during late elementary and high-school, and had a wonderful experience. I firmly believe in the importance of being in control of your children’s education (whether that be homeschooling or just being involved in their public or private school education) and I will write another post on why I plan on homeschooling my children. But for now I thought I would share what we have planned for Randsom this year!

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I am blessed with a supportive family that is extremely knowledgeable about homeschooling (both my husband and I were homeschooled by our amazing mothers!). My mother in law blessed us with the main curriculum that I plan to use this year. It is a Lesson Book  by Memoria Press that uses popular children’s books to make teaching preschoolers easy and fun. If you purchase the set from Memoria Press, it comes with the work book and all of the children’s books, but you could easily just purchase the work book/teachers manual and borrow each book from your local library.

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This curriculum is broken down into weekly lesson plans. Every week you and your student go through one new book. Each day there is a new lesson that goes with the book of the week. The lessons start with a short prayer (which I think is important to teach from a young age!) and talking about the day/date/weather. You go on to Alphabet and Number lessons, which are provided for you in the work book. You also have sections for Oral, Language, Literature, Fine Motor, and Gross Motor skills. The best part is that each daily lesson only takes about 20 minutes! This is perfect for preschoolers who have a hard time doing one thing for very long. There are also lots of suggested activities for each week that you can add on your own to keep your child engaged and remembering back to the lessons.

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Ransom has loved participating in his Preschool work so far. I have also enjoyed watching him be more challenged through out the day. It has been wonderful that the program is only 4 days out of the week, which leaves room for outside activities, and makes it easier to keep up with if someone is having an off day. We have also implemented a few other books and activities to this curriculum. I have loved using these Star Wars Workbooks to add a little more to each day. And obviously, Randsom is obsessed with Star Wars and always willing to do these.

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I will report back after a few months on our experience and if I still love it as much as I do now.

What do you use to teach your Preschooler at home?

-Mommy Little

Weekend Round Up

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Its that time again. The weekend! Here is what we have been up to this week.

We started off the week over at Nana and Papa’s new house. They were kind enough to purchase some fun “gym” toys for Randsom and Emma to use- which has been great! We loved going over and run enjoying the new set up. It is also really helpful for Randsom to get in some practice with balance and coordination.


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This week, Randsom has his Batman dreams come true. I purchased him a “blue” batman costume, and I have never seen a child more happy. He has been asking to dress up as a “blue Batman” for months now. I have no idea why he loves the vintage Batman so much- but I love it! He was so happy about his new costume that he hasn’t wanted to take it off! We went to the park to feed ducks the next day, with Batman. All very exciting.


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Next, the kids and I picked up Daddy from school, and headed over to our local fair. This was the first time Randsom had ever been to a fair- and it was a blast! We all enjoyed seeing the animals, booths, and even riding a few rides.


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Over all, we had a pretty great week! Hope you did as well, and enjoy your weekend!

Mommy Little

Confessions Of A Food Allergy Mommy

My son turned 3 years old this summer. We found out about his food allergies when he was just 6 months old, which means we have been living with his allergies for 2 and 1/2 years. Sometimes I can’t believe its been that long, and other times I don’t understand how I still haven’t gotten used to it.

Randsom is allergic to dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts. He has other non-food related allergies as well, but those are less severe. We found out about his allergies the hard way. I was starting to give him solid foods, and one day I decided to make one of those “healthy pancakes” made from an egg and a banana. After just a few small bites his eyes were swelling up, and he had little red welts all around his mouth. I didn’t understand back then how lucky I was that he didn’t go in to anaphylactic shock. I gave him a dose of Benadryl and he was alright. It gives me a panic attack just thinking about how lucky we were that day.

I took him in to be tested for allergies just a few weeks later, and we were given the news. We would have to change our lifestyle completely. It was easy at first, because Randsom was still nursing most of the time. Now that he is older, it has become so much harder.


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Confession #1. 

Epi Pens suck. I’m sure you have seen all the articles circulating on social media lately about the cost of Epi Pens and how inflated it has become, which is causing huge financial strain on families who need them. It’s not an exaggeration, folks. These devices cost several hundred dollars, even after insurance! We were told that we should have 2 Epi- Pens per allergy… for us that would mean a  $2,400 dollar bill every time we purchased them. And keep in mind that they expire, so if you don’t use them (and we hope we never have to) we have to just throw them away after a few months.

They are also a pain to have to carry everywhere. I have a special bag with Epi Pens and Benadryl that I have to remember to bring with me every time we leave the house. It isn’t too big of a deal for me because I always have a diaper bag or a purse with me, but the trouble is that you can’t leave the medication in temperatures that are too cold or too hot. It makes it hard to go out and about during the summer when the weather is super hot and you are worried that the Epi Pens stashed in your bag are going to be ruined by the heat. I also can’t imagine my son remembering to carry them around all the time as he gets older… he is going to need a man bag or something.

I truly hope that someone will come up with a better solution for people with allergies. That another company will start making a product to compete with the Epi Pen and help drive costs back down. We need something smaller and easier to travel with. They day someone invents an epinephrine injector that fits in your pocket, and costs under $100 I will climb to the highest mountain and shout for joy. Seriously.

 

Confession #2.

It is absolutely terrifying to let your child with allergies go to a play group or nursery without your supervision. Not everyone will understand allergies, especially those who have never experienced them. It is almost impossible to explain to a caregiver the importance of keeping the allergens away from your child. Even just a little bit can be a huge problem, and that is hard for some people to understand. Unfortunately, we have had several bad experiences, where I thought I had made it very clear that my child can’t have snacks that I haven’t approved and that he shouldn’t be around other kids eating… and yet I get called back in to get him later because no one was watching and he ate someone else’s snacks. Obviously my child’s safety is my responsibility, but it’s so discouraging when this happens. It makes it so hard for me to want to attend events like Bible studies, play groups, or anything else where child care in involved. And if I do attend, I end up going to check on him every 10 minutes anyway.

 

Confession #3.

It’s impossible to go out to eat. Actually impossible. The last time we went out to dinner as a family, Randsom was 1 year old and we had even packed him his own food to eat- and he still ended up getting hives all over his body because there was residue on the table and high chair (which I had wiped down first). It was stressful, sad, and we haven’t done it since.

This is probably one of the hardest parts about his allergies, which probably sounds dumb, but I’m sure other allergy mommy’s can relate. We don’t get to go out and celebrate for birthdays, we can’t join other friends when they ask to go out, and you lose a sense of normalcy. It’s so hard to explain to my child that we can’t go certain places because he will get “sick”. I never want him to feel left out, but honestly that is what happens.

 

Confession #4

Sometimes you forget, and you feel like a terrible parent. No, I don’t mean you forget your child has allergies and let them eat peanut butter. But sometimes my husband and I do eat things that Randsom is allergic to. If we go and give him a hug and forget to wash our hands, or give him a kiss on the cheek, he will get hives all over where we touched him. Its awful knowing that you are the reason your child isn’t feeling well. Thankfully, we have gotten better about remembering to be careful and this is happening less and less often. But it still sucks not being about to love on your kid when you want to.


I know I am not the first Mommy to experience all these things, and sadly I won’t be the last. Allergies in children are popping up at an alarming rate. No one can really pin point why it’s happening, but I have my own ideas.

I also need to mention that I know it could be worse. It could always be worse. There are many people out there who are suffering more than I could ever imagine, and some Mommies who wish all their child had to deal with was food allergies. I respect and acknowledge that- I know I am SO blessed. With that said, are there any other allergy Mommies out there? How are you dealing with it? Any tips?

As always,

Mommy Little

 

Mommy Favorites: Accessories

Fall Accessories

 


Happy Friday everyone! I have decided to share some of my favorite accessories that I plan to carry me into fall. I honestly can’t wait for the crisp air and pumpkin flavored everything. I am loving my new B.P. Blanket Scarf that I snagged during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, it is huge and so cozy. I have also been wearing my Kendra Scott goodies non-stop! I love the Elle and Katelyn Earrings!


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