Cookie Decorating, toddler style.

October 20, 2014

Once upon a time,
Ryan and his best friend Lee got together to frost Halloween sugar cookies.
( Lee is just 4 months older than Ryan and they are the best of buddies )

Beyond brilliant idea for a toddler. They were in heaven.

My dear friend Michelle made THIS sugar cookie recipe and they are TO DIE FOR!
( If you are in Utah and familiar with Swig - It's a knockoff "swig sugar cookie recipe" )

This was a first time experience for Ryan.
We put on their little smocks ( which by the way, are AMAZING! I seriously need to buy some )
- my friend found them HERE 

.....and got ready for the sugar high of the month.

Ryan wanted to lick all the knives of frosting.

So instead of everyone having the privilege of getting Ryan's germs on their cookies I had to step in and stop him mid act on the 3rd knife.

Awesome, child.

Lee boy. I love this kid.

Frosting champion.

Classic "toddler nibble" of the cookies. 

Even baby Drew ( Lee's little brother ) got in on the action.

((  Besides the point but my dear friend is super mom. 
She is pregnant with her 3rd child due in November and will have 3 children under the age of TWO.
*She is having a girl and I'm kind of freaking out because I can't help but buy girl clothes when we go to the mall. ))

Anyways, The boys were in heaven stealing candy corns every time we turned around
and experiencing cookie frosting at it's finest.

*Tip for toddlers : 
1. Have lots of plastic knives.
2. Have cookies pre-made.
3. We had Halloween sprinkles, candy corn, and chocolate chips as toppings and they worked out wonderfully.
4. Have them wear a smock. :)

Gosh I'm loving this time of year with a toddler!
Everything that is already fun, is fun on steroids.

Just the cutest mural ever

October 17, 2014

This picture kills me.
HILARIOUS. Ryan's like "what the heck is going on?"

Don't worry my child, one day you will understand.

Gosh if these babies get married one day their wedding slideshow will trump all.

If you ever find yourself in downtown Austin, TX you have to go see THIS beyond darling mural.

I am big believer that happy weekends deserve to be documented and this was a really good one.
Thanks for the best time Erika and Hans! We love you!

Happy Friday ALL! XO

And goodness thank you so much for the support and kind words said to me regarding my last post.
I really wish I could hug all of you and let you know how much it meant to me and my little family.
So thank YOU.

October - Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month with Coco Bands.

October 15, 2014

 "According to the American Pregnancy Association, out of the roughly six millions pregnancies that occur each year in the United States, about two million end in a loss including:   
  • Miscarriage
  • Termination (medical and non-medical)
  • Ectopic pregnancies
  • Molar pregnancies
  • Stillbirth
  • Inadequate prenatal care
  • Prematurity
  • Low birth rate
  • Various birth defects"
"Also each and every day, 13 babies will be lost to SIDS and other sudden, unexpected infant deaths; more than 70 new parents will have listened sadly their stillborn baby’s silence; and countless lives will be lost to miscarriage and other causes of infant death." - SOURCE

After personally losing a couple of pregnancies, by unfortunately experiencing 2 of those conditions listed,
this topic is very sensitive to my little family and very dear to my heart.

 October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

For me, not only does this give us an opportunity to raise awareness on this topic, but it also gives women who have, or have yet to experience these issues a feeling of comfort that there are many others who have gone through these same trials and difficulties.

In observance of this month, I wanted to highlight a product that not only looks great but also, for the month of October, will be giving part of their proceeds to this great cause.

This beyond darling sparkly silver headband I have on is called a Coco Band.
I have run with it ever since it arrived in my mailbox.
It keeps all those baby hairs and flyaways tucked back so wonderfully.
They are non slip headbands that are for running or every day use.

I have never been able to wear headbands because I have serious headache problem :)
But I can honestly say that I have been headache free with these comfortable cute headbands.
I have this THIS sparkly silver one as well as THIS hot pink sparkly one and I LOVE them.
I am also "oooowing" and "awwwing" over these adorable Mommy and Me headbands she sells!

You can find Coco Bands ETSY shop HERE as well as their Instagram account HERE.
From now until Sunday October 19th you can get 15% off your Coco Bands purchase with the code MRANDMRS .

A way to look cute and donate a little to a good cause :)

I know people experience the pain of loosing a pregnancy or a newborn child daily and my heart hurts for all of you.

 Life has had a few more sad days than we would like lately,
and one too many doctor appointments for the "not so happy reasons".

A sweet friend sent me this poem the other day and it brought tears to my eyes.
Exactly what I needed to hear.

It's so fitting for the awareness outlined this month.

"Daddy please don't look so sad,
Momma please don't cry.
Cause I'm in the arms of Jesus,
And he sings me lullabies.

Please try not to question God,
Don't think He is unkind.
Don't think he sent me to you
And then changed his mind.

You see I'm a special child,
I am needed up above.
I'm the special gift you gave Him,
A product of your love.

I'll always be there with you,
So watch the sky at night.
Look for the brightest star
And know that's my halo's brilliant light.

You'll see me in the morning frost
That mists your window pane.
That's me in the summer showers,
I'll be dancing in the rain.

When you feel a gentle breeze
from a gentle wind that blows.
Know that it is me
Planting a kiss upon your nose.

When you see a child playing
And your heart feels a tug,
Don't be sad mommy,
That's just me giving you a hug.

So daddy don't look so sad.
And momma please don't cry.
I'm in the arms of Jesus
And he sings me lullabies!"

For those sweet people who have been affected by this cause take comfort that you are never alone in the process.