SMART Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar

Oh hey there.  Before we delve into the food part of this post (hello, Detour’s newest flavor: SMART Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar!), let’s talk baby William for a second.

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And his cuteness.  Rather, his “I take an hour to go to bed.”  Seriously.  Almost every night.  We have our bedtime routine.  I change him into a clean diaper and fresh pajamas, we sing songs, I give him a baby massage, we read books, he nurses, and he almost falls asleep.  When he’s still a little bit awake, I put him in his crib (per the doctor’s recommendation), but then he wakes back up and is WIDE AWAKE!  Like, smiling, laughing, kicking, and squealing.  So I think, maybe he wants to play again.  So we play.  Then he gets super cranky and needs to be rocked to sleep.  So I rock.  He’s almost sleeping, I put him down, and the same thing happens!

I’ve tried to just literally rock him to sleep, and that sometimes helps, but sometimes when he’s wide awake, he just won’t go to sleep.  Soooooo…. how do I remedy this?

(This doesn’t happen for naps, just bedtime.)

While you think of your answer, let’s talk food.  Today is WIAW so I’m linking up with Peas and Crayons.  Be sure to check out all the other great food posts for meal inspiration!

Breakfast: I have been on an egg kick, but yesterday morning I was in the mood to switch it up a bit, so I went with overnight oats.

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Overnight oats are the best.  Especially because you don’t really have to make them the night before.  Sometimes I do, but other times I make them the morning of and let them soak for thirty minutes, and they’re just as good.  Tomorrow I’ve got a big post coming with tons of overnight oats recipes, so stay tuned!

Lunch: spinach salad with salmon, cranberries, sunflower seeds, parmesan, and a drizzle of balsamic.

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So good.

Dinner: Blake’s Old Fashioned Mac & Cheese – can’t ever go wrong with mac & cheese, especially as the weather gets cooler!

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Recycled photo, but looked the same!

Snack: Detour’s SMART Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar

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I’ve raved and raved and raved about Detour countless times before, and they’ve done it again!  Peanut Butter Chocolate is their newest flavor for their SMART bars.  One thing I love about Detour’s SMART bars is that they’re not coated in chocolate as so many other protein bars are. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much out of this bar because I thought it would be covered in chocolate, but I agreed to give it a shot when they emailed asking for a review because, let’s be real, peanut butter chocolate is a pretty stellar combination mostly all the time.  I opened a bar and…

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Itz not coated in chocolate – AWESOME!  I was so happy to see that; there are just little chocolate bits mixed in to the bar, peanut butter flavor throughout, and a Greek style yogurt drizzle on top.  Faaaaantastic!  I’ve posted these stats before, but a quick overview on the highlights of the SMART bar:

  • made with all natural ingredients and whey protein
  • gluten-free
  • 130 calories
  • 3 grams of fiber
  • 11 grams of protein

Well done, Detour.  What do you think, William?

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I was falling asleep two seconds ago…. and now I’m WIDE AWAKE!

Good thing he’s cute! ;-)

Do you prefer chocolate covered protein bars or not?

Moms: Bedtime tips?!

weekend

Linking up with Healthy Diva for Marvelous in my Monday!  

Don’t laugh at my crazy creative post title today. ;-)  I had nothing better and my post is all about my weekend, so it’ll do!  Work with me here, people.

First, I have to show you this über adorable picture of William from Friday when he turned six months old:

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Cutie pie happy baby!

After work on Friday, I picked up William and my three-year old niece, Audrey.  Audrey would be sleeping over which is always so much fun.  She “helps” take care of William, but she actually really does!  Seriously, she’s the most responsible three-year old I know.  Well, in terms of taking care of babies anyway.  She kept telling William, “I love you sooooooooooo much!”

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“Can I give him a great big hug?” she must have asked me a hundred times.  

“I’m so, so, so proud of you!” she told him when he did something by himself.  

“He’s happy to see you!  Aren’t you, Baby William? You’re happy to see your momma!” she would say.

William decided not to go to sleep until nine o’clock on Friday and Audrey stayed up until ten!  When William was getting fussy and wouldn’t go down, she told me to “wrap him up!”  Audrey was holding out to make muffins like we always do when she comes to my house.  I kept telling her we could make them in the morning, but that didn’t work.  We baked muffins at nine o’clock at night; she struggled to stay awake while they baked, but she did.  And promptly fell asleep the second after she finished the last bite.

On Saturday, after breakfast, baking cookies, and lots of playtime, we ventured to the grocery store for a few items.  We got home in time to play some more before a quick nap, and then my brother-in-law Phil picked up Audrey.  I told her she could move in with us.

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I think she would like that.  William would, too.  And they’re both wearing blue so they could “match.”  You better believe I wore blue, as well.

On Saturday night, I went to Sweetology with my moms group.  The place is so cute; it’s a DIY cake/cookie/cupcake decorating place.  I didn’t take any pictures because my cupcakes and cookies didn’t quiiiiite turn out how I had anticipated.  But that was due to lack of creativity on my part.  They tasted good which was all that mattered.

William was left with the boys to cheer on the Cardinals.

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Don’t worry… Audrey was there, too.  She’s the one who I gave instructions to. #notkidding

Sunday was a day of productivity. I got a lot done, which always feels good, and then ended the evening at my parents’ house.  Another time for all the cousins to get together.

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Audrey was pouting since she didn’t get to hold her baby William.

I mean, just look at this little man:

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Love.

What did you do over the weekend?

6 month old baby William

Today we have a 6 month old baby William!  Time is FLYING.  How do I have a six month old baby already?  Itz been six months since I was pregnant?  Six months of daily changes and smiles and growing bigger by the day?  Six wonderfully happy months.

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Height & Weight: I’ll update you when he goes in for his six month appointment.  My guess is between 16-17 pounds.

Eating: (Drinking?)  William is still exclusively breastfeeding.  When we have his next doctor appointment, we will begin starting food.  I’m in no rush.  He’s growing nicely, and breastfeeding has become easy (never thought I’d say that!) and convenient.

Sleeping (naps): William takes a nap every couple of hours.  Sometimes, itz two hours on the dot, other times itz a bit longer in between.  His naps still last between thirty and sixty minutes, and he still needs and loves to be swaddled or in his Halo sleep sack. <– same as last month minus the swaddling.  He still wears his sleep sack, but we’ve not been swaddling his arms in.

Sleeping (at night): Sleep has gotten better since last month! (Let’s be real, it couldn’t have gotten any worse!)  Now that he’s rolling over more and his arms aren’t swaddled, he’s been sleeping more on his side.  Eventually, I think he’ll get to his tummy which will hopefully have him sleeping even better.  All in good time.  He’s nursing just a couple times during the night, too, and sometimes just needs a binky put back in.

Clothing: Mostly all six month stuff.  Brands run differently, so he is still able to fit in some 3-6 month things and wear some 6-9 month items.

New this month: WILLIAM CUT HIS FIRST TOOTH!  He’s been a champ about it, and hopefully that will continue.  If his growing teeth start bothering him a lot, I plan on getting him one of those amber necklaces to try.  (Anyone have experience with them?)  Everything goes in his mouth, and he’s become even more drooly.  Audrey keeps telling everyone that William has a “loose tooth!” lol.

He’s also gotten very good at rolling over from his back to his belly!  William now laughs constantly in addition to his smiles.  He even scoots for items which is crazy to think he’s on his way to crawling. When he’s on his belly, he digs his toes in, sticks his butt up in the air, and lurches forward.  He’ll be moving in no time!

William’s hair is growing so much.  I don’t really realize it until I look back at pictures.

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five months

William likes: William likes everything and everyone.  He’s really the happiest baby. For a binky, he loves his wubanub and that type of pacifier; he really won’t take anything else.  He also loves gnawing on it and his Sophie giraffe.  He likes to grab everything and always reaches for toys.  William loves to be wrapped up and go on walks or be outdoors.  He loves watching what’s going on; he’s very observant.  He’s like his momma – he never wants to miss a thing!

William dislikes: There’s really not much he doesn’t like.  I constantly get asked if he’s really as happy as all his pictures show, and the answer is yes.  Best baby ever.

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Mommas: when did your baby cut his/her first tooth? Start crawling?

Thursday Thoughts

Hi! It’ll be short and sweet today with just a few random things for Thursday Thoughts. I don’t want to jinx myself, but I might, I just might be blogging all five days this week!  (That’s an accomplishment as of late.) Today was iffy, but I decided to bust out this post last night.

William and I went with my best friend Diana to this outdoor Sukkot service last night, hence the reason I wasn’t sure if I’d get to blog for today or not.  There was good music, great weather, and tasty food from food trucks!  I wanted a picture of me and William, but since it was dark we needed the flash, and the little baby couldn’t keep his eyes open for it.  We tried several times and this is the best we got:

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Eyes open or closed, always a cutie!  Babywearing for the win, once again!

Earlier in the evening, I took William out and put him on the ground to let him kick around for a little while I ate my dinner.  I spread out my Monkey Mat and put a blanket on top since it was cool out, and it was just perfect for William!

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I actually reviewed Monkey Mat over two years ago through a FitFluential campaign.  I took it on a family vacation to Mexico and it was great to spread out on the beach.  Each corner is weighted, so it stays put.  It is even more perfect for a baby because it folds up so small to throw in the diaper bag.  Babies require a ton of stuff, so anything that’s a space saver is helpful!

Through my partnership with Influenster, I received a great package from Victoria’s Secret.  They sent me a pair of the Knockout Tights and the Incredible Sport Bra:

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  • Knockout Tights: LOVE LOVE LOVE these! They are from their sport line, but I’ve been wearing them as leggings.  They’re thick enough where I don’t have to wear a long shirt to cover my bum.  I’ve taken walks in them (the extent of my workouts these days), and they definitely stay in place.  Even though they’re supposed to be fitness pants, I’ve really been digging them more as a fashion piece.  Leggings are the most comfortable things ever, so I’ve been wearing these a lot lately.  They’re going to get a lot more use, too, since itz boot weather now!
  • Incredible Sport Bra: I was way off with my size, so I had to take this back to the store and exchange it.  When I was fitted, I was…. shocked….. to hear my size.  I know I’m a nursing momma, but still woah.  And no, I’m not sharing that right now.  Anyway, I’ve never been fitted at VS before, and the lady was SO nice and helpful.  This bra has an adjustable clasp in the back as you can see in the picture.  This is the only feature that I actually don’t love because I think it’s a pain to have to put the bra on over your head and then do the clasp behind your back. When I asked the associate about it, she said it’s because after awhile if the bra stretches out, you can make it tighter for longer wear.  Mine obviously hasn’t stretched out yet since it’s so new, but I guess that makes sense.  I do feel like the bra is incredibly supportive and I picked out the black and gray color though there were many more options.  I felt like this would go with any of my workout tops (and matching your workout gear is definitely important!). :)

Last item on the docket today is Water Wipes.  I’ve professed my love for these wipes many times before, but I’ve got to mention them again.  Six months later, and they’re still the only wipes I’ll allow on William’s little bottom.  They’re the purest baby wipe in the world, made up of 99.9% water and 0.1% fruit extract.  Also, they come in regular size packs, but also small packs with ten wipes.  I throw these smaller packs in every bag I own, especially when I don’t want to take a large pack.  I had Audrey help William model with the Water Wipes:

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What do you want to share today? Tell me about a new product you’re loving!

eating on the weekend vs. the week day

How ’bout them Cards?!?!  Always an exciting post season with them and this year is no different!  We bleed red in St. Louis and the whole town goes crazy this time of year.  Itz no secret that we are the best fans in baseball, and for good reason, too!  And how ’bout this little guy?

william cardinals

Oh yes, baby.

Alright, so itz Wednesday which means itz WIAW over at Peas and Crayons.   This week’s topic is eating on the weekend vs. the week day.  Do you eat differently?  I do, for sure.  Last week’s WIAW was a pretty accurate picture of my week day meals.  Fast and easy and sometimes unphotographed.  On the weekend, I have much more time to actually prepare some food.  When that happens, it sets me up nicely for the week, too, so itz not just PB&J everyday for lunch.

Breakfast is the one meal that I actually do take time to prepare each day, weekends and week days alike.  I need breakfast.  And itz not called the most important meal of the day for nothin’!  But really, I need to have a substantial breakfast, and cooking a couple eggs in the morning takes no time.  I’ve still been loving my egg-sandwiches.

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I cook two eggs in coconut oil, toast an English muffin, and spread jam all over for my eggwich.  Over the weekend, I bought a package of  Thomas’ Light Multi-Grain English muffins to switch things up, and I’m very impressed!  These guys pack in 100 calories, 5 grams of protein, and 8 grams of fiber!  Way better than regular bread!

On Sunday I made Buffalo Chicken Soup.  I followed the recipe, and added in corn and quinoa.  Then, I topped it with blue cheese crumbles, and made a batch of corn muffins for the side.  Absolutely delicious.

buffalo chicken soup

It made a huge batch, so I’ve actually been taking it to school for lunch this week.  Since I pump during lunch, I don’t have time to heat it up.  I eat it cold on top of shredded lettuce and plain Greek yogurt mixed in.  It turns out not to be soup anymore, but it’s still really good, light, spicy, and very filling.

Jonny made this Crock Pot Lasagna that we’ve been loving lately.  That, too, made a large amount, so our fridge has been nicely stocked this week!

lasagna

The lasagna is super simple to make and is made with whole wheat noodles, cottage cheese, turkey meat, a little mozzarella, spinach, and red sauce.

Itz really amazing how far a little food prep goes for the week.  This was the first time I’d cooked in quite some time, and it felt good.  I do love cooking, but it has definitely taken a backseat among all the craziness lately.

There’s been no shortage of dessert; I just haven’t been taking pictures of all the sweets I’ve been eating.  Most recently itz been cream cheese brownies with triple berry jam baked in.  Mmm.

How about you? Do you eat differently on the weekends compared to the week days?

5 Fall Favorites

Hi!  Since Fall is officially here, I’m sharing my 5 Fall Favorites.

1.  Outdoor walks.

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You all know by know that I love, love, love taking walks outdoors (especially while babywearing William!).  While itz great when the temperature is warm, itz not so great almost sweating to death.  Plus, babywearing adds an extra layer of hotness, so since fall brings cooler temperatures, William and I are both loving that.

2.  Apple orchards and pumpkin patches.

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We already went apple picking once, and now we’ve got to make it to the pumpkin patch.  And you better believe I’ll take the obligatory “baby sitting with pumpkins” picture!  (Or, more than likely, SCP will take that picture… haha)

3.  Eating and drinking pumpkin.

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pumpkin pie oatmeal

Now, I’m not one of those people who live and breathe everything OMGPUMPKIN during this time of year.  However, I definitely do enjoy the taste and getting creative with recipes (pumpkin pie smoothie), or indulging in classic favorites like pumpkin pie or a pumpkin spice latte.

4.  Wearing boots and oversized sweaters.

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I couldn’t find a picture of me in boots and oversized sweaters, but rest assured, I do wear/live in them when the colder weather comes.  Instead, you get to see Wiliam in his oversized too big sweater.  I should get him some boots.  How cute would that be?!

Random question: Has anybody ever heard of or used Raise.com?  Apparently itz a marketplace to buy and sell gift cards at discounted rates.  Maybe I should look to snap some to go shopping for some new fall essentials.  My wardrobe could definitely use a makeover.  And William can always use new clothes… :)

5. Cardinal Nation!  Let’s face it: this is a fall favorite since the Cardinals are always in the playoffs!  Last night Jason, Phil, Steph, & I brought home a winner!  #PostSeason

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Best fans in the history of baseball – GO CARDS!

What’s on your 5 Fall Favorites list?

Fall Arrived in St. Louis

Well, fall has officially arrived.  Even though it really came two weeks ago, cooler (COLD) temperatures hit St. Louis over the weekend.  We’re talking temps in the forties.  Friday was when it dropped, and over the night our house went down to sixty-seven degrees. Brr! I turned the heat on for Saturday night because I didn’t want William to be cold.  And then on Sunday it was seventy degrees.  Hello, St. Louis!

I went to my sister’s house on Friday right after school as we were all planning to go watch my nephew Jacob play in his soccer game.  This was last minute, so I didn’t have warm enough clothes for William.  Luckily Stephanie saved everything from Jacob, and had the cutest things ever, so William was taken care of.

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Bundled up and adorable as ever.

Note: That Indiana hat is from when my little brother Justin graduated from college.  We’re not really Hoosier fans! ;-) Mizzou and Miami all the way over here!

For the record, Jacob’s team won 10-3 and he scored four goals.  Stud.

When we got home, I put William on his changing table for a clean diaper and pajamas.  His hat hair, giggles, and feet grabbing were cracking me up.

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Yes, that’s a Burberry sweater he’s wearing.  I told you Stephanie had the best clothes for Jacob!  They only get better as he got older, too.  William is a lucky dude!

Saturday was Yom Kippur.  Yom Kippur is always ten days after Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and is the Day of Atonement.  Most Jewish people fast to repent for their sins, but that didn’t happen for this breastfeeding momma or hungry baby (obviously).  We did, however, attend children’s services.  William loved looking all around and listening to the music!

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Stephanie got William this gorgeous sweater from Yellow House Knits. Warm & cozy!

My nephew Jackson joined us at services with my brother Jason.

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We had time to take photos before since we had the time wrong and arrived thirty minutes early.  Better than late as we usually are, I suppose.

Steph’s family had gone to temple earlier in the day.

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Nice, fall clothes for temple.

Following services, we went to Stephanie’s house for break the fast (dinner).  She had quite a spread, and nobody went hungry.  As always, it was marvelous to spend time with my family.  Linking up with Healthy Diva for Marvelous in my Monday!

Audrey, my mini-me, was more than happy that we joined them for dinner.  Apparently she let out an excited shriek when we pulled up to their house. I wanted to wrap William at one point in the evening, so I asked Audrey if she wanted to come to the car with me to get the wrap.  Of course she said yes since she’s always attached to my hip which I love.  I asked her if she wanted me to carry her or if she wanted to find shoes to wear.  She found her brown boots to wear… just like Lindsay!  Haha.

Anyway, so once I got William wrapped up… Audrey needed to wrap her baby!

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We love babywearing!

Audrey wouldn’t let Stephanie wrap her baby – only me!  Then, when it was time to put William in his pajamas, she found matching ones to wear.  And by matching, I mean both kiddies had white on their footed sleepers.  Too cute.  I love them.

What did you do this weekend?  Does it feel like fall where you live?

cute snapshots

With a title of “cute snapshots,” you just know what this post will include: lots and lots and lots of baby William.  Five pictures of pure adorableness which is why I’m linking up with Clare’s Five Things Friday.  Let’s get started.

Here’s the picture I promised you of William in the apple orchard.

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photo taken by the one and only Stephanie Cotta Photography

It was William’s first time apple picking and his first Rosh Hashanah.  Definitely a special day, and, like always, he’s was a happy guy!

On Monday, Audrey Rose turned three years old, so all of us went over to celebrate.  I love, love, love that these cousins get to grow up with each other.

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They’re just the best of friends.

William still hasn’t figured out this whole sleeping thing.  Ever since he hit the four month sleep regression, he’s never gone back to being a good sleeper.  Not only is he still waking up every couple of hours throughout the night, but he’s taking a lot longer to get to sleep, too.  I put him down when he’s drowsy, almost asleep, like I’m “supposed” to, but then he wakes back up and wants to play!

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And it’s hard to resist that face, those cheeks, those eyes, and that smile!

Stephanie watched William all day earlier this week, so when I got off work, I went over to return the favor as she left for a photo shoot.  William and I are always happy to hang out with Jacob and Audrey!

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Tummy time for the cousins!

Last night as I gave William a bath, I couldn’t help but whip out my camera (aka phone) as he just looked so darn cute in the tub (aka sink).

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How amazing are those rolls and that belly and that smile and that face?  I just love him!

That’s all the cuteness for today.  Go have a wonderful Friday and weekend! xo

toes for dinner

Hi, how about a WIAW post with Peas and Crayons on the first day of October?  Yeah?  Great, well let’s get right to it!

Apparently Monday was National Coffee Day, so I made sure to participate with this cute mug I found in our teacher’s lounge at school.

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It was actually delicious Coffe-mate Peppermint Mocha creamer with a splash of coffee. I don’t have coffee regularly, but when I do, flavored creamer is a must.

Breakfast was a typical egg sandwich, though I spread guacamole on it instead of my usual jelly.  Can’t ever go wrong with anything avocado…

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With a side of fresh strawberries.

Since I’ve been pressed for time this week, lunches have been peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with cinnamon.  (Eaten while pumping explains the terrible picture.)

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I’ve also been digging Musselman’s applesauce.  I won a giveaway from Annette, and these big cups have been great for a side.

As much as I love PB&J’s, they just don’t have the staying power as a more substantial meal and I end up eating a million snacks.  I’ve been busy running around, so I didn’t photograph any, but snacks yesterday included a KIND bar, an apple, a kiwi, cheeze-its, turkey slices, and chips with cheese sauce.  My sister Stephanie watched baby William yesterday, and then I watched her kids for little bit after school, so then I snacked my way through dinner at their house, too.

I did enjoy a cupcake and ice cream for dessert with Jacob and Audrey.  I let them scoop their own ice cream out of the big container and they thought I was the coolest person ever. #dessertwithlinzforthewin

Since I didn’t take any pictures of food for dinner or dessert, I thought I’d show you what William had instead.

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Toesies!  William has been very into his feet lately, and recently they’ve found their way to his mouth.  He was cracking me up last night as he was literally sucking on his toes! Nom nom nom.

What kind of coffee drinker are you? Milk, flavored creamers, black?

10 Inspirational Quotes

Thank you for your kind words yesterday.

Words are powerful.  They have the power to lift you up, or bring you down.  They have the power to put you in a good mood, or put you in a bad mood.  They have the power to hurt you, or make you feel loved.  They have the power to have a positive outlook, or a negative outlook.  Recently I was browsing Pinterest and found 10 inspirational quotes that spoke to me.

Click the images for source and/or to pin.

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staying positive…. always

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keep believing

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a good heart – so important 

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i’m ready, baby!

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a good reminder

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from my friend, danielle. william is my something good!

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true that

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yes yes yes

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someday

And not a Pinterest find, but my favorite one yet is this last one.  My parents have this canvas hanging in their house at Innsbrook, and itz the best reminder of the importance of family.

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family rules… with a side of baby william

What’s your favorite inspirational quote?