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Monday, September 15, 2014

Festival Time & Fall Weather

We literally went from 100 degrees last weekend to 50's this weekend.
Saturday Lexi had her second soccer game and we were all bundled up for it!
Soccer is a learning thing.. there is a mix of 4 & 5 year olds 
and half of the girls have played before.. 
which makes it kinda interesting to watch! 
Lexi is still learning and I'm trying my hardest to be patient 
and not be the mom yelling from the sideline… trying
the competitiveness in me might be getting the best of me :)
I just try and make sure I tell her she's doing a good job after the game so she doesn't 
hate the sport before she actually gets the hang of it all! 
Soccer is a little more complex I think for them to grasp.. 
Dance was a bit easier for her to get the hang of.
After her game we headed home and then decided 
to head off to a Hot Air Balloon Festival
We bundled up again before we left 
but we were sweating to death an hour after we got there.
so we were peeling off the layers.. 
kinda glad because i'm not ready for it to be cold yet!
It was also the first time in a long time I actually got the camera out so it kinda felt nice!

We ended up going home and then headed back out there for the hot air balloon part
(they don't actually launch them.. they just have them all lit up and it's a pretty cool sight!)
We ate more fair food for dinner, listened to the band play, lexi got her face painted
and then watched the fireworks to end our night! 
oh and I forgot my camera at home so didn't get to capture all of that.. go figure 

Friday, September 12, 2014

trip back to Idaho

A couple of weeks ago we were able to go back to Idaho for Tyson's family reunion.
Every year for the past 5 years we have had it up at Bear Lake.. which borders Utah and Idaho.
The weather is always hit or miss but this year was the 
first time we didn't actually make it to the lake!
Kinda sad, but the day we were suppose to go we had hardcore winds and chilly temps!
The other days were nice and pretty just a little bit colder than what we are used to..
The kids luckily swam every day in the pool (warm or cold) 
we had one at the house we rent out so they didn't miss out anything!
Lexi loved being around all her cousins (there are 5 more just her age)

Our theme this year for the reunion was the Wild West
The kids had scavenger hunts, potato sack races, sidewalk chalk art, 
water balloon tosses, and cow pie throwing contest! 
Lexi's favorite part again was the scavenger hunt and swimming in the pool.
we had our family slideshow night and just enjoyed a good time spending it with his family! 
There's 50+ of them and somehow we have managed to find a house 
big enough that fits almost all of us in it! 

the day we left.. of course it was beautiful out! 
I couldn't talk Ty into staying to go to the "beach lake" though he was eager 
to go spend the rest of our 24 hours before we flew out in his hometown! :)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Tea Party & Over the Loom Back to School Giveaway!!

Before Preschool started back I wanted to make sure 
we checked one last thing off our summer to-do list!
It was to have a little tea party, just me and Lex!

We wore dresses, high heels, accesorised and felt all fancy!
 Dress: Over the Loom

 Her favorite part of our tea party was to pour the "tea" aka pink lemonade
It's kinda priceless when your little girl is giddy with excitement 
and repeatedly tells you how fun it all is!
It was our first of many tea parties and I hope she never stops being my little best friend! 
(all images taken via my iPhone)
my nikon has been sent off for repairs 
which is why I have no pictures to share lately :)

Over the Loom is giving away $50 shop credit 
to one lucky Pillow Thought reader!!
**Perfect timing for shopping for back to school outfits!!**

Friday, August 22, 2014

Picky Eaters #momproblems

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by NBTY through their partnership with Circle of Moms by POPSUGAR. 
While I was compensated by Circle of Moms by POPSUGAR to write a post about NatureSmart Vitamins, all opinions are my own.
Lexi hardly eats enough of the right foods to get the
correct amount of nutrition in her little growing body!
That's why I was super excited to partner up with NatureSmart.

Lexi loves the idea of having these as treats and it's
probably because she is limited to only two gummies a day.
They have Gummy Vitamins in Marvel Shapes and Gummy Vitamins in Disney Shapes

Surprisingly, Lexi likes the taste of the Gummy Vitamins in Marvel Shapes the best!
If you are a mom like me and are trying to figure out a strategy for picky eaters,
I would definitely keep these on hand!!
These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Disney Elements ©Disney,
Disney/Pixar Elements ©Disney/Pixar
Manufactured by NatureSmart, LLC
©MARVEL Manufactured by Rexall Sundown, Inc.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sleeping during Pregnancy

I have been reminded of all the odd pains that come along with pregnancy.
Lately it has been my tail bone, I have never experienced this one until this pregnancy.
It will ache like no bodies business and it makes me waddle like I'm 39 weeks pregnant.
kinda ridiculous.

Recently I learned that back sleeping causes the weight of your uterus to lie on the spine
and can also make your blood pressure drop, causing some expectant moms to experience dizziness.
On the other hand, in some moms-to-be it can make blood pressure go up.
Sleeping during pregnancy, isn't always a comfortable task.
BUT, I love that this pregnancy pillow helps you sleep on your side comfortably.
Especially when you have a 4 year old who creeps in your bed around 3 or 4am every morning...
who also likes to kick and pretty much lay whichever direction she wants to.

so I was sooo excited to get my bump nest in the mail and start using it!
It took me a couple of weeks to really start loving my pregnancy pillow,
mainly because I HATE firm pillows.. (I need them mushy and soft)
so after my husband stole my bump nest on more than a couple occasions
(knew I would have to fight him for this pillow)
He got the head portion all flattened out to my liking,
and I quickly stole it back, permanently.

One other plus to this pillow is, it's like a barrier from Lexi kicking me every night!
I need my space when I sleep and we have yet to win over the battle of her not coming
into our room in the middle of the night! No bribes have worked and I have gotten
way too lazy to walk her back to her room and fight that battle,
especially after I'm already asleep.
and while we are on this topic...
woaahh am I in for a rude wake up call when baby comes
I have been pretty spoiled in the sleep department for the past couple of years!!
pretty much every morning I'm always awake before she is

ALSO, a Blanket shop to note is: Saranoni
Seriously not lying when I say this blanket is quite possibly the softest blanket we own!!
It feels like heaven to lay with and its carried back and forth from our couch to our bed!
I also have some of their sweet muslin swaddles for when baby comes
that I cannot wait to use!!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Breast Pump Giveaway

The Ameda Purely Yours Double Electric Breast Pump will become my little life saver
after baby comes AND the  best part of all is that I get to give one away to one lucky reader!!

This Purely Yours CarryAll tote includes:

(1) Purely Yours Breast Pump 
(1) Dual HygieniKit Milk Collection System (without BPA and DEHP)
(1) Microfiber CarryAll Tote shoulder bag
(1) Cool‘N Carry Milk Storage Tote with 3 cooling elements
(1) Milk storage guidelines card
(6) 4 oz./120mL milk collection bottles with lock-tight sealing lids
(1) Instructions for use

This breast pump is super light weight and also has speed and suction controls to fit your needs!

I don't know about you other moms out there,
but breastfeeding never came easy for me!
My supply was far from great and I only lasted 4 months until I gave up.
I am determined to try different methods to get my supply going from the
beginning and make it last much longer than it did with Lexi!!
There are BIG benefits in it for baby and me!

If you are planning on breast feeding, you will most definitely need a pump
How else will you relieve engorgement? or stimulate a weak supply?
If you are pregnant or about to become pregnant in the future..
this giveaway is JUST FOR YOU!!

Also the pump is currently available at Target if you have United Health Care,
see more details here:

Learn more about Ameda

In other breastfeeding news:
Starting in 2013, the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare)
requires health insurance providers to cover pumps,
lactation consulting and other related equipment at no cost.
However, many plans are only covering manual pumps or specific kinds and prices.
Bottom line, call your insurance company to find out for sure.
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