Monday, March 24, 2014

Us - Everyday. Weeks 10 - 12.

Somewhere along the past couple of weeks, I completely fell off the 'Us-Everyday' posts.  Not sure what happened but today is going to be a catch up day.  :)  Sorry in advance for the amount of pictures!

Week 10:
Day 62:  Chase hanging out in his adorable soccer outfit from Uncle John & Aunt Megan.
Do we have a future soccer player??
(Mar 3)

Day 63:  We love playing Princess dress-up!
(Mar 4)

Day 64:  A fun letter play date at the library.
We learned all about the letter W!
(Mar 5)
Day 65:  They love being able to sit together in the shopping carts at Sam's Club!
(Mar 6)

Day 66:   A beautiful day for the park!
(Mar 7)

Day 67:  Today we celebrated our sweet friend's little boy, Vincent's 1st Birthday! 
Natalie LOVED the cake and ice cream!
The Birthday boy was super sweet and rocked Chase a little before we left.  The adorableness just melts my heart!!
(Mar 8)

Day 65:  I was surprised to find this sweet little bed crasher in our room when I went to bed this evening.  :)
(Mar 9)
Week 11:
   Day 66:  The perfect day for the Zoo!!! 
I think the entire city was there...on a Monday...oops, forgot it would be spring break.  :)
We had so much fun checking out all the animals, having a picnic lunch and riding the train!
(Mar 10)
Day 67:  Love my boys!  :)
(Mar 11)
Day 68:  Hanging out with my super cute little guy while Natalie hung out in the bath.
(Mar 12)
 Day 69:  It was a little windy out but a perfect temperature to have ice cream on the deck!
(Mar 13)
Day 70:  Natalie made a grab bag of supplies for the birds to make nests. 
Super cute idea to kick off Spring and she was so excited to help her bird friends!
(Mar 14)
Day 71:  My adorable niece, Caroline Elizabeth made her big debut around 11pm on the 14th so we went to meet her on Saturday morning.  It was awesome being able to snuggle and love on her!  Not to mention, check out her full head of hair in person!  :)
(Mar 15)
Day 72:  Celebrating my cousin's little girl, Olivia's birthday party at the local bounce house play place.  Natalie had the best time jumping and doing the obstacle courses!  She also loved showing off her skills to Matt since he hears a lot about our fun times here but has never been able to go with us.
(Mar 16)
Week 12:
We started our St Patrick's Day with green milk and cinnamon rolls with green icing.  Yum! 
Day 73:  Ready to go in our green attire.  :)
(Mar 17)
Day 74:  Yea!!!  We have our own copy of Frozen!!  :)
We may or may not have watched the movie ever day this week!  Love it!
(Mar 18)
Day 75:  Love her so much!
(Mar 19)
Day 76:  Chase is really enjoying the warmer weather especially when he can zip around the deck in his walker! 
 (Mar 20)
Day 77:  I started working on my Easter/Spring fabric banner.  I am loving the bright colors!
(Mar 21)
Day 78:  It may be 2 months away, but I have started planning my clothes for our trip to Mexico.
Can you tell I am excited?!?!  :)
(Mar 22)
Day 79:  This little dude LOVES baked beans!
(Mar 23)
Thanks for catching up with us!


Friday, March 21, 2014

5 on Friday - Spring Nail Polish Edition

It's official folks, Spring is here!  Or at least that is what the calendar says, too bad the weather hasn't gotten on board just yet.  It is working on it with 40-50 degree temps with a little teaser of 60-70 degrees here and there.  I personally can't wait for full-on SPRING weather!  In fact, I have officially moved on to Spring colors for my nail polish.  I kind of feel like I am being a rebel but frankly I need some fun, fresh colors in my life right now, and my nails are a perfect place to start.

Yesterday, while perusing the beauty section at Ross I found a sample pack of L.A. Colors Color Craze nail polish.  The pack had 7 bright, Spring colors for $5.99.  Sounds like a bargain to me.  :)  Since my nails absolutely refuse to hold nail polish more than 24 hours no matter what brand of polish I buy, I thought the price made the pack worth a try. 

Here are a few of the colors in the sample pack...

Fun, right? 

Oh, and I checked out their website but I couldn't track down the names of the colors and unfortunately, the names are not listed on the bottle.  Strange.

I also bought a couple new colors at the Gap Outlet.  I chose a mint green (Mojito Green) and Natalie picked a pink (color not on bottle).  Gap doesn't sell nail polish online so I can't provide that link either.

Since my purchases are unavailable to everyone (bummer, I know), I decided to check out OPI and China Glaze's website for some similar, fun colors for this week's 5 on Friday.  Have you ever been on their websites?  Super cool...
I am currently obsessed with mint green.  I know I may be a little late to this party but I love the freshness of the color and it feels very Spring to me.  I love the look of this minty color by China Glaze.  Its a little lighter than the mint I purchased from Gap and I love the more subtle hue.  I could definitely see purchasing this color in the future.

 Re-Fresh Mint by China Glaze
I also really liked this more blue/teal version of the mint green.

Metallic Muse by China Glaze
A nice, bright pink is also a necessity for the Spring.  There are a few ways to go with the pinks depending on the look you want.  A bright, cotton candy pink is sweet and classic or a more electric pink which adds a little spice! 
Laced Up by China Glaze

Rose Among Thorns by China Glaze
Coral is also a great Spring color.  Similar to a pink but with a more funky orange undertone.  So pretty and fresh!
High Hopes by China Glaze
Live.Love.Carnaval by OPI
A lilac is also a pretty option for Spring.  It is not as obvious or 'in your face' as some of the other colors for Spring but it still fun.  I like the sweet, girly vibe of all three shades of lilac below.
Sweet Hook by China Glaze
Light as Air by China Glaze
Do you Lilac It by OPI

Last but not least, I like a good neutral color.  I know white is pretty popular but I'm just not sure I could pull it off but I like the idea of it.  So I think these are two good options for an almost white.
Temptation Carnation has a light pink undertone but could compliment so many outfits and the silver is just a fun, funky color to wear.
Temptation Carnation by China Glaze
Platinum Silver by China Glaze
So what are your go-to colors for Spring and Summer?  What other color should I add to my rotation?

 Hope you all have a wonderful SPRING Friday!

Linking up with the sweet ladies at The Good LifeA. Liz Adventures.  Hello! Happiness. Carolina Charm for 5 on Friday!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Aquarium Fun

A few weeks ago we hit up the local aquarium with our play group.  We were very excited for the outing as the aquarium was closed to the public that day and we were getting a behind the scenes tour. 
The aquarium isn't huge and it part of a larger museum in town but Natalie loved seeing all the different animals and even petting a few!
First we checked out the large exhibit of turtles in the main museum space.  There were probably upwards of 50 turtles in the display!  It was pretty cool to see all the turtles swimming around up close.  

One of the coolest things about this museum is all the special mosaic art.  It gives the whole place a funky and cool vibe!  I insisted Natalie pose by this gorgeous pole.  :)  Doesn't she already have the look of appeasing her crazy picture taking mom?!?
Check out the floor in the background too.  So cool!

Of course we had to check out the turtles from above!

Trying to get a picture of Natalie and Chase together.  He was not letting go of his binky and she was definitely distracted by everything going on around us.  (They were doing some repair work and it was a little loud.)

Coloring while learning about some of the different animals they were going to see.

Oh you know, just a selfie with my Chase in the baby bjorn!  This is definitely something I know I will miss as he gets bigger. 

Checking out the snake exhibits.  I may have the only girl around that must see the snakes every time we go to the zoo!  She absolutely loves trying to find them in their display cases.  :)

They had a very cool exhibit that let the kiddos get "kissed" by the fish.  I was so proud of how brave she was to stick her little finger in there!  I tried it myself and got totally freaked out by how it felt!  :)  She thought it was the neatest thing and every time we walked by the exhibit she jumped up there to get more kisses. 

Side note, have you seen the Keeping Up With the Kardashian episode where they go to Greece and get the fish pedicure?!?  If we are being honest I thought Kim was being super dramatic about the experience but now I totally get it!  There is NO WAY I could stick my feet in water and let a bunch of little fish nibble on them.  Ewww!  It totally freaks me out just thinking about how it would feel now! 

Checking out the eels.  She told Matt all about how she saw Flotsam and Jetsam when we got home.  The Little Mermaid is definitely a favorite movie around our house!

The shark.

She insisted that I take her picture by the hippo statue.  :)

And also by the big fish so she could show her daddy.  I love when she wants to document our days to share with Matt when he gets home from work.

Petting the turtle.  Again I was super impressed that she jumped right up and wasn't afraid to check it out.

We had so much fun and can't wait to go back when Chase is a little older!  I definitely think the behind the scenes group tour was a great way to go as well.  Not only did we get the place to ourselves, we got to feed some of the animals as well.  I didn't get a picture, but I fed the sting rays and Natalie feed the ferrets.  (No, I have no idea how ferrets work into the aquarium exhibits!)  We also were able to see the guide feed an anteater, a huge lizard and a sloth. 

To top off the day, since we were close to Matt's work we were able to meet up with him for lunch!  I love seeing my honey in the middle of the work day and I know he enjoys the break with the kids.  :)