Friday, May 25, 2018

Charlie's last day of Pre-K

I can't believe how far Mr. Charlie Beau has come since last summer when he was sooo nervous to go to school.  Turns out he had nothing to be nervous about at all.  He loved it from day one!  He had so much fun, made new friends and absolutely adored his teachers.  He has grown so much in the last nine months especially in his self confidence, I swear he is a completely different kid!  Somethings I'll always want to remember....  He loved checking the weather every morning to see what kind of clothes he should wear.  When he asked "How do I look?"  I always tried to remember to say "You look happy!" before I told him how handsome and good looking he is.  He wants to be a police officer.  He loves to wear Polos.  He (playfully) fought me every morning while I tried to do something with his bedhead.  He is so good at writing his name and I will forever cherish all the little love notes he left on my nightstand.  

We couldn't be more proud of him. What a great school year!
Love you, Charlie!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Vegas 2018

I wanted to share a few scenes from my trip to Las Vegas with my mom and sister.  We spent a long weekend there from Friday night to Monday night.  It was my sisters first time so we tried to pack in as much fun as would could during our short stay.  I quickly learned that I can't hang like I used to after only one night of drinking and that time changes are no joke.  We got in late Friday night and played tourists. Walking through a few hotels and riding the roller coaster at New York New York, then passed out.  Saturday we spent the day at the pool and then showered and headed out to walk the strip, get dinner and party!  We literally drank from sun up til sun down hopping from bar to bar. We ended up at a little piano/karaoke bar at Harras by the end of the night and had so much fun singing along with all the karaokers.  On Sunday we hung poolside again while I babied my hangover then we headed back further down the strip to pick up where we left off. And Monday we shopped til we dropped.  You know how casino's will pay for high rollers to stay at their hotel as long as they gamble?  Well, I feel like Kate Spade owes us another weekend in Vegas! Just saying.  After shopping we gambled.  I posted up at a Sex and the City slot and won $200 bucks.  Then we were off on a red eye back to Cleveland.  We had such a fun girls trip together. And I already can't wait to go back with them to do all the things we didn't get to do this time around!  We laughed the whole trip. Literally. So much fun!

Until next time, Vegas! XOXO

Friday, May 11, 2018

Eleven Months with Zac

Here we are, less than four weeks and I'll have a one year old!  This kid totally surprised me this month with how mobile he is.  He went from worlds slowest crawler to Speedy Gonzales, pulling up on everything, climbing on everything and is very close to walking on his own!

For me, this stage is the hardest.  I really haven't done much baby proofing around the house.   We have a raised hearth fireplace and an open stairway to the basement (with a makeshift gate that I don't trust) that give me tons of anxiety. Zac is literally all over the place and wants to do all the things.  It's so stressful!  Gone are the days when I could put him in his little rocker or set him up on the floor and not have to worry while I ran to the restroom for point two seconds.  The worst is when I come back and I can't find him because he's hiding under a table or he's behind the couch or he let himself out the front door and wondered to the neighbors house!  Seriously though, I keep telling myself it will get better once he's good at walking.  I think I'll worry less, maybe not though, who knows!

He now has three teeth!  One on the top and two on the bottom.  They all came in at the same time within a week so that was fun.  The other top one is about to come through soon too!  No more gummy smiles for this little dude!

Right now he is just having the time of his life.  His hair is on point.  He loves to dance. He wants to eat whatever we're eating.  He still loves the bath and our little pool we set up on our back porch.  The boys, especially Brad make him laugh the hardest.  He loves them so much!  And I'm just over here trying to soak in all that I can of his first year.  It's flying by but we're having a blast!

Love you, Zachery Duke!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Promoting Wellness with Wink Naturals

I'm always on the hunt for quality all natural products that promote wellness for my family.  When my friend Brooke reached out to see if I was interested in trying Wink Naturals I knew right away it would be a great fit.  I had heard of their products but hadn't tried them yet.  After sharing my concerns, mostly with Brad having extra sensitive skin and always sounding congested (not to mention him never wanting to sleep in his own bed at night) she recommended I try Llama Lotion and the Pure Sleep & Breath Chest Rub.

So happy I found these products!  Not only are they gentle on the skin, they're made with all natural ingredients and scented with essential oils (my favorite)!  The Llama lotion has helped Brad stop itching, especially at night when he does it in his sleep.  I've even been using it for my eczema patches on my ankles.  The eczema is not gone but it hasn't itched at all since I've been using it which in turn has made the areas look much less irritated!  We have been loving the chest rub as well.  It's quickly become an essential part of our bedtime routine as it helps him soothe & relax, rest and breath easy.  What I love most is that all their products are great for not only your babes but for the whole family! 

If you would like to try any of these products or have any questions, reach out to Brooke (@winkwithwarga) or head directly to The Wink Naturals website.  I hope you love these products as much as I do!

Happy Friday, Friends!  I'm signing off for a long weekend in Vegas!  Wish me luck:)

 *I received these featured products complimentary for review and promotional purposes.  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Mother's Day Roundup

Mother's day is less than a month away so I've rounded up some of my favorite floral goodies for all the (super)moms in our life!

I'm probably going to snag those tassel bracelets for myself because they're so stinkin' cute!  And that Rifle Paper Co. recipe tin is so pretty your mom will want to leave it out on the counter as decoration.  *Side note- If you haven't already, you should definitely ask your mom to pull together all her recipes along with any family recipes she has i.e. grandma's famous banana bread or Aunt Susan's delicious chicken noodle soup.  Get them all on recipe cards to keep and pass down to future generations!
I love that little Rae Dunn spring tray too. Anyone else obsessed with Rae Dunn right now!?  Gimme all the mugs.  If you happen to score one of her Mom or Grandma mugs they would make perfect Mother's day gifts filled with some small beauty products, jewelry or chocolate!

I'm going to try and be back Friday with another post since I missed last week so stay tuned my friends! XOXO 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Friday Favorites

It's Friday and finally starting to feel like spring! I can't wait to be outside with the boys today after work grilling, helping them fly their kites, practicing riding bikes and making s'mores over the fire. Ben and I have been on the hunt for these stupid specialty s'more maker sticks that the boys saw in the Giant Eagle add and we can't find them anywhere.  We've been to 3 GE stores (and counting) with no luck. So annoying, Giant Eagle! Don't advertise something you don't carry, Giant Eagle! Anyways, *eye roll*...
It's too bad the weather won't stay warm for much longer as it looks like it will be cold and rainy next week. Bla!
Before I sign off for the weekend I wanted to share some Friday Favorites that I have been obsessed with lately.  Hope you love them too!

If you missed it on my Instagram (@reederandco) I just have to mention it here too. We are loving our Turbobooster take along backless booster car seat c/o Graco. This thing has been a total game changer when it comes to traveling or switching cars.  It's lightweight, compact and comes with a storage/carrying bag.  It's crazy how far car seats have come even in the past 5 years since Charlie was born and at this price point it's a perfect option!
With Cinco De Mayo and summer right around the corner I've been craving Margarita's and Rosé which brings me to my most favorite drinks: Skinny Girl Margarita & (my new favorite) House Wine Rosé in a can- classy!  I'll be keeping my wine fridge stocked with both these this summer!!
I have recently been using this Eyelash Serum castor oil (On sale!) mixed with 10 drops of Lavender essential oil , added right into the bottle, every night before bed. I originally heard about this through my oily mama friends, they have been raving about it so I had to try. I'm on my third night and have already started to see thicker lashes!  I was so impressed that I put it on my eyebrows last night in hopes that I can get those babies to grow again too!  I will definitely do an update on this product after I've been using it for a week, two weeks, a month and so on but so far I love!
These s'mores popsicles are screaming our name.  Don't they look so delicious!?  I can't wait to make these with the boys, I know they'll love them!  

Have a great weekend, Friends!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Zac's 10 Month Update

Happy Friday! Hope everyone had the best Easter!  We had 3 of our 5 down with a nasty cold so we didn't get to party as hard as we would've liked.  No picture with the Easter bunny or egg hunt but we still had fun.  I swear the only time my kids get really sick is around the holidays.  Why is that!?
 I can't believe 10 months have gone by since Zac was born.  This month has been so fun as he's hit some big milestones and literally gets cuter by the second!
 Favorites: Babbling and laughing.  Being tickled.  Playing with things he's not allowed to have.  Being snuggled, rocked and sang to.  Chasing his brothers in his walker.  Food and snack time!  Baths and bath toys.  Pulling hair.

Milestones:  He started crawling this month.  He's still super slow at it but I can tell it won't be long before he's speeding around on all fours.  He also gives kisses when you ask for them!  This is hands down my favorite milestone of them all!  I probably ask him for a kiss 100x a day and those open mouth slobber kisses he leans in for will never get old!

Sleep:  Sleep is good.  He goes down at 7pm and is up at 6pm. He's teething right now so the past few nights he's woken up around midnight for a bottle and extra cuddles.  We also switched to the Aden + Anais cozy muslin sleeping bag which he absolutely loves!  The grey color we have is sold out but they still have pink and it's 25% off right now.

I found Brad and Charlie's 10 month photos and wanted to share.  They all look so much alike at this age but the resemblance between Zac and Brad is uncanny!

The most handsome little boys I've ever seen! 
Hope everyone has a great weekend! XOXO