Saturday, March 31, 2012

Hailey Jo {9 months}

March 26, 2012

This is you at 9 months old:

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You are eating all sorts of "real" food, now and trying lots of things off of Mommy and Daddy's plates.

You love noodles.

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You love these:

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And these:

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Mommy loves these, too, because they dissolve easily and teach you how to chew and swallow without choking.

You still eat a fruit combo in the morning (with Oatmeal) and a vegetable/protein combo at night (with Rice cereal).

You usually have a yogurt as a snack after you wake up from your nap.

You are now eating about 6 oz of milk for daytime feedings and before bed.

You usually take at least one good nap a day.

You are so happy when we come to get you in the morning or after nap time.

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Your smile makes our hearts burst!!

You are still going to bed by about 9pm and sleeping until about 8am...on average. Sometimes you have an off night, but who doesn't.

You cried when we got your ears pierced, but not for long. You don't play with them or pull on them at all.

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You are still so vocal and are talking and screaming all the time.

You still put everything in your mouth.

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You have really started showing us your personality and react to us taking things away from you or saying No.

You love to try and get our keys and the TV remotes.

You are still drooling, but I feel not as much. It may be just because I am so used to it. Who knows.

You still go through about 3-4 bibs a day.

You are crawling!!


You are always moving and don't sit still anymore.

You are getting into crazy places now that you can move and crawl.

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 You are also pulling yourself up on things.

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You have started to really walk along things and from thing to thing.

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You still love your jumperoo, but lately you prefer being on the outside of it, instead of the inside.

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You don't like being restricted and not able to move. Go figure.

You love to try and walk with your musical walker.


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You still have deep, gray eyes.

Your hair is still growing and Mommy had to give you another bang trim.

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You are growing right on track, but are still our peanut.

You are wearing mostly 6-9 month, but some 12 month clothing and pajamas.

You love your puppies and think they are so hilarious!


Your giggle is the best thing in this entire world.

You are wearing size three diapers.

You have your two bottom middle teeth and now you have your two top middle teeth.

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You love to make funny faces.

You still don't care for your nuk at all. I can't even remember the last time you had it.

You love when we hold your hands and you stand up.

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You immediately start walking when we do this.

You still LOVE bath time and like to kick your feet and splash. You are still in the infant tub, but we will probably try it without soon. Mommy still gets nervous, so we will see.


You are so alert and people comment on it frequently.

You love cuddle time in the mornings with Daddy while watching cartoons.

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You are just the best thing that has ever happened to us and we love you more and more everyday.

We love you so much!

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Tag! You're It!

I love finding new blogs and making new friends.

I've been tagged by Momma B. Go check out her blog HERE!

I found her blog, not too long ago, then I found out she lives in Minnesota and is also a Legal Assistant, too. 

What a small world!

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The rules:
*Post these rules.
*Answer the 11 questions that the tagger posted for you.
*Create 11 questions of your own to ask the people that you're about to tag.
*Tag 11 people and link them with your post (and let them know they've been tagged!).

Here are the questions I received:

1. When did you start blogging?

March of 2010.

2. What made you start your blog?

My Husband and I had decided to start a family and I wanted to get my blog up and going before I was actually pregnant. I had some high school Facebook friends that were posting about their blogs with their family happenings and I thought it was a great idea. I'm a scrapbooker, but have fallen in love with blogging. It's so much easier, fast and cheaper!

P.S. I still scrapbook. I can't totally give it up.

3. What do you like to read about on other people's blogs?

Anything and everything to do with relationships, kids, products, fashion, celebrities, entertainment, etc. You name it, I'm interested.

4. Have you ever regretted anything you've blogged?

No. I try and keep my blog positive, so I try not to do ranting and raving posts.

5. What state/country are you from?

Minnesota!

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6. Where was the last place you went on vacation?

I took a mini-vacatin back in October for a long weekend down to Arkansas. My Great-Grandma lives down there and it was great for her to meet Hailey. I'm so glad we did, because now she has been in Hospice since the middle of February. Before that it was April of 2010 when i went with Green Grandma down to Florida for a week.

7. Would you go back?

Yes to both. I've been to Arkansas 2 times and to Florida a few times now to visit family and friends that live there.

8. Where's your favorite place to shop?

New York and Company and Maurices. Love everything at both of those stores!

9. What's your favorite nail polish?

Not huge into nail polish. I usually get my nails done at a salon. I guess OPI is my favorite.

10. Are you a 'pinner'?

Yes. You can find me HERE. Follow me and leave a comment with yours and I will follow you back!

11. Have you ever done anything you've pinned? Made a recipe/project/etc...

Not yet. I'm thinking I might for Hailey's 1st birthday though.

Now, here is who I am tagging!




Gabriella from Two Peeps and a Pooch

Kait at Mrs. DIY and the Tennis Guy

Andrea at The Funso Four

I enjoy reading all of these lovely lady blogs! Go check them out!

And here are your 11 questions:

1. What is your favorite vacation spot?
2. What is your occupation?
3. What is your favorite movie?
4. What is your favorite TV show?
5. What is your favorite sport to watch? Team?
6. What is your favorite music group?
7. What is your favorite scent?
8. Who is your guy celebrity crush?
9.  Who is your girl celebrity crush?
10. What is your favorite book and why?
11. What is one thing I haven't asked that you would like to tell us about yourself?

 I tried to keep the questions short and easy.
Hope you can play along!
Thanks to Momma B for the tag!

Mrs. Mama D

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Midweek Randoms {03.28.2012}

I didn't feel like linking up with anyone today, but a blog I follow does a Midweek Randoms post just about every week, so I think I might start doing that, too. Maybe not every Wednesday and maybe not every week even, but we'll see.

1. I am ub-sessed with this song by Carly Rae Jepsen and I like this video better than the actual music video. I like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, BTR and well, the list goes on and on, so I think that's why I love this video so much. I do love JB's new single "Boyfriend," but I cannot get myself passed this song yet. I have it on repeat. I know. Can you say dork?!


2. I am ub-sessed with my iPad...The New iPad, not iPad 3. I've had it for about a week and a half and am loving how convenient it really is. I didn't think I would like it as much as I do, but I find myself turning it on first thing when I come home. It's so much more convenient than our laptop. It was my early Bday gift from the Hubs (Thanks Honey!) Go watch the Apple video HERE!

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3. I love this little girl more than words and I love that the $10.00 Leapfrog Learn and Groove Musical Table that I got from Once Upon a Child worked when I finally put batteries in it. She is standing ALL THE TIME and loves it! So needless to say I got this just in time.

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4. I love so many things about this photo that my Hubby posted on Instagram. Yes, he finally signed up and you can follow him. His username is bigdradio

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This photo represents:

Grilling outside;
Great weather in Minnesota;
My Husband cooking and more importantly still sticking to his lifestyle change (not calling it a diet anymore); and
Grilling = no dirty pots/pans to clean up afterwards.

Yay!

5. I am so excited that two of my friends found out they are having girls! Yay for babies and yay for playmates for Hailey! My co-worker (now ex-coworker - she got a new and better job) brought us cupcakes a couple weeks ago to announce. They were delish!

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6. I love this picture and frame my Dad found for our 5 generation photo. I am not loving the reason he bought it. My Great-Great Grandma has been in Hospice since mid-February. I'm so thankful we got to visit her in October and she got to meet Hailey. It will be great to have this memory for her when she gets older.

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7. I love face-timing while I'm at work. I love seeing my loves during the day.

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8. I'm enjoying that everyone seems to be Team Peeta, but I am still Team Gale. You can have Peeta. I'll take Gale any day!

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I also love that the Hubs is now reading the books, too!

9. I'm super excited that Green Grandma is coming to visit in April for a week and a half. We haven't seen her (besides Skype) since she moved to AZ in October.

10. I've started watching Game of Thrones on HBO. Wayne and I are catching up on Season 1. S2 starts on Sunday. I really like it. Anybody else watching it?

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That's all for right now!

Mrs. Mama D

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Weekend Highlights: March 23 - 25, 2012


I had this post ready to go yesterday, but I had to get some pics off of my camera first.

So here is my weekend recap.


Friday, March 23, 2012

After work, I went home and cleaned our house. Wayne helped, too. We were having a friend's surprise birthday party at our house Sunday afternoon and I had plans to be gone all day Saturday, so I knew I had to get it done. I never clean on Friday nights, I usually leave it for Saturdays, but that might have to change.I liked not having to clean Saturday or Sunday (minus the few touch-ups right before the party).

Even though I usually like relaxing Friday nights after a long work week, I might have to start Friday nights as cleaning nights. That way I can have the rest of the weekend off.

When do you clean and why?

Wayne left for his gig and after getting Hailey to sleep, I went to bed. I was getting up to meet my Mom at the movie theater for Hunger Games the next morning. I was so excited!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

I dropped Hails off at my parents house and we went to the noon showing of The Hunger Games.

Did you see it? Did you like it?

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I was a little disappointed. There, I said it. Don't get me wrong, I loved it, and you will too, if you've read the books. If you didn't read the books, you won't get it. Plain and simple. I think most of my disappointment came from the lack of character development. I guess I just wanted more.

What did you think? 

After the movie we went back to my parents house and my Aunt Cindy and Gramma Sharon came over and we played train dominoes and ate foods. I stayed up way passed my bedtime and paid for it on Sunday.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Can you say crabby?

The Hubs had an appearance at the Mall of America, so he left me to pretty much get ready for the party all on my own. Needless to say, I was irritated + tired = one crabby Mama.

It ended up all working out. Everything was ready. People showed up. Birthday Boy showed up. We grilled, ate foods, sang Happy Birthday, ate cake and laughed. I met some new, cool people.

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Overall it was a busy, but great weekend!

What did you do?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Baby Toys

When Hailey was born, we registered and were gifted a Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumper at our baby shower.


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She didn't really start using it until about 4 months when she could really hold her head up and balance. Well, now that she's almost 9 months, she still likes playing with it, but she just rather be on the outside walking around it, instead the inside. Even though the seat swivels and she can reach everything on the play set, she doesn't like being restricted anymore. Go figure.

Don't get me wrong, she and us got our fair share of use out of it for the last 5 months or so, but now just like many baby items, she has out grown it so fast and now is more interested in other things.

Since she is standing most of the time now, I popped into Once Upon a Child last week to just look at some toy options for her. I got this LeapFrog Learn and Groove Musical Table for $7. I don't know if the sound actually works, yet ( I need to flip it over and put batteries in it), but even if it doesn't, it still keeps her entertained and for how cheap it was I just couldn't pass it up. They run $40+ brand new.

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What a deal, right? I'm sure in no time, she will be over this and onto the next thing anyway.

I also picked up an activity walker for $10. It kind of looks like this:

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I keep this one at my parents house, cause I bought a different (brand new) one at Target. I haven't opened the one from Target. It was about $26, which isn't horrible for brand new, but we will see. I just hate spending so much on these things, when I know that 2 months from now (or less), she will be over it and onto bigger and better things, right? I guess that just comes with the territory of having kids though. Thank god for garage sales, consignment shops and other places like Once Upon a Child.

There's always something to look forward to.

Mrs. Mama D

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Norwex Update!

If you don't know what Norwex is and want to learn more, read my post HERE!

Here is my Norwex update:

At Shelly's party on 2/20/2012, I ordered a few things. I just received them last week, so I haven't had much time to try out the new things, but this is what I ordered:

Tea Towel Set - olive green

I had gotten the Kitchen Cloth Set (pack of 3) from my party in January and love them, but the Tea Towel set, includes a hand towel AND one kitchen cloth AND they match. Not that I care so much about matching, but I can if I'm having people over.

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Dishwashing Liquid

Not only for dishes, but I heard this works great on stains, too. Any kind of stains. Since I just got it, I haven't had time to try it out yet, but I will be doing future posts about Norwex and what new products I like, etc.

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Sanira Toilet Brush System

I got one from my party in January for our upstairs bathroom, but I wanted one for the basement bathroom, too.

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Laundry Detergent

I got another bag. I got my first one back at the end of November and then just ran out of it in mid-February, so I did purchase some other detergent in the mean-time. But my Hubs told me to always keep an extra bag on hand, so I will probably be getting another one soon for back-up.

It did last me quite a long time. At least I think so.

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Silver Care Toothbrush

I got one for me back in November, but finally got one for the Hubs, too. He loves it. At least that's what he tells me. Ha.

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Odor Eliminator

I bought this hoping to use it like Febreeze. I haven't used it yet, cause I need to get a spray water bottle since it has to be diluted. I'm probably most excited to use this product.

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At Rachel's party on Saturday, I ordered the following:
  • Kitchen Scrub Cloth
  • Dish Cloth
  • Kitchen Cloth Set - 3 pack (yes, another 3 pack)
  • Sportzyme
  • Hand Towel (for the bathroom)
  • Carpet Stain Buster
If you want to go look up any of the products go HERE!

They have a great search tool that you can look up anything!

Let me know if you have any questions.

Email me at leah.danielson@gmail.com


Mrs. Mama D

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Weekend Highlights: March 16 - 18, 2012


 Yesterday was a busy day, so I didn't get this out, but here is our weekend recap:

Friday, March 16, 2012

After work, Wayne and I decided to go to Red Lobster for dinner. I had been wanting it for a couple weeks, so we went. It was yummy and wonderful and Hailey did great and tried a couple new things. 

We pretty much got home in just enough time for Hubs to change and leave for the night. I caught up on some blogs after getting Hailey to sleep and went to bed fairly early because I knew I had  to get up to be at my Mom's friend Rachel's house for a Norwex party! Yay!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

While Hubs worked all day, Hailey and I got up Saturday morning and headed to my Mom's friend, Rachel's house for a Norwex party. If you don't know what Norwex is and want to learn more, read my post HERE! I will be doing an updated Norwex post in the next day or so!

Hailey was spending the night at my parents house (because we were having a date night), so after the Norwex party I dropped her off at my parents house. I then went to Costco and did my weekly shopping, stopped at our fave baker and ordered a birthday cake for next week, and got home and unpacked everything in just enough time for the Hubs to get off work.

Let our date night begin! We went to my fave nail salon and got pedicures. We then had dinner at Crave (West End). We had planned on seeing 21 Jumpstreet, but ended up seeing Safe House.

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I'm glad we did, because it was great. Both of us really loved it. We then went home, hung out and went to bed. I wanted to make sure I took advantage of not having to get up, so I wanted to make sure I got some good sleep. And I did. It was wonderful!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

We had planned all week to get up, go pick up Hailey and then head to the Mall of America for a family fun day of shopping. Boy did we have a great day! I got a new GUESS purse, Wayne got a new pair of Oakley sunglasses, Hailey got her ears pierced...AND we got the new IPAD!! It was quite the eventful trip. We spent from about 12:30p - 4:30p walking around. It was long, but fun.

The IPAD is my birthday present this year (a month early). I love that he spoils me!

After we got home, I did some cleaning, TV watching and IPAD playing, while Wayne went over to Adam's house to watch the Walking Dead Season 2 finale. He was disappointed by the finale, but when Season 2 comes out, we are going to watch it again together, since I have to get caught up before season 3.

It was such a great weekend!!! How was yours?

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Nail Files & 5QF {03.16.2012}

I'm linking up with Tara for Nail Files.

I got mine done on Tuesday night. I was so thankful for the Hubs that he picked up the Babe for me after work, so I could get them done. They were in desperate need of some TLC!

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It is Strawberry Smoothie from CND Shellac. It is a little lighter than what I was expecting, but it grew on me and I have gotten so many compliments on it.

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I'm also linking up with Mama M for Five Question Friday!

1. Will you run to the store or to pick up a kid looking a mess?

I try not to as best as I can, but sometimes yes, I think you just don't have a choice or the time to get all primped. I always put my hair up though. I think that helps a ton!

2. Do you finish a book if it's boring or you don't like it?

No. There are too many books in the world to waste your time reading something you're not into. Why do that to yourself.

3. Beach or mountain vacations?

Beach. All the way. I will pick the beach over anything any day.

4. What thing/event says "winter will end and spring is right around the corner" to you?

I always think of DST as a transition from winter to spring, but in Minnesota, you never really know for sure.

5. Would you prefer couples or family vacation?

It depends on where we are going and really depends on how I'm feeling. My Hubs and I are trying to plan something just the 2 of us for some time next winter...a cruise or something of the sort, but at some point we would like to take Hailey to Disney World or Disneyland. So I think it just depends.

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Go link  up with these lovely ladies and let me know how your week went!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Target Tuesday {03.13.2012}

Linking up with Tara for Target Tuesday.

Today I am featuring five kitchen related items that are on my need-list.


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I never know where to keep bananas. They are usually just sitting on the counter taking up space and getting in the way. Also, Wayne does not like to keep the apples in the fridge and right now I have them sitting in a bowl on our kitchen table. This would be nice to have for both apples and bananas.


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I've always wanted a nice punch bowl and with Hailey's baptism and first birthday coming up, it might be the perfect time to get one.


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I've always wanted one of these, too, even though I don't bake very much right now. As Hailey gets older though I can see us baking more often for different occasions.


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Right now I do not have anywhere to display my 8 wine glasses. That might change somewhere down the road, but for now this would work great. I'm not sure if this specific one would fit my glasses, but something of this sort would be wonderful.


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We have a dark brown (chocolate) colored table. I like the way these look for special occasions. Definitely something different. 

Anything on your Target list?


Mrs. Mama D