Faux Shiplap Kitchen Island

When we decided to panel the island I thought we would be super organized and get it done quick since we had already done Waylen’s room. (You can check that project out HERE.) Now we actually did finish it quickly but OH MY GOSH did we make the stupidest mistakes along the way. First, we took Chappy car (TWICE) to Lowes instead of my truck to get the wood. Like how dumb can we be???? Ha 

We had decided to prep the wood the weekend before so we bought it, had lowes cut it down to size, and then I painted it with two coats of white. For this project we purchased two sheets of birch plywood and wanted them to be 6 and 3/4″ strips. Key word .. wanted .. 

Sounds good enough right? Wrong… Chappy had them cut the strips to the wrong size soo alllllllllll that prep work went out the door when we had to go buy new wood. Ha Luckily we will eventually be shiplapping the powder room and we can use the wood in there so it’s not a complete loss. 

(Note: we didn’t haveeeee to get new wood but we planned the size so we wouldn’t have to cut around our countertop supports so it would be an easier fit.) 

I was not about to lose another weekend prepping wood so once we got the new pieces we just dove right in and started putting it up instead of painting it first. 

We started at the top and worked our way down making sure to cut the corner piece edges at 45 degree angles.


We used wood glue and a few nails to hold everything in place and had to insert two outlet extenders. (Remember to cut the power first!) After all the wood was up we sanded the corners so they wouldn’t be so sharp, painted it white, and then caulked the top, bottom, and sides.



We did the entire project over the weekend while Waylen slept! If we didn’t have an adorable babe to entertain we definitely could have knocked the entire project out in one day it was really that quick! 

Before: 


After:

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Baby Led Weaning: 3 Months In 

The difference between how Waylen ate at 6 months versus now is seriously insane! I was amazed at how coordinated he was then but now it’s an entirely different story. He now uses his pincher grapse, he’s SO good at chewing everything, he rarely misses his mouth, and has even started opening his hand to get food out. I used to only know he actually got any food because it would speckle his poop (seriously ha) but now he bites off huge chunks, and chews them right up! 

Here’s a list of the foods we’ve tried so far: 

  1. Broccoli 
  2. Sweet potato 
  3. Avocado 
  4. Zucchini 
  5. Carrots 
  6. Greek Yogurt 
  7. Eggs 
  8. Squash 
  9. Spinach 
  10. Hummus 
  11. Mahi Mahi 
  12. Raspberries
  13. Watermelon 
  14. Banana 
  15. Cauliflower
  16. Peanut butter
  17. Mango
  18. Pears 
  19. Cheese (feta, goat, Cheddar, motzerella, provolone)
  20. Tomatoes 
  21. Apples 
  22. Shallot
  23. Ground beef
  24. Pasta 
  25. Bell pepper
  26. Onion
  27. Turkey
  28. Strawberries
  29. Pumpkin 
  30. Coconut 
  31. Oats 
  32. Flaxseed
  33. Kale
  34. White bean 
  35. Pineapple 
  36. Almond butter 
  37. Orange 

We are now at the stage where I will offer him some of my meal when we are out to eat. He LOVED everything from the Greek Festival in San Diego. Spanakopita, pastitsio, he scarfed it all down. Clearly he’s a Greek baby! He also regularly eats veggie noodles with homemade sauce, egg muffins, meatballs, snowballs, and protein waffles. We still make his food semi separately from ours because we don’t add any salt to his. ( I’m horrible and add WAY too much salt to mine.) No salt doesn’t mean no seasoning for Waylen’s food though. We roast all his veggies in olive oil and black pepper, season his pasta sauces and hummus with garlic and herbs, and sprinkle cinnamon on his roasted sweet potato fries. 

His favorite foods these days are squash (still,) PB banana waffles, egg muffins and sweet potatoes with cinnamon! He will seriously down and entire waffle and two mini egg muffins every morning for breakfast. It’s impressive!

Waylen is still my good little piggy and has yet to come across a food he doesn’t enjoy so let’s hope that continues forever! He eats everything up as soon as I can make it! I would love to hear what you’re feeding your little babes so send me all your BLW recipes! 

Waylen: 9 months

Seriously the older Waylen gets the faster time flies. He is officially weighing in at 20 lbs. 8 oz and is 27 inches tall. 


He also has a solid head full of fluff these days which I must say makes for a pretty adorable Mohawk. 
He’s great at holding himself up while standing, takes steps while holding our hands, and can sometimes pull himself up to standing. He still doesn’t crawl fully though! He will get into crawl position on his hands and knees but only actually moves in an army crawl. That really doesn’t slow him down though. He still books it across the floor on his elbows! 

              
In this last month Waylen flew across the country on his first plane ride and went to his first panthers game! He did amazing at both! Unfortunately though Waylen has definitely got a case of separation anxiety lately! It’s not allllll the time but he is definitely a mamas boy and will sometimes fuss or cry if I’m in the room and not holding him. Mostly it just happens later in the afternoon when he’s extra tired. Because of this though we decided to officially move him into his own room at night! It was a tough decision but we finally decided just to do it in an effort to keep him sleeping through the night. Luckily I think we miss him way more than he misses us ha. 



Also Waylen said Mama and mom this month! And not just once or twice, he says it allllll day everyday! Still no teeth though! Ha but again that doesn’t stop him from eating any and everything this we offer him. 


I cannot wait to see what this next month will bring! Hopefully some teeth 😝

Fall Bucket List

My favorite season is finally here and I’ve never been more excited! Now if only the temperature would stop getting into the 90s. (Yuck) Fall as a normal human being is fun, Fall as a mama to an adorable little babe, AMAZING! There are so many fun things to do during fall and I cannot wait to bring little Waylen along to start our own family traditions! Every year I love to create a bucket list of things I want to do so here’s mine for this year: 

  • Apple Picking at Apple Hill Orchard – CHECK!                                                           
  • Football, football and more football                                                   
  • Pumpkin Patch at Hodges Family Farm 
  • The Amazing Maize Maze
  • Hiking in the mountains
  • Costume Party 
  • Pumpkin Carving 
  • Make Pumpkin Cheesecake muffins (at least twice 😝) You can check out my recipe ➡️ HERE!

Of course it goes without saying that I will also be stocking up on all the Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Coffee and Coffeemate Pumpkin Creamer I can get a hold of. Plus pumpkin beers, pies, muffins, cookies… can you tell your girl likes pumpkin?!? I would love to add more things to my list though so tell me all your favorite fall activities! 


(And yes I did photoshop Pickles into the photo. She had to go to the vet and couldn’t make it apple picking – I fully acknowledge I’m weird)

Flying (ALONE) with Waylen

If you don’t already know, I recently took cross country flights with my 8 month old, ALONE. Before the trip I pretty much searched the internet for any and every piece of helpful information I could find so now I’m going to tell you what worked and what didn’t! 

First let’s get into what I carried 

  • Ergo 
  • Diaper bag
  • Oversized purse 
  • Umbrella stroller 
  • 1 checked suitcase 

I highly recommend baby wearing in the airport. You don’t have to take them off to go through security so it’s a lot easier then getting them in and out of a stroller! I also have a diaper bag that converts to a backpack and I highlyyyy recommend investing in one! Not just for flying, just for life in general ha. I strapped my baby to my chest, then had my diaper bag on my back and still remained hands free to push the stroller, get IDs out, etc. 

Now most importantly what did I actually put in my super cool backpack diaper bag.

Well for starters, way too much ha. I didn’t really think everything through. Since Waylen was a lap child and since I was traveling alone, it was pretty difficult to get anything out from under the seat. I could only really grab the top toy without getting up. So this is what I brought on my second flight for the baby: 

  • 1 days worth of diapers
  • 1 new pack of wipes
  • 2 outfit changes 
  • Teether 
  • Burp cloth
  • Crinkly book 
  • Highchair rattle 
  • Favorite stuffed animal 
  • Plastic bag (to contain any blow out clothes)
  • Clorox wipes (I almost didn’t bring thing but I’m so glad I did because my tray table was covered in sticky stuff BOTH times) 
  • Now I still breast feed so for his food I just brought my boobs ha. 

For myself I brought: 

  • extra shirt (sometimes blowouts are intense)
  • Sweater (I used this to cover while BFing and while bean slept to keep it dark!) 
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks 
  • Book (I think I read one chapter ha) 

For the first flight we nursed at takeoff and then Waylen slept for 1+ hour. When he woke up we played with my water bottle, cookies, crinkly book, then he ate again, played some more, ate AGAIN, then napped for about 40, woke up, changed diaper, played, walked around, (because mama needed to stretch,) then nursed while we landed! 

The flight back went a little differently. Bean only napped for one hour in the beginning and then he peed on me ha. So I was definitely glad I brought those extra clothes! We pretty much only played with my water bottle and those cookies they give you for the entire flight- it was just so much easier than trying to get stuff in and out of my bag!

Overall he really did great on both flights! No crying except for a brief whining when his ears popped on one of the landings. Besides that he was happy and playful the entire time. For me though, IT WAS EXHAUSTING! Ha Trying to entertain a baby while sitting for 5 hours is a workout both mentally and physically. In the future if I can avoid flying alone I totally will but come on, I’m sure everyone would ha so I mean it really wasn’t so bad. 
I’m guessing though it will only get harder as Waylen gets older and more mobile. So if you’re thinking about flying alone with a babe, do it now! The younger the better!

Oooo and also a really weird thing that happened on my flight home — they told me Waylen wasn’t allowed to be in the ergo for take off and landing because I wouldn’t be able to brace for impact. Sooo I can’t brace for impact when I’m hands free but I can when I’m holding my baby on my lap? Doesn’t really make sense to me but it really didn’t matter since I nursed at takeoff and landing anyways. 

But GOODLUCK to anyone about to make a trip solo, hopefully this post is helpful! 

Donuts Donuts Donuts

Somewhere between Waylen’s birth and now I’ve become known as the “Donut Girl.” Instead of shying away from such a sugary nickname I’ve decided to embrace it. Glazed, sprinkled, filled, holed, donuts for breakfast, dessert, I’m pretty much an expert on donuts so I’ve decided to put together a list of my favorite fun non-edible donut items to sweeten up your life.

  1. T shirt                                     
  2. Drink Floats                          
  3. Pool Float                               
  4. Beach Towel                        
  5. Coffee Mug                            
  6. Makeup Bag                      
  7. Sticky Notes                           

Since Waylen is still a little babe I get to force my donut obsession on him as well so here are of few of my favorite baby related donuts items: 

  1. Teether                                   
  2. Pants                              
  3. Bib                                
  4. Wood Stacker                        
  5. Rattle                                    

Now all I need to do is create a list of my favorite EDIBLE donuts for you guys. Mhmm maybe a Charlotte donut taste test is in my future! 

Waylen’s Wardrobe

So pretty much Waylen is now the most fashionable person in my household. Do I still enjoy buying clothing for myself? Uhhh yeah, but 1) tiny clothes are SO MUCH CUTER and 2) to be honest my ‘mom uniform’ is pretty much just a t-shirt and jeans these days. Lately everyone has been asking where I get Waylen’s clothes so I figured I’d do a blog post to outline my favorite shops.

 

Let’s start with big chain stores. H&M and Cotton On are my go-to shops for inexpensive basics. I LOVE Cotton On’s zip pjs. They are slim fitting (but not too slim that my chunky monkey won’t fit,) have the cutest patterns, and zip all the way up. I almost never use snap PJ’s or Rompers anymore. In my opinion they take too long, especially now that Waylen is older and much wigglier.

 

H&M has everything; cute jeggings, t-shirts, rompers, etc. all for relatively cheap. I would recommend just shopping online rather than going into the store. Online has a WAYY better selection and hello, is a lot less messy.

Now let’s talk Etsy shops. Chappy seriously makes fun of me SO much over my favorite shop. He always like “What’s that box, another shipment from Australiaaaa??????” UM YES! Hello Sunny Afternoon’s Clothes are seriously the best. I LOVE all her patterns and the fabrics are SO soft.


Some other Etsy shops I love are The Stitched Co 

and Monsters Under My Bed.

Lastly let’s talk about some other small shops that I frequent way too often.

  1. Little Bipsy carries a bunch of different brands (and seriously just be ready to buy one of everything) BUT if you’re just going to get one thing, GET THEIR BUTTON ROMPER. It is seriously butter. I made the mistake of ordering a size for fall so now I’m stuck waiting until Waylen can fit it. Here’s a Kippkids zip romper that I got from them as well. So stretchy and amazing!                            
  2. Rags to Raches is all about the pull-on romper. No zips, snaps or buttons!                                 
  3. Babalus by Lucy has the cutest doggie leggings for your baby… and YOU if you want to match. I actually don’t even have a dog pair yet but I did snag these adorable tape pants.                     

 

We can’t forget about accessories! Waylen is almost always wearing a hat so here’s a list of my favorites shops to get hats from:

  • George Hats                                                 
  • Binky Bro                                     
  • Noxx Beanies                                
  • Jack and Winn                              

Now get shopping! But seriously, go buy everything so I can’t because I’ve already spent WAYYY to much on Waylen’s Wardrobe. Ha.