Wednesday, November 25, 2015


(I hate how late I'm getting this update out. For the time being I plan on continuing them!)

Here are a bunch of funny things Harry's said the month before he turned 4.

- "Awww, I didn't score. Bad woo hoo!" When playing Rocket League on PS4.
- "I'm just so sad it's not Friday."
- "Is my dad gonna come to school?" (for the Halloween party)
  "No, he'll be at work."
  *huge eye roll* "Again?"
- "I had a rough day today."
  "Because some of the people weren't there for the candy." (on Halloween, after trick-or-treating)
- "I just want to drive the car. It's only a one-time thing." (He had on a shirt, undies and shoes. He had grabbed my keys and was legit heading out the door. When I asked where he was going he said he wanted to drive to Meijer by himself to buy "just one thing.")

- One day he decided he wanted to save a string cheese for the next day. He took one out of the fridge, grabbed a Ziplock bag and put it on the front of of the fridge with a magnet. I didn't see it for a couple of hours, and he was so sad when I told him we had to throw it away.

- I bought a bunch of hand soaps from Bath & Body Works and for a couple days he kept lining them up and calling it a dam. So he talked about dams almost non-stop for a week. We got a little chuckle out of that.

Friday, November 13, 2015

These Boots Are Made For Walkin'

Fashion is something I've always enjoyed. More specifically, I enjoy looking at fashionable people wearing fashion. But, I've always struggled with putting together a nice outfit for myself. 

2015 has been a year of reinvention for me, and after tackling makeup and weight loss, my next project is, you guessed it, fashion. I really want to step up my game. Maybe knock my yoga pants habit down to 3 days a week? Ehhh, that might be pushing it :). 

So when Gordmans asked if I wanted to partner up for their 100th anniversary, I knew it was time to get serious about this fashion thing. And starting literally from the ground up sounded like the perfect way to go. 

My feet are pretty messed up, and I just want them to be pretty! I have heel spurs and I've been dealing with plantar fasciitis for over five years now. I typically stick to wearing Crocs and Uggs, depending on the time of year. Losing weight has helped the situation, and now that it's cool outside, my spurs aren't acting up as much (the worst time of year for my feet is at the beginning of summer).

So, to kick start (see what I did there) my new #fashiongoals, I ordered two awesome pairs of boots from Gordmans' website.

The first pair I picked is a cute, zip-up style called the Bobbie Buckle Bootie from Very Cherry

very cherry boots

I've seen this style on so many people and have always loved the look. I'm happy to finally have a pair of my own! They kind of have a flocked, almost velvety texture, which is really pretty and different from the standard leather look. I also love how slouchy they are, like they've been broken in and worn for a long time. So cozy and comfy looking! The leg openings are wide enough to fit jeans in comfortably, but the boots feel nice and secure everywhere else.

Of the two pairs I've worn these the most, mainly because they're so easy to slip on. They've also been pretty comfortable. I haven't worn them on any long walks or anything, but while running short errands around town they've been just fine.

very cherry boots

The other pair I ordered were some lace-up Bethany Wedge Booties from Dr. Scholl's

dr. scholl's boots

Love these ones so much! They're so comfortable, lots of good arch support. They came with two pairs of laces, the ones in the picture and a lighter pair. I personally like the look of the darker laces, but it's nice that the shoes came with options. They're a suede material and feel really well constructed, I can tell these are going to last me a long time! I also like how easy to walk in they are, I've worn heels less than 5 times in the last 5 years, and I feel very confident walking in these. 

dr. scholl's boots

And the one thing I love about both pairs... they'll look horrible with yoga pants! Jeans and leggings are the way to go with these I think. I'm really excited to start putting together some cute outfits.

If you're a long-time lover of fashion, or are just getting started, give Gordmans a try. They have over 100 locations in 22 states, and of course you can always order from their website. If you're not familiar with Gordmans, they're a discount retailer that sell a variety of different goods, like clothing, shoes, housewares, and toys. Browsing through their website I think they have a great selection of products. Especially for women's boots, there were at least five different pairs I would have liked to try!

And as I mentioned earlier in this post, the company is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year. So, Happy Anniversary Gordmans! With companies constantly restructuring and being bought out these days, I'd say that's a pretty big accomplishment! According to their website, the company started out as one store in Omaha, Nebraska all the way back in 1915. 

Be sure to sign up for Gordmans' email list, they'll periodically send out coupons for even more savings that can be used in-store or online.

Disclaimer: Gordmans provided me with a gift card to purchase something from their website in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Saturday, November 7, 2015


My sweet boy turns four today. Time has just flown by these last years, and it still feels like I was newly pregnant, but at the same time, it feels like he's always been a part of our lives. Crazy how that works, isn't it?

My can't-call-him-a-toddler-anymore boy has grown so much over the last year. At three, he was still in diapers, taking daily naps, and he had no idea what a PlayStation even was. Now, he's in undies all day, hardly ever takes naps, and works the PlayStation better than me (he can grab a DVD, put it in and play the movie now).

He's generally a sweet, happy boy. At home he'll talk our ears off, but from what his teachers have said, he's more soft spoken at school. He observes everything, and is the most detail-oriented person I know.

He can count all the way to 30, can write his name, mom and dad. He can actually write most of the letters, but hasn't tried putting them into words yet.

Sending him to school a year early was truly the best thing we could have done for him. Now, school's old news and he loves being in 3 different classes and eating lunch with his friends. I had a parent/teacher conference with his main teacher the other day and she had nothing but good things to say about Harry. He listens well in class, stays focused, and is right on track developmentally.

I asked Harry what was his favorite thing about being 3. He said, to no surprise, Toy Story. He knows all 3 movies (and the Halloween special) by heart. The other day he walked up to me with his head tilted to the side and exclaimed, "I'm Picasso!" Just like Mr. Potato Head in the first movie.

If you asked me the same question, I'd probably say how far he came in his swim lessons over the summer. It was really amazing to watch him progress from someone who'd never swam before, to someone who kicked and floated like a pro.

I wasn't going to do a birthday photoshoot this year, but Harry brought it up last month and really wanted to do it. We had a lot of fun last week taking the pictures.

So, happy birthday to my favorite boy. It might not always be easy, but it's always worth it, and I love you more and more every day.

And of course, here's a comparison shot of his birthdays.

2012   2013   2014   2015

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