Tuesday, August 26, 2014

project nursery contest

this sweet -cheerio loving little one year old has a huge favor to ask!  the lovely site project nursery, nominated declan's hundred acre wood birthday party as a finalist for their august birthdays.  we're super excited and if you sweet friends get a second or two would you mind voting?  it's really easy, just click the link below scroll towards the end and click on declan's box then hit vote.  i believe the contest ends the end of this week and you can vote every 24 hours if you feel so inclined.  so pretty pretty please with cheerios on top would you vote?  thank you bloggy friends we're so grateful!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

let's talk car seats

Ok so here's the deal I way over think this car seat business.  Right now Declan is still in his infant carrier.  It works great and he doesn't mind, but I know in a month or so he'd be a lot more comfortable in a convertible car seat to sit up a little more.  In the state of Texas, it's rear facing till 35 pounds so he's going to be facing backwards for some time so that feature is a big factor.  If you've been down this road I'd love your input.  Here's the ones we're contemplating.

1. Chicco NextFit

I've read some really awesome reviews on this one.  I've felt the fabric in person and like the plushness to it.  Also, everyone says it's one of the easiest to clean (love that).  A bonus is that it's easy to install too.  Fairly new to the market it being under 2 years old does make me a little nervous.

2. Britax

Honestly, the Britax makes my head spend a little with all the options.  Marathon, Boulevard, Advocate too many choices.  I know lots of people that love this brand and have had no complaints.  Through my research I noticed they are revamping this carseat and adding their newest feature the Clicktight installation system.  Love the look, but not so much the price.  Curious how you've liked the Britax fabrics too?

3. Maxi-Cosi Pria 70

The Maxi Cosi infant carrier was a serious contender for us.  Great safety reviews on the convertible car seat.  Love the fabric. Oh by the way if I didn't live in the hot state of Texas and had a money tree growing in my backyard I'd be all over the leather model of this car seat!  Good price on this one, but just not so crazy about a cup holder (don't these get nasty pretty quickly)

Thanks Parents for sharing your thoughts and experiences!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

9 years

9 years later...happy anniversary boy!

photo by: christy nickell photography

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

shop til we drop

I took advantage of a cloudy day yesterday to run to Fort Worth and do some shopping.  Cloudy weather equals 99 degree temps instead of 105.  Makes it a little more bearable loading and unloading a baby in the car. 

Anyway, Declan's eatting like crazy these days.  You cannot walk to the pantry without this kid on your heels begging for something.  Add the pugs to the mix and we now have three little beggars at your feet.  First stop Babies"R"Us to pick up a few things.  We discovered these Plum Organics Fiddlesticks a few weeks and Declan loves them, but of course their hard to find.  Babies"R"Us carries them so I tried to sneak a stockpile into the cart while he wasn't looking.  Didn't happen.  You can't put anything past this kid and before you know it we had our first moment of having to bust out a food item right there in the aisle to avoid unwanted attention.  This kid could live off Fiddlesticks if I let him. 

Then we headed to the mall to do some shopping.  Declan is the best shopping buddy.  As long as were moving and have snacks on hand he does great.  I'm super thankful for that!  We made a stop at Stride Rite to get fitted for some shoes.  I have to be honest I was totally clueless in this department I thought I could just buy cute shoes.  Thanks to some mommy friends I learned there's more too it so little man got some new proper kicks.  He was a big fan.

Last stop Trader Joe's.  I'm a sucker for their new items on display to try.  We ended up with this to try for a stir fry.  I have high hopes.  

 I learned quickly to be really intentional in my outings and know right now we can only get in about 3 stops before we are flat out done.  You can tell loading up the car we are done here.  This kid has had it.