Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Create It Thursday #145

Hi friends...thanks so much for stopping by again for Create It Thursday!
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Hello World!

I'd like to introduce you to...

Jackson Lee Lambert
Born at 7:29 am on February 9, 2016
8 lbs, 15 oz
21 1/4" long

He's here and he's perfect in absolutely every way! Already such a calm, sweet baby. We are in love! Both he and I are doing extremely well after a complication-free c-section. Today has just been wonderful!

Thank you to everyone for your sweet emails and messages!
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Monday, February 8, 2016

On The Night (Before) You Were Born


Well, here we are!  It's the night before you were born.  Words can't express how excited we are to meet you.  We can't wait to learn everything about you - who you look like, what your little personality is like, how big you are (which is currently a running bet in our house)...everything.

You are going to be just what we need to complete this family.  For the past few years, your big sister has completed us.  She was just what we needed at just the right time.  And now, here you come - and, no matter what, no matter what you do or where you go or who you become, you'll be the perfect addition to our family.  This family is a team - we might not always agree and we might not always get along 100% of the time, but no matter what, your family will always be on your side and will always be your biggest cheerleaders.  We will love you unconditionally and do everything we can to help you grow into a happy, healthy, grounded man.

Let's talk about your big sister for a second - man, she is so excited.  She's been preparing herself (as much as a 3-year-old can prepare herself) for being a big sister for months. She insists that she's going to shake a rattle in your face when you're upset to calm you down, give you your bottles, and supply you with lots of presents.  She already loves you as much as her little heart can, and it makes my heart so full to see.  I am 100% sure she's going to be an awesome big sister...I can't wait to see her get started.

And your Daddy?  Man, you have no idea how much you just hit the jackpot.  I knew he would be a good father before Emmie was born, but I really had no idea how good of a father he could be.  He loves your big sister with his whole heart and I'm convinced he is going to be just as amazing to you. I can tell he's secretly pretty excited about getting a new fishing buddy too...he can say all day that it didn't matter whether you were a boy or a girl, but his face lights up when someone starts talking about his son.

No matter your path in life, I want you to always know that you have always been and will always be loved.  I've been dreaming of my Jackson for years now, and as of tomorrow, you're here!  Forever and always, I get to be your Mommy, and I'm so excited about that.  I can't believe God chose me for you...I'm just so lucky.  You and your sister are the two best gifts I've ever been given, and if I receive nothing else in my life, I've been blessed because of the gift of you two.  Being your Mommy is the most important, and fun, and stressful, and emotional job I've ever had.  It's kind of crazy how you can wrap so many emotions into one relationship.  But they just kind of fall together in the most chaotic, amazing way.

I just think I love you right now, but I know it's going to be so much stronger tomorrow.  And man, I can't wait to experience that.  Do me a favor and give your mom some slack for the next few weeks, ok?  Even though this isn't my first rodeo, I kind of feel like I've forgotten what I'm doing.  We'll figure it out together (because you've got some learning to do in the next little bit, too).  It's going to be a lot of fun.

I love you forever and ever, little man!


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Friday, February 5, 2016

9 Months

Well, I honestly didn't think we'd make it to this post, but here we are...and I'm so glad!  I really wanted to carry Jackson as long as I possibly could, in spite of how uncomfortable I've been for the past few weeks.  He got to keep growing and getting stronger and I got to wrap up a couple of random to-dos in the past week or two, so I really haven't minded him hanging out one bit!

Here we are at NINE MONTHS!!!

Size of Baby: I can't wait to know for sure!  According to the ultrasound we had last Friday, he was 8lbs, 13oz then.  Babies around this point can grow half a pound to a pound a week, so I think it's very possible we have another 10 pounder.  My official guess is 9 lbs, 15oz...Noah's saying 10lbs, 8oz.  We shall see!

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Twenty (Often Forgotten) Places to Disinfect in Your Home

Having a baby in the middle of cold and flu season can be a little unsettling.  We're already doing a little extra this year to prevent the spread of germs around our house.  As much as I love almost every aspect of Emmie going to preschool, the sickness she inevitably carries home is definitely not one of those.  Plus, we live in our is not always pristine, just like most family homes out there.  There's no way around bringing in and spreading common cold and flu viruses just by living our everyday lives.

Luckily, with a little bit of insight (and a few cleaning supplies), you can do your part to ward off those seasonal cold and flu germs!  I've listed 20 of the most germ-ridden places in your house below...a few of these you might not think to clean, but it's so important that they are regularly disinfected to keep your family safe!

  1. Toys
  2. Faucet Handles
  3. Doorknobs
  4. Remote Control
  5. Garbage Can Lid
  6. Refrigerator
  7. Oven Knobs
  8. Light Switches
  9. Toilet Lids & Handles
  10. Washing Machine
  11. Car Keys
  12. Toilet Roll Holder 
  13. Office Supplies (Pens, Pencils, Scissors)
  14. Phone Receiver
  15. Computers
  16. Entrance Floors (including door mats)
  17. Laundry Baskets
  18. Steering Wheel
  19. Countertop Storage Lids
  20. Kitchen Counters

Luckily for me, there are super easy methods for disinfecting most everything on this list!  At nine months pregnant, you want to start the process of making your home as safe as possible for you new arrival, but you often don't have a lot of time or energy to devote to cleaning the whole house.  Clorox Clean-Up Spray gives you the best of both worlds....I love using it to regularly disinfect some of the yuckiest places in our home.  A simple spray and wipe-down kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria that can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours, like Staph, E. Coli, Salmonella, and Strep.

Clorox Clean-Up Spray is designed to clean a variety of surfaces, including washing machines, countertops, sinks, and toilets.  It's a versatile product that makes it easy to get rid of those germs that we can't keep out of the house!
A similar product in the Clorox line that I love to keep around are Clorox Disinfecting Wipes.  These multi-tasking wipes really knock out so many little messes in our home, including messy  kitchen counter top spills.  They also allow me to quickly disinfect many of the surfaces you see above without having to pull out multiple cleaning supplies.  These are my go-to when I need to easily clean up a mess without a lot of time to do so!

You really can do you part to prevent the cold and flu in your house without a lot of fuss!  Find these and many more Clorox cleaning products at Amazon, Walmart, Target, Staples and Costco.
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Create It Thursday #144 (Plus Features)

Hi guys...welcome back to another fun week of Create It Thursday!

I loved so many of the over 400 ideas that were shared last week!  I'm showing off a few favorites (and one fan favorite) below. These will also be up on the Create It Thursday Pinterest board, the Lamberts Lately Twitter page, and the Lamberts Lately Facebook page!

(Just a note before we start with features...many of you know I'm expecting our second child any day now.  We are currently scheduled for a February 9th birthday...that's next week!  So, for the rest of the month of February, I won't be selecting/showcasing features for Create It Thursday.  I've still got the party scheduled to go live at the same time each Wednesday night though, so you're more than welcome to come link up and browse the creations each week!  My current plan is to start back with selecting features at the March 2nd party.)

...and this week's fan favorite...

A big huge thanks to every single person who shared with us last week!  If you're featured above, you can grab a button below:

Now on to February's first Create It Thursday!
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Monday, February 1, 2016

Recent Recipe Hits (and Misses)

Great collection of recipes from around the internet!

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Around early fall of last year, my eMeals subscription ran out.  I had saved up quite a few recipes on Pinterest that I really wanted to try, but it just wasn't worth it to me to fill all of the ingredients in my eMeals shopping list and make those recipes when I had new ones that were provided to me every week.  So, I thought I'd just stockpile them to use later and use those for a few months instead of getting a new subscription.

After I came back from underneath my morning sickness rock around October, I actually started making some of the recipes I stockpiled.  I was so pleased with most of them, and I thought I'd share the wealth today!  I love reading about recipes that work (or didn't work) on other blogs, so this is my way of paying it forward.  I've got the link to the original recipe before each one and my honest opinion of how they went.
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