Announcing: Spring Big Blog Sale Link-Up!


 
In the fall, we did a Big Blog Sale where everyone posted their "for sale" items in their own blog post and linked up here.  It was a lot of fun, and I had lots of requests to do it in the spring.
 
Since we are right upon consignment season, I thought this would be a good time to do it again!  If you have been thinking about selling some of your old clothes/household items on your blog, this would be a great chance to do it.

The sale is going to be Wednesday, March 13th.  I'll post a link-up that morning, and you can link your post and see all of the other cute things people are selling!  Even if you don't have anything to sell, stop by and see if you can find any bargains.
 
If you'd like to put the button above on your blog post, just copy and paste the text in the box below it.  You don't have to put it on your post, but if you'd like, that will bring everyone back to a central location and make sure they can check out others' items too.

If you have any questions, you can comment on this post or email me.  I'm looking forward to it - I had a blast last time, and I'm sure this time will be great too!

11 Months

 
 
Emma Ramey,

Eleven months! This is it. Next month, you'll be a YEAR old!


I'm not going to lie, I was dreading this one a little. I don't want my baby to grow up. But I absolutely adore watching you grow and seeing all of the new things you're learning.   You change a little bit more every day, and I'm just trying to savor every second of it.
 
Here's what you're up to!
 

Weight:
 You are 23.8 pounds this month...right at the 90th percentile.  I think your sickies the past week or so haven't helped this number - you haven't had much of an appetite.

Height:
Exactly 30 inches...in the 85th percentile!

Clothing Size:
We are almost all the way switched over to 18 months.  All pajamas are 18 months now and most of your regular clothes are too.  Mommy wasn't quite planning on having a baby in 18 month clothes in the winter, so I'm still squeezing you into 12 month winter clothes for the next few weeks. :)

Diapers:
You are definitely in size 4's now.  You're going through 4-5 a day!


Feeding:
You eat 4 times a day...breakfast, lunch, dinner, and your night night bottle.  You are still taking about 8 ounces of formula at each feeding, and the first three you eat "real" food too.
You haven't been big on purees in the past week or so...only finger foods will do.  You're almost eating whatever Mommy and Daddy eat full time now.  You are the carb queen!  Anything carby (Cheerios, crackers, puffs) is your absolute favorite.   You'll pick it out of any fruits/veggies I give you.

Hair/Eyes:
Pretty blue eyes!  And, we are very thankful that your clogged tear duct looks like it resolved itself on its own...thank goodness, I was dreading a surgery!

You have the cutest baby mullet. :) It's coming in a darker blonde...just like your daddy had when he was a baby.

Sleep:
Hasn't been as good in the past couple of weeks, but you've been sick and teething.  You take about a 2 hour nap in the morning, and that's usually all I can get out of you.  You go to sleep at about 6:30 at night, and sleep until about 7:30 in the morning.  We've tried to push that bedtime back a little to see if it helps with your afternoon nap and you're not having it.

Fun Stuff:
 
-You are walking everywhere!  At first, it was only if we made you, but I've noticed you walking a few feet at a time on your own in the past week or so.  You can do it, you just don't want to. :)
 
 
-Everywhere you don't walk, you can crawl like a maniac.
 
-You will dance back and forth if we tell you do, and bounce up and down on command too!  You love dancing.
 
 
 
-You play peek-a-boo all the time!  Here you are playing it with a cell phone this morning. 
 
-You have 8 teeth - the front four on top and bottom.  That last one on the bottom is just now coming in, and you are NOT happy about it.
 
-I would say the past week or two is the first time you've been full-on sick.  It's just a cold, but it is not treating you well.  Fussy, runny nose, diaper rash...you name it, you've had it.
 
 
- Hardy is your best buddy.  You go up to him and pet him so sweetly. :)
 
-You love a cell phone, remote, or cord...Daddy and I are convinced it's because you're not supposed to have them.
 
-You know how to say "Bye Bye," "Hi," and we're pretty sure you know to say please when you want something.  You can also say Dada when you're in the mood.

-We call you our monkey, because you climb on EVERYTHING.
 
-You've learned how to hug!  You'll lay your head down on something when I ask if you love it.
 
-You still love the outdoors...if this crummy weather will ever cooperate, we're going to be outside a lot more!
 
-You are slowly figuring out books.  You know to hold them and open them, and I think you're figuring out that when I read it's associated with the book. 
 
 
-We tell you all the time how nosy you are. :) You have to check out everything.
 
-You love handing us something and asking for it back. 
 
 
We love you, little monkey!  ONE MORE MONTH!! 

Monday Randoms


-We went out of town this weekend! Noah went to a fishing seminar with his dad, so we visited the grandparents for the weekend. Let me tell you, it was SO nice to be able to take a nap in the middle of the afternoon and not worry about my baby. SO nice. Going home with a screaming baby for 3 hours? Not so much.
 
-Something's funky with Emma Ramey this week.  I can't figure out if it's teething or she's sick, but she's just not right.  I'm VERY much looking forward to getting back on a schedule with her...I think that will help.
 
-I didn't take any pictures really this weekend.  Shame on me, I know.  I think it will be ok that we don't have one weekend of her life documented with pictures.
 
-Does anybody else just feel completely overwhelmed when they get back from like 2 days out of town?  The emails, the laundry, the unpacking...y'all.  I need an assistant today.
 
-So my child is full-on walking now.  Like, across the room.  She still crawls where she needs to go, but can definitely walk.  I'm "making" her walk everywhere I can!
 
 -I feel like Noah and I have been doing a really good job with the whole diet thing.  I'm down like 8 pounds, and he's down even more!  This weekend was not good for that.  Woof.  Let's just say I need to be REALLY good this week.
 
-There is currently a swimming pool in the middle of my living room.  Again.  It's one of those big inflatable pools, so we were scared to leave it outside while we were gone (it was supposed to storm all weekend).  So here it sits.

-Who watched the Oscars? I watched a little, even though I was EXHAUSTED.  I know I want to see like 10 more movies after seeing just the hour or so I did!

-I've been thinking of doing another Big Blog Sale link-up in a couple of weeks...who's game?  I asked twitter a couple of days ago, and I think we've got a lot of people that would want to!  I'll try to post details in the next few days.

-I have an eleven month old tomorrow.  Crazy.  I'm a little sad about using that last month sticker for her picture!  I might be that crazy lady ordering the 34 month old onesie stickers from etsy in a couple of years.

I think that's all my randomness for today...happy Monday y'all!  Don't forget to enter my giveaway for a couple of fun beauty products here!

Lifestyle Blog I Love! (And a Beauty Product Giveaway!)

How fun are the fashion and beauty blogs that are so popular lately? I've loved reading a bunch of different ones and finding out about the latest and greatest products. I have ZERO knowledge of things like this, so it's really interesting to see what the newest products and ideas are!

Sarah with Life in a Break Down is one that I love!  She reviews a lot of different products...anywhere from skin care to fashion.   I am very thankful for blogs like this that keep my in the loop with things like that. :)  She even does posts discussing the latest home items...considering buying things for the home is my personal buying weakness, I should probably stay away from these, but I love hearing her ideas!

Sarah also does link ups...anything from showcasing your favorite posts to an Instagram/Vine blog hop...what a fabulous idea!

Last but certainly not least, I am loving the giveaways Sarah is hosting on her blog. These are great, quality products that I think a lot of you would love.

Seriously - check Sarah out.  She's doing something pretty awesome over at Life in a Break Down!
 
Sarah has a fun set of beauty treats for one of my readers today!
 
 


One reader is going to win a MUA 12 Shade Undressed Pallette, Nail Constellation (random color), and Nail Fluff (random color)!
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
Enter through the Rafflecopter below.  Entries will end on Wednesday night, and I'll pick a winner Thursday morning.
 
Good luck!

Giveaway items were provided for this post.  All opinions are my own.

New Ways to Make Money With Apps/Websites!




I've added a couple of new apps/websites since my last post, and wanted to update my list of ways I make money on my smartphone or online!
 
Websites
 
Swagbucks
 
This is my old stand-by in the money-making department.  It's so easy to earn with Swagbucks - you can use it as a search engine (it's as easy as Google, I promise!), watch videos, and even print coupons all to earn money!  The printing coupons is my favorite way to earn with Swagbucks - you get roughly 10 cents each time you print/redeem one.
 
This is how I keep my Amazon account stocked!  I can't remember the last time I "paid" for something on Amazon, and Swagbucks is a big part of that. 
 
Ebates
 
If you're not using Ebates, DO IT.  If you shop online you are throwing money away not to use it!  It's easy - if you're shopping online, go to their site first, type in the site you want to shop, and click their link to go to that site.  That's it!  They give a percent cash back on your purchase to almost every online store you can imagine. 
 
Save1
 
I love the idea of this website!  It is in a format similar to ebates, but donates a healthy meal to a malnourished child for each purchase.  It is also a great source of coupons and special offers for thousands of stores!  This is a great socially-responsible alternative to ebates.

Shop at Home

Shop at Home is very similar to Ebates - you go to the site, click through their link to go shopping, and get a rebate on your item at many stores!  I don't use it as much because it doesn't have quite as many stores as Ebates, but I do check it when Ebates doesn't have a store (or I'll check to see which one has the better cash back rate).

MyPoints (email me if you'd like an invitation!)

MyPoints is another old stand-by - I'm not sure I've talked about it in awhile though!  There are lots of different ways you can earn with MyPoints, but I typically use their emails to earn.  They send emails, and if you click the link, you get points - easy peasy!  You can also use it to print coupons, answer survey questions, and lots of other options to earn points.  It has one of the best gift card redemption selections I've seen!

Crowdtap

If you like being on shopper's panels and giving companies insights into what consumers want, this is the way to go!  You can answer very easy questions on this site to earn.  I'm not a big survey taker, but this is SO easy - I promise!  You can also be on discussion panels and earn even more!  I also use Crowdtap to keep my Amazon account stocked.

Influenster

Influenster doesn't necessarily pay for you to use it, but you do get the opportunity to get fun products to review and share!  You sign up, give reviews, and discuss your favorite products.  You're really doing it to share things you love (or hate) with a community...getting items to review and share is just a perk!
 
Apps (It might be best to open this on your phone - most of my links take you straight to download the app!)
 
iBotta
 
This is an interesting one!  It's basically just rebates you can redeem after you purchase something at a participating grocery or drug store.  Once you buy it, you take a picture of your receipt, it verifies, and adds the money to your account!
 
Checkpoints
 
Checkpoints has always been fun to me.  Remember the show "Supermarket Sweep?"  It's kind of like playing that in the grocery store!  You look for special items, scan them, and it gives you points that you can redeem for gift cards!  I've gotten 300-400 points each time I've gone to the grocery store over the past few weeks.
 
 Receipt Hog

Receipt Hog is super easy - all you do is take a picture of your grocery receipt!  Once again, you get coins you can trade in for gift cards.

Viggle

I'll be honest - Viggle and I have a love/hate relationship.  When it first started about a year ago, they gave a TON of points.  I'm talking, when I was at home before Emma Ramey was born and had nothing to do, I would earn like $50 a day some days.  But, like most other apps, the point values and opportunities went way down.

That being said, you do still get paid to watch TV!  You check in with a Shazzam-like speaker detection that can tell what you're watching...pretty cool!  You're getting paid about a penny every 20 minutes with this...it doesn't sound like a lot, but if you stay checked in all day, it adds up.

Little Details Update


Life is same ol', same ol' right now. Nothing special - but, just for my memory's sake, I wanted to give a few updates!

-First birthday planning is in full swing!  It's basically what I'm doing with every spare second I have - ordering, making, planning, to-do-listing, envisioning.  There is a LOT that goes into a birthday party - I had no clue.  I'm trying to plan as much as I can right now so I'm not freaking out the week of the party.
 

 
-We got this pool, thinking we could fill it with balls for the birthday party for a ball pit.  Umm...wrong.  It is HUGE.  But, the good news is we can use it as an actual pool this summer, and we have a makeshift playpen for the time being.  (You would hope I was kidding, but she LOVES it.  She would crawl to it all weekend and beg us to put her in it.)

 
-This child?  In two piece jammies as of Sunday night.  Time - SLOW IT ON DOWN.
 
-We're also trying the amber teething necklace.  I know a lot of people laugh at it and call it silly, but y'all, I think it works!  She rarely fusses when if she's been wearing it.  I'm not usually into these kinds of things, but if it keeps me from shoving Tylenol down my child's throat all the time, I'm in.
 
-She's doing pretty well in the walking department!  Not really traveling anywhere big on her own yet, but she LOVES to take a few steps to me and fall in my arms. 
 
 
- My girl and her handsome daddy at a party for her friend Colton this weekend. I love these two. :)
 
-I have gotten this itch to get my house organized over the past few days.  I'm nesting a year late. :) Something about clutter is just getting under my skin.  I have a feeling Pinterest and I are going to have a few date nights here soon.
 
-And on the nesting a year late note, this is what I looked like a year ago this week. 
 
 
 I was a WHALE.  But I did have like a 9 pound baby in there at that point...and that's what your body is supposed to do.  It really is a miracle! 
 
But no, in case you were wondering, I'm not looking to make my body into that miracle again anytime soon. :)
 
-Like the new blog look?  It's hardly different, I just saw a really pretty color palette a few days ago and kind of ran with it!  I'm flighty like that.
 
 
-We are slowly transitioning into Emma Ramey just eating everything we eat.  She had veggie beef soup with us this weekend...she almost cleaned her plate both times she ate it!  She can be a bottomless pit, but I am very thankful for a baby with a great, non-picky appetite.
 

Menu Monday

I've seen menu Monday posts for the longest time but I've never done one. I thought it would be fun to actually write down our menu for a whole week!

Here's what we had last week...

Monday
 
 
Open Face Italian Hoagies with Brussels Sprouts
 
I used the Italian meatballs I made on my freezer meal day, put them on frozen Texas toast, and topped with tomato sauce and Italian cheese.  We ate this a few times with different veggies!
 
Tuesday
 
Shrimp and Grits Casserole Recipe
 
For Fat Tuesday, I made Shrimp and Grits casserole!  It was a recipe I just kind of made up as I went and it turned out great!
 
Here was my recipe:
 
Shrimp and Grits Casserole
 
Ingredients
 
8 packs Quaker Instant Cheese Grits
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups 2% milk
1lb Shrimp
1 can Progresso Three Cheese Recipe Starters
 1 can Rotel
2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
2 cups Celery, Chopped
1 tbsp Garlic, Minced

Directions
Mix together the water, milk, and grits in a casserole dish.  Cook according to package directions in microwave.

Meanwhile, cook celery in a pan until translucent.  Add garlic and shrimp and cook until just pink.  Add Rotel and recipe starter.  Cook for a few minutes, just until everything is blended well.

Take cooked grits and spread in a sprayed 9 x 13 Pyrex dish.  Sprinkle with half of the cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, then put under the broiler for about 5 minutes.

Add shrimp mixture to top.  Top with the rest of the cheese.  Cook for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, then turn broiler on and cook for about 5 more minutes.

Wednesday

Leftover day!  I usually do 2-3 leftover days a week...I just cook extra on the other days.

Thursday


 I blogged about this a few days ago...for Valentine's Day, I made heart shaped pancakes, heart shaped bacon, and eggs.  Breakfast for dinner is Noah's favorite!

Friday

Leftover day!

Saturday

This was our Valentine's date night.  Noah took me to one of my favorite local places!

Sunday
 
 

I made the veggie beef soup I made on my freezer meal day.  We had it with cornbread.

Happy Monday!


My Two Valentines


Just like most every other year, we had a Valentine's Day at home. We're not big on the crowds on Valentine's night, so we always celebrate the weekend before or after.  It wasn't anything special to anyone else, but it was a great day!
 
Yesterday morning, we made Daddy's Valentine's Day present!  Noah and I had a $1 limit on our presents this year, so I made his favorite - lemon cake pops.  

 
 
Emma Ramey made Daddy a card!


We had a pretty nice spread going by the time he got home from work. 
 
 
 
 
Emma Ramey rocked her Valentine's Day bib...
 
 
...her tutu (that she loved as much as we did)...
 
 
...and, in the biggest development of the day, STARTED WALKING!!!
 
We were sitting on the floor yesterday afternoon, and she just decided she was going to take 4 steps to me, out of nowhere!  I started screaming, I'm sure she thought I was crazy. :) I stood her up a few more times and she walked again...she even showed it off to Daddy when he got home and the grandparents!
 
 
After showing off her new skills, we opened presents!
 
 
I'm pretty sure she liked the balloon more than the actual toy.
 
 
After Emma Ramey went to bed, I made Noah his favorite dinner - breakfast!  We had heart shaped pancakes, my sad attempt at heart shaped bacon, and eggs.
 
 
And don't worry about Hardy, he had a good Valentine's Day too...those empty sticks are his doing.  He climbed on the table and had 8 (by our count) cake pops.  Little stinker.


 We had a fantastic day celebrating our first Valentine's with this sweet girl!
 

Chocolate Chunk Red Velvet Bread Pudding Recipe


Yes, you read that right.

Some of y'all might have read I experimented with cake pops this weekend. Well, I used a cake pop maker to do them...LOVE it, but it gives you a lot of leftover cake pieces when you use it.  So I had a bunch of red velvet scraps and nothing to do with them.
 
My husband...the guy who hates red velvet cake, chocolate, and bread pudding...suggested making a bread pudding from it.  Umm, ok!!
 
So I'm left with all of this to eat.  Somebody please come get some from my house - Lord knows I don't need all of it.
 
 
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Here's the recipe...

Chocolate Chunk Red Velvet Bread Pudding

Ingredients
 
3 cups Red Velvet Cake, prepared and baked
1/2 bag Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 block cream cheese
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk

Directions
 
Allow the red velvet cake to sit out overnight.  If you don't have time for this, put it in the oven for 15-20 minutes on 350 degrees to harden up a little.  Cool, and mix with the chocolate chunks in a sprayed Pyrex dish.

Combine milk, sugar, eggs, and half of the block of cream cheese (you might need to microwave the cream cheese for a few seconds to get it soft).  Pour this mixture over the red velvet and chocolate.  Shake the pan a little to get everything well combined.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes, until mixture is set.  Meanwhile, combine other half of the cream cheese, 1/4 cup milk, and powdered sugar.  Microwave 30 seconds, stir, and keep microwaving for 15 second increments until mixture is warm and mixes together well.
 
Take bread pudding out of the oven.  Top with cream cheese mixture.  Serve warm.

What You're Up To - 10 1/2 Months


I haven't done one of these posts in awhile. For the longest time, it seemed like Emma Ramey changed SO much from week to week that I couldn't cover it all with just a monthly post...so I did mid-month posts too. As she grew, it seemed like I didn't really need these anymore, but there is so much going on with her right now that I thought I'd do one!
 
Emma Ramey, you are...
 
-jabbering all the time!  I'm pretty sure you're talking to us, I just can't understand your little language yet.  You do say "Bye Bye" constantly (I'm pretty sure you said it to every last person in Hobby Lobby Saturday).  You also say Hi, but usually just to Hardy. :)  Every time he comes in the room you say it to him!  You can say Dada, Mama (only when you're mad though), and Daddy's 100% sure you said "cracker" to him when you wanted one this weekend.

-thiiis close to walking on your own.  You are furniture cruising like a champ.  You can take a step or two to us if we're really close, but you mostly just get down and crawl where you need to go.  You are a champ with your walker though...you can go across the room with it!  I really think you could walk on your own if you would just get brave enough.

-so funny!  Your mannerisms are just hilarious.  The way you can look at something, or react to something cracks us up all the time.

-so curious!  You are a nosy little thing...if something's going on and you want to know about it, you're going to be all up in the situation, invited or not.

-in love with the remote, iPad, or any phone.  If we say "Hello?" to you, you'll hold your hand up to your ear like you're holding a phone.

-loving Peek-A-Boo!  You were actually playing it with a piece of plastic on the coffee table this weekend. :) If you have a blanket, you're going to play it by covering your head...if you can get around a corner or behind a door from us, you're going to do it too!

-learning how to climb...unfortunately.  Mommy's trying to teach you it's going to hurt you, but it's hard.  Your favorite thing to climb on is your Anywhere Chair.

-dancing!  If music comes on, you start bouncing up and down.  You can really get down too!

-learning how to fake whine...Lord bless it. :) There is an obvious difference between your fake cry and real one, you just don't know it.

-sleeping about 2 hours in the morning, and sometimes you take an afternoon nap...it's kind of rare now though.  Mommy's not giving up yet though!  You go to sleep at about 6:30 each night (give or take 30 minutes) and sleep until about 8 each morning...so we definitely can't complain about sleep!
 
-getting your 8th tooth.  We have FINALLY gotten a little bit of a break from teething...I swear you got a tooth a week there for a couple of months.  But it's been a few weeks since the last one.  What a nice break!
 
-the absolute light of our lives!  You get more fun each and every day.  We love you so much!

Monday Mish-Mash


We were in work mode again this weekend. Noah and my brother finished up some more of the flooring project - this weekend was the quarter round!
 
 
(Ignore my gross floors.  I have a dog and a baby.)

This might not look like that big of a deal, but it is HUGE...you've been able to see the raw edges of the hardwood in our living room for the past year, and now you can't! I think it looks great. They aren't quite done, but it's close!
 
 
As of this weekend, we are officially in birthday party mode!  It's not for over a month, but y'all - a first birthday takes a LOT of planning (or at least it does when you're a crazy organizer like me).  I bought a good bit of what I'm going to need, and started a few of the decorations!  I also have about 10 lists going on my computer right now.
 
 
Noah and I also tested out a few of the party foods this weekend!  You know, for quality control. :)  I really just wanted to make sure we could handle some of the more complicated things (cake pops and cotton candy) or if we needed to buy them.  I think they turned out pretty well!
 
I finally broke down and put Emma Ramey in 18 month pajamas last night.  I'm a little heartbroken about it - something about 18 month seems SO big.  But it was time...those poor 12 month pajamas were stretched to the max.  Next up is switching her closet over to 18 month clothes!
 
 
I also got brave this morning - her crib bumper went back in her bed for the first time in 10 months.  I have been too chicken to put it back in, but I think she's past it being a risk now, and I made sure she can't climb on it.  The child LOVES it - she rolled around in her bed for a solid 30 minutes like a crazy woman.  That's one of the reasons I put it back in...we can hear her bumping against the walls when she naps, and I know it hurts her!  Hopefully this will be a little more comfortable for her.  I'm still sitting here worrying about it during her first nap with them though. :)
 
Don't forget - you can still enter the giveaway for a $50 Origami Owl credit here!

 
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