Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blog reads that made today sparkle + potty training

My capacity for thinking today has hit the limit. 

So today I just wanted to soak up some stuff from other bloggers out there. 

"I'm so exhausted by our filters. I'm worn bare by our refusal to live authentically, as actual humans." This beautiful quote came from a new post from Flower Patch Farmgirl, one of my favorite blogs ever. I read her blog almost daily, and always walk away able to breathe a little deeper and reground myself in what is important. This post about her church home struck some chords with me. I understand the exhaustion that comes with trying to act the part and keeping it all together. I am so grateful when I am blessed with the presence of people who are humble yet honest about themselves. It is such a rare treat. 

After that, I stumbled across this delightful post from Camp Patton. The pictures say it all. A sweet and sassy little girl showing off her Sharpie art skills on her bare legs. That kind of stuff happens around here all the time. The hilarity of choosing to take a nap instead of blogging and waking up to such commotion, and rewarding the Sharpie art with a fresh batch of cookies. My kind of mom. 

We are on day two of potty training around here. That means I have been cooped up in the house now for almost 48 hours (minus my one hour Body Pump session yesterday- that was life saving). I have said the word "potty" and "poop" more times over the past two days than I have in my entire life. We showed her how her dolly goes potty, oh, maybe fifty times yesterday. We have done literally hundreds of "pant checks". Yesterday was awful. I went to bed wondering what the heck I got myself into. 

But today she woke up with a new attitude. We have colored Easter eggs, pulled out every toy Lillian owns, and watched every potty video on Youtube. The first day was a mess. I wanted to throw in the towel. My daughter did too. She begged us to put a diaper on her. I suppose it was a lot of work for all of us around here yesterday. After we explained, for the one-hundredth time how proud her best friend Zoe, aunt Holly, Mommy and Daddy, Elmo, Elsa, Caillou, and Curious George would be if she went pee-pee in her big girl potty she marched to it and went pee! I almost gasped. She listened to us. The rest of the day has been a whirlwind of fifteen minute alarm clocks going off and me doling out goldfish and fruit snacks like I am the treat factory. Our child has sat on that potty more hours than I ever imagined she could. She has done AMAZING. 

Let me just say it has been a messy day filled with lots of surprises. 

I will leave you with this cute little person admiring her green egg. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Let's Be Friends Blog Hop #61 is now live! Come link up!

Welcome to the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!

A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.

Dear Friends,

What a day to celebrate! This is the 61st week of the Let's Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week! It is crazy that we have been doing this for 60 weeks! 

Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!

The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.

The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of  The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!

There are a couple of great giveaways going on right now at Southern Beauty Guide and The Dwelling Tree. Go check them out! :)

Let's Be Friend's Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news! 

***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop. 

Meet your hosts: 

The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin'

Southern Beauty Guide: Blog, Bloglovin'

 and your co-hosts:

Ashley from Married to the Game
Kyomm @ Vow Move Live

***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:

Vola we have a winner! This is Chelsee this week. First of all, thanks so much to all of you that are linking up each week, I know that it means a lot to Tiffany and me. Now onto the winner! Wow what a hard decision it was choosing a winner this week, but due to a picture that stood out I decided that I had to pick....itbritt!

Britt linked up a picture of this hunk of cake that as I scrolled the link showed it contained Jack Daniels, at this point it was like "hook, line, and sinker." As someone that loves cooking and loves adding alcohol where you can I was immediately drawn to this post. I think any opportunity that you have to spice up cooking is an opportunity you should take. I have to say I am so excited to try this recipe. I think the flavors will just melt together and turn into something amazing. 

Britt is a lifestyle blogger that also makes the prettiest blog designs. I know the first time I saw one of her blog designs I was seriously left in awe. She's an avid reader and lover some green tea! She is happily married and I have to say that you all must go check out the picture of her family, it is so cute! Just click here and scroll to the bottom! 

Keep posting awesome content! You make it so fun for us to read all your posts! If you can, please link up a specific post. It makes it easier for us to come and visit! 

*Remember YOU can be next weeks winner! :)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Dear Lillian (April)

Dear Lillian, 

Turning two was quite the adventure for you! We loved celebrating you with a Tangled-themed birthday party. You had several of your friends over to enjoy your big day. Zoe, Abby, Elise, Xander, and Kellyn were a few of your guests. Dad made Spring Fling cake (zucchini and fruit) and you ate almost your whole slice! You loved the balloons, cupcakes, presents, and parachute in the back yard. We mostly loved the genuine hug you gave your Daddy and I. 

This month you have become such a big, brave girl. You have learned how to sing, and now sing "Let It Go" from Frozen with all your heart- belting out the ballad like it is your business. We love all the words you say, especially your newest expressions, "Gross", "Help Me", and "Grapes" (what you call blueberries). You also love to say "Go" often, and request the Frozen soundtrack EVERY time we get into the car. You love the words cupcake, pop (short for Popsicle or lollipop), and you now say the ABC's! 

Just this month you weaned. Although you still have a hilarious obsession with "boobies", it is good you no longer scream that word out in public. You eat super well, and your favorite food is rice. I have never seen a kid throw down rice like you can. You also love noodles, grapes, ice cream, and oatmeal. 

You are now afraid of the dark and "monsters". So, for your bedtime routine we do a bath, read you three books, say a prayer to God, and put on your favorite song. You say "Amen" really cute. 

We love taking you to the park, the museum, swimming, hiking, and gymnastics. You just got your last shot, and even though it hurt, you did great. We were so proud of you. 

Daddy and I love you with our whole heart and are so excited to watch you grow into such a fun, beautiful, smart, and sassy little girl. Your energy is out of this world, you are empathetic to those who are sad, and you light up our lives with your little cheeky grin and zealous passion for life. 


Mom and Dad