Have you seen me? Hello?


{Sophie the missing Giraffe!}

I have looked EVERYWHERE and cannot find Sophie! I brought her to my Grandma’s for Mother’s Day and haven’t seen her since. I’m always so good at keeping track of her… Baby needs to chew on her!

I bet she’s under something in this messy house of mine. Maybe I’ll find her soon. I hope! Look how lost Ruari looks without her… ๐Ÿ˜‰


{Ruari at 20 weeks}

Click here to see my previous Product Review on Sophie the Teether Giraffe.

By the way, we had a lovely weekend. The weather was very nice! The forecast for this week is sunny and in the 70’s! Wow, what a great week.


{Tummy time}


{Baby’s drink. Mommy’s Drink}


{Taking a snooze outside with mommy}


{Zzzzzzzzz….}


{Ruari and mama}

I hope you all had a lovely and joyful weekend!

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Simplicity cell phone photo challenge: What makes me happy?


{Mike’s wine and the sunset: September 2008}

This challenge is a little unique. We have to take a cell phone photo of what makes us happy. Well, my lame phone takes photos… but, I cannot figure out how to get the photos off of this phone onto my computer! So, we’ll have to do a little flashback to September 2008 (This is when I had a cool iPhone. I don’t know why I ever switched!). This challenge was inspired by the book: The Best Camera is the One That’s With You. I am really going to have to check this book out!

Mike and I were in Greece for our honeymoon. My camera decides to break on our 2nd night there! So, here we are in Greece with only a cell phone for taking photos. We did get a ton of great photos with it though! This one was taken from our hotel balcony of the sunset over the Caldera. So pretty! *What makes me happy is watching the sunset with my hubby and a nice glass of wine.*

And, there was a really sweet couple from California that let us borrow their camera for the remainder of our trip since they were headed home! Can you believe it? That was amazing. We were able to take photos on our honeymoon with a real camera. When we got home we sent back their camera with a bottle of wine. That was sooooo nice!

Let’s see what you can do:

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Monday’s My Pick: Preserve Jr. Toothbrush!


{Preserve Jr. Toothbrush}

I try to recycle as much as I can! Every scrap of paper… every soup can… So, when I found out about the Preserve toothbrushes, I was so excited! I know… I’m easily excited! ๐Ÿ˜‰

These brushes handles are made from 100% recycled plastic. AND, when you are done with that toothbrush you send it back to them and they recycle it again! Another fun fact: Preserve also donates a portion of the Jr. Toothbrush profits to the National Wildlife Foundation.

Can’t find anywhere to recycle those #5 plastics? Preserve will take them! Click here to find a drop off site. Click here to buy these toothbrushes!

I think I’ll get some of these toothbrushes for myself. Ruari’s gummy mouth isn’t quite ready for a toothbrush yet!

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Photo Challenge: Curiosity…

This weeks challenge: Curiosity…

Since this is a mama blog all the challenges will be based around your children. Now, I’m not too picky on what you call your children. As far as I’m concerned my cats and dog are my kids too!

Take or find a photo that shows curiosity. A curious child… a curious situation… maybe a photo you’re curious about what’s going on…

Here’s my example of Curiosity:


{Ruari and her foot at 17 weeks}

Ruari still can’t grab her feet on her own, but she LOVES it when I show her them! Curious little feet… What are those things?

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There always has to be rules… I know, boring right? But, it’s to help me and you. ๐Ÿ™‚ Click on the link for more details… Click here to see last weeks winner… All photo entries need to be in by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on May 14th…
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And, the winner is….


{Photo challenge link}

Monster from Six Cherries on Top! Seriously hard to decide! There was so much joy in all of the photos. I loved it! (Click here to see all of the other amazing photos).

Congrats Six Cherries! You’re little Monster is so cute and joyful! Please check out her blog, it’s lovely. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sadly, there are no prizes this week. Just the excitement of winning! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Feel free to grab a “fact: I’m awesome” button below. Because: you ARE awesome! And, thank you SO much for participating!

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Please check out this weeks photo challenge: “curiosity”


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Flashback Friday … What will life be like?

Another week down! It’s a Friday and that means Ruari is another week older. That makes her 20 weeks! Woot… Now, do I call her 5 months old today… or do I have to wait till the 18th to call her 5 months hmmm….?

Enough of that. On to my flashback:


{Just minutes after the proposal…}

This weeks flashback takes place in August 2007. Mike had FINALLY finished school and we had both moved back to Oregon from Washington. We decided to take a lovely vacation to Canon Beach. Little did I know that this was to be the weekend that Mike proposed! Took him long enough (we had been together for 5 years at that point)! ๐Ÿ˜‰

{Haystack Rock and beautiful weather!}

The weather was amazing! I remember that week being VERY rainy at the beach, but we arrived Friday to amazing sun all weekend long. It didn’t start raining till the day we left.


{Enjoying s’mores on the beach with some wine}

Looking back at these photos reminds me of all the thoughts and fantasies the proposal brought up. We were starting a life together and all I could think about was the house we were going to buy, the amazing wedding, and the kids we would have.

If I could go back in time to this 2.5 years ago version of myself, what would I tell myself of the future I would have?

– Maybe that planning a wedding is a pain, and to not worry about it too much. Go to Vegas! ๐Ÿ˜‰
– You’ll find that perfect house… but it will cost a lot of money! No landlords to call when something breaks!
– Don’t eat that one dinner in Greece that made you sick for 2 days.
– Keep your eye on that brown jacket you’re wearing… cause now I can’t find it. ๐Ÿ™
– Get in shape before you get pregnant… Seriously!
– You’re going to have a difficult pregnancy, but don’t worry. It is worth it.
– Would I tell myself I almost die during my first daughters birth? Maybe not. How about: your birth will be VERY rough, but things turn out well and you’ll heal.
– Put your retainer in a safe place before surgery. Where is that thing?
– You will have an amazing baby girl that completely changes your life for the better.
– This daughter will frustrate you and make you want to pull your hair out when she screams for hours or wont stay asleep at night… but then she’ll smile and you’ll forget all about it.
– Basically: There will be some really tough spots in the next 2.5 years… but, you will make it through and you’ll be very happy! This little girl you have and your husband erase all the bad.

Happy Mother’s Day to me and all you amazing mama’s out there!


{Ruari at 20 weeks}

By the way… Tia: That was SOOOO sweet! Thank you for the mother’s day card. I LOVED it!

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