March 2, 2016

Picking It Up Again

It's been at least two years since I have picked up my crochet hooks and honestly I don't know why I ever stopped. Probably because life is busy and I just couldn't find the time to fit it in after work and with a 5 year old. But we aren't here for excuses, are we...

Two or so years ago I started crocheting a blanket that I'm pretty sure was meant to be for Bentley. I dug it out of a storage tote about a week ago and thought to myself, "Why not pick it up again!?I can make it for Cora!" So here I was trying to warm my fingers up again, as well as try to remember the pattern that I started. (That portion was lost from moving). I figured it out, thank god and after using all the yarn that I has stashed away for it, here's what we ended up with...
Pretty decent size for a baby blanket! After laying it out though, it was just missing something. I mean this is now for my sparkly little girl, it needs something to make it pop! After searching for what seemed hours, I finally made the decision to put a special border around it. I used white to make an extra row and add some dimension, then added a pom pom stitch around in pink! I am in love! What do you think?
Not bad for putting the hooks away for so long. Crocheting is one of those things that just sticks with you though and is ultimately an easy thing to refresh yourself on if need be. 

Logan was pretty impressed too. It'll be special for Cora and last her forever (I could use this blanket for myself, that's how the size turned out.). He wants me to make one for Bentley and us as well! Hopefully Cora will cooperate and stay in my tummy for a couple more months, giving me ample amounts of time to work on these other projects! 

Do you crochet? What are your favorite things to create? 

Get up and craft today!
Katlyn, xoxo

February 29, 2016

Mama Bear Wears

You know that part of pregnancy that really seems to suck.. The part where your body changes, meaning you no longer fit into ANY of the clothes that you own. This normally results in going out and buying ridiculously priced maternity clothing that are not only ugly (in my opinion) but then useless after your wee little treasure is welcomed into the world and you start to go back to your norm.. Well let me tell you how you can completely avoid this and get the cutest clothes that you have ever laid your eyes on!
Please give a warm welcome to LuLaRoe!
 My sister in law (whom is also pregnant and due within a week of us) recently introduced me to this company by hosting an online pop-up boutique. What is this? The funnest way to shop, like ever! It's basically a Facebook group where at a certain date and time the consultant posts what inventory she has available for the party and you comment sold on the pictures! You want to be the first to comment though and make sure to comment on the things you fall in love with because there is a limited quantity of each piece. Not only with the consultant you're partying with, but they only make a max of 1000 prints per pattern, so it's rare to find someone around your area with the same leggings, shirt, or dress as you!  I know, hold your excitement in!!! I am already obsessed...

Oh yeah, remember how I told you about buying clothes that will fit you not only through your pregnancy, but after? Well the leggings are only in two different sizes... One size (00-8/10, some 12) and Tall and Curvy (10/12-18/20, some 22+). Sweet huh? And to top it off they feel like velvet butter! Like you're being swaddled in a cloud. A LEGIT cloud people!! 

As you can tell I'm pretty stoked about these leggings, but they also have other amazing pieces of clothing from skirts to dresses and simply shirts! The amount of creativity this company puts into your hands along with how fun it is to shop for them is something I have never experienced before. I will never go back to boring store shopping!
If you would like to attend an online pop-up boutique, my amazing sister in law has set up a permanent Facebook group that will host them hopefully every 2 weeks! She has FOUR scheduled at this point and most with different consultants from all over the United States to make sure there is a variety in inventory and to make the love go round and round! If you'd like to catch the action click HERE and request an add! Believe me, you want to... Life's a party, dress like it!!!

Passing Beautiful Thoughts Your Way!
Katlyn, xoxo

*This post is purely my own thoughts. I was not compensated. Seriously, check them out.

February 28, 2016

Sir Bentley

This year was also a big one for Bentley. Besides the fact that he's going to be a big brother (which he is thrilled about) he also started going to "big school"! 

As you can tell from the picture below he was SUPER excited. I on the other hand had to put my big girl pants on and wipe away tears as the school bus picked him up that very first day. I am so proud of how he's excelling in his learning and how much he wants to absorb! He is defiantly ready to be in full time school!
One thing we have learned about Bentley is that he is always going 100 miles an hour. He has a hard time calming down and focusing on the task at hand some times and it can also turn his ears on mute... getting him into a whole lot of trouble. 

Something that has really seemed to help him is the behavior charts that they have at school. They start on green and either go up to blue or down to yellow and even red when behaviors get too bad. It gives him a goal to reach towards each day and he loves coming home and seeing me become giddy with joy over his green and blue days! February was an amazing one for him! He got all blue and green days!!! That's a big accomplishment for him!
I really recommend implementing color charts at home too, even before school starts! I know it's something we are going to put into action with not only Bentley but as Cora gets to that age. Keep the peace and as much sanity as we can!

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Another thing...
Bentley is 5!!! I know, calm yourself. 
Where the heck did the time go!? I mean seriously this is not okay.. I'm pretty sure it was only yesterday when I found out I was going to have a little sir. This needs to slow down or I'm going to loose it I tell you!

For his 5th birthday party he decided he wanted to have a shark theme! It was pretty fun and gave us a reason to have a pool party for him since he has a December birthday! It turned out very cute and I was pretty proud of myself, since it was the first party I ever planned outside of a home/family party! *Pats self on back* I now know I am capable of anything! 

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To top off the beginning of the year, Bentley also started loosing his baby teeth!
I know, he's 5.. It's too soon.. I actually questioned if he bumped his teeth at school when the first one started to wiggle.. I did not believe he was old enough at all to be loosing them. The dentist put my mind at ease though. Thank heavens for people who actually know what is normal. God only knows normal is not my thing.

There you have it. Everything you need to know to get at least a little caught up on the little goon. He brings so much love, joy, and humor to our lives. Hang on to your hats.. He'll most likely knock them off! 

Ta-Ta For Now!
Katlyn, xoxo

February 27, 2016

Adding Some Sparkle

Five years. That's how long I have been in a house being the only female. (Well besides Elena, but let's be honest...) And now it's all going to change. 2016 is a big year for our family. One that I have been waiting so long for. One that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Why you may ask?
We're expecting a GIRL!!!
We decided to start trying for another baby in August. I went in to get my birth control taken out and once it was gone, BOOM! we were pregnant! I mean it wasn't even 2 weeks later... When I took the pregnancy test I just looked at Logan, laughed, and said "could you imagine how many kids we would have if we didn't use birth control!?"  I was honestly a little shocked at how fast it happened, but feel oh so blessed! 

I am now 28 weeks pregnant!! We found out we're having a little girl and we are naming her Cora! And  to top it off, this pregnancy is considered high risk. Scary to hear, I know. 

You see, my cervix don't want to cooperate this time around. They think it'll fun to start shortening before their time and because of that I have been placed on semi-strict bed rest for the remainder of my pregnancy.

So... In the spirit of wanting to be able to document my children's lives, this blog has been "reborn"! Perfect timing huh?

I am a little disappointed that I have gotten rid of past posts (well some of them) for the fact that that was the time when Bentley was little and I have kind of lost that. Lesson learned. Mom fail. But here's to growing up, learning lessons, and looking forward to the future. *Raise glass of sparkling grape juice* Cheers!!

Sending Sparkles Your Way!
Katlyn, xoxo