Disneyland Recap

This past weekend we took Rylee to Disneyland for the first time with my whole family – mom, dad, both sisters and both their boyfriends. Needless to say it was quite an experience. When my friends all told me their kids had a blast when they went the first time and they loved the characters and got perfect pictures, I was hoping for that kind of experience with Rylee, but what we ended up getting was a fussy baby half the day who wouldn’t smile for any pictures lol. I was racking my brains out trying to figure out why she wasn’t having a good time and then it dawned on me – we were with a big group of people vs just the three of us. We were on everyone else’s schedule and not Rylee’s.

It was a lot for her to take in and I’m sure overwhelming. We went first thing in the morning and left really late at night. The biggest thing was everyone was trying to make the most of their ticket (rightfully so) and we ended up riding only a few rides and saw three characters. The biggest mistake in my opinion was going with a big group. I’m already planning our Disney Do-Over trip which will include being on Rylee’s schedule to ensure she enjoys it herself!

But I am really happy that we got to experience Disneyland with my family because now we know that although more people means more help during the day, it also calls for a stressful day overall. There was a moment that melted my heart though and it was at the end of the night after we rode It’s a Small World and I had bought Rylee a Dumbo plush and when I gave it to her, her face had lit up more than we’d seen all day! A simple toy was more than enough for her.

Holiday Gift Guide – His & Her

Hey there loves! The holidays are quickly approaching us and I’ve decided to do a little series of gift guides to help you find the perfect gift. I got such a great response from all of you that I’ll be sharing His & Her gift guides today. Stay tuned for more gift guides in the upcoming weeks for the whole family & much more. If there’s anything you’d like to see in particular, let me know!

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  1. These chunky knit blankets are all the rage right now and I don’t hate it. They’re comfy, cute, & I’m sure your S/O wouldn’t mind cuddling in this during the cold season!
  2. With all these new & big phones making it’s debut, it’s getting harder and harder to hold your phone. Loopy Cases are seriously the best and so convenient. It’s not an eyesore on your phone case and it’s truly functional.
  3. Need I say more? I mean, Joanna Gaines, right??
  4. I recently got on the Hydroflask binge and I gotta say, I love mine! I know yours will too!
  5. Comfy loungers/joggers are seriously what we all live in during our off days. I’m not a fan of the baggy sweat pants, but these joggers are the best!
  6. I received this Marc Jacobs hydrating lip gloss over the summer and I could not stop using it. This is perfect for the women who like a little color on their lips, but also keeping their lips hydrated!
  7. For all my boho babes out there, these Macrame wall hangers are the cutest and make for the perfect gift!
  8. Since I’ve been a SAHM, I live in sweaters these days. There’s no question that a fuzzy sweater is considered inappropriate.
  9. I’m alllll for mommy & me outfits and these Mama Bear & Baby Bear shirts are great for dressing up or down! (website is currently being renovated so I linked their Instagram for you instead)
  10. Mules are trending this year for sure! I’ve seen so many different kinds and love them all.

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  1. I’m a big fan of the scoop neck hoodies. I think all men look good in them and I’ve stolen my husbands own and I’d say they’re pretty comfy too!
  2. For the sporty men in our lives, these dri-fit long sleeves are perfect for working out or just to casually wear out.
  3. I’m a sucker for a man who dresses up! These dress shirts from Express are a great gift because you can pair it with some really great accessories.
  4. Running shoes are never a bad idea because guys wear their shoes out so quickly. Under Armor shoes have booted out Nike in my hubby’s opinion, but these kicks are sure to make your man happy.
  5. We all love gadgets that make our lives easier. What better way to show convenient than by giving him a gooseneck tablet mount?
  6. Belts! It’s such a simple gift that not a lot of people give, but should because men are always in need of a new leather belt.
  7. This backpack-duffle bag is so cool! It’s literally great for any kind of man.
  8. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! I’ve learned that my husband loves the smaller Hydroflasks because it’s easier to carry. Either way, a Hydroflask is a win-win.
  9. A well dressed man can never have too many ties.
  10. Not all of them wear them, but beanies are a simple, yet great gift!
  11. And last, but not least….. a hands-free belt satchel otherwise known as a fanny pack or as the hipster kids these day say, a hip pack.

Because Life.

Happy Friday, Loves! It’s been a long month and every time I try and stay committed to writing a few times a week, well life happens. Let’s be honest, blogging regularly with a toddler is not an easy task and for those mamas that do it, I seriously applaud you!

Let’s update you shall we? Since my last “how’s life?” post, a lot has happened. Rylee is a well oiled running machine. She’s anywhere and everywhere these days! Who needs the gym when you’ve got a toddler to chase all day? She’s growing so fast that sometimes I still can’t believe all the things she’s learning to do. She knows basic sign language – eat, more, all done, and please and she’s learning how to spot different fruits when placed in front of her. We’re able to tell her things and she somehow understands it. She throws tantrums in public and has definitely learned how to scream at the top of her lungs.

I’m also now a Stay At Home Mom – full time. This is probably the question most people are wondering since just a few months ago I was raving about leaving the corporate life for a doctors office and out of nowhere I was posting stories to my Instagram on a random Tuesday morning, then again on Wednesday, and Thursday, etc… There’s no sob story here other than it wasn’t working out. I was there for about a month and a half and then I was told I wasn’t a fit for the position or the company. There was no misconduct or anything, I was just let go of. Until today, it’s still a huge mystery and shock to me, but it was a blessing in disguise. Our goal has always been to get me to stay at home with Rylee and even though this wasn’t the way we wanted it to happen, it did and here I am today, spending everyday with my little BFF!

The transition from working for 15 yrs to being a SAHM has been really great, but hard as well. People who think women that are SAHM’s is a luxury, well let me tell you – it’s not. I’m not on vacation and going out all the time and doing fun things. I’m literally at home trying to be productive throughout the day, but with a stage five clinger, it is not easy! I’m still trying to find my groove, but it’s hard. Bryce & I are super blessed that we have family that love babysitting Rylee any day or come over when I need some me/we time.

So that’s that. I guess that’s kind of my biggest update. Do I plan on going back to work? Yes, but right now I’m soaking up all the Rylee time I can get. She’s at such a fun and lovable age right now! Any SAHM tips you can share with me?? I’d love to know what your advice is!