3 months.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Hello everybody and welcome to Thursday! 

Our baby girl is THREE months old now.  Time flew with S2, but it's really at warp speed this time around.  I thought I would take a minute to stop and reflect on Baby R at 3 months old.

She smiles, coos up a storm and is generally a pretty happy baby!  She loves laying on the playmat, both at home and at daycare.  She goes to town on all the toys hanging down!  One of the daycare ladies said that she tried to get a picture of her playing but it turned out blurry because she was moving so fast. πŸ˜‚

She had her first cold.  Or allergies?  I'm really not sure.  I'm inclined to think allergies, but then I read an article that said babies don't really get allergies, so I don't know.

She never had a fever and was smiley the whole time, but she had a dry cough, runny nose and a sneeze.  The coughing and sneezing would keep her up at night, which would, in turn, keep us up at night.  Last night, she woke up at 3:30, and I maybe took a little catnap before I had to get up for the day at 6.  So yeah, I'm tired.

And also, can we just segue here and talk about seasonal allergies?  Last year was the first time that I had any allergy symptoms whatsoever, and I'm beginning to think it's hitting me again this year.  Mostly in the form of a sinus headache.  This mama ain't got no time for a headache.  Cue us running the humidifier at full blast and crossing all appendages that this allergy season will soon be behind us.

I think she recognizes all of us now and the way she looks at S2 just melts my mama heart.  I can't wait until she gets older and I get to see their relationship develop.

Speaking of S2, I asked her the other day if we had the cutest baby ever and she totally agreed, so it must be true, right? πŸ˜‰

She is mostly formula fed now (she wasn't gaining on breastmilk and was falling off her growth curve so we had to supplement) and is becoming quite the chunker.  I think she'll be out of 0-3 month clothes pretty soon!  I have quite a few outfits that she hasn't even worn yet because S2 was smaller for longer (I don't think she wore 3-6 until she was 4.5-5 months old).

Baby R, you are the perfect addition to our family!

{gift idea} diy faux flower arrangement.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

So, I wasn't really planning on blogging this because it's not really a tutorial or anything, but as I started setting out my supplies, I thought the process would make a really cute GIF, so here we are. 

Is that a normal thing, to think, hey, this would be a really cute GIF!  I don't think it's normal #graphicdesignerquirk.

Anyway, a couple months ago, my mom sent me a text of a display at Hobby Lobby with the note, "Mother's Day idea."  I'm pretty good at taking hints (I don't think that was so much a hint as a request) so I set out to make it happen.  Here was the inspiration pic:

And here was the finished product!

Mine is quite a big smaller, because really, where would anybody put that GIANT flower arrangement, not to mention, that would cost a month's worth of daycare fees.

So, I picked up the urn one week (when it was 50% off), and the flowers the next week when they were 50% off.  I'm all about those savings.  Except I had to pay full price for the floral foam that I put in the bottom of the urn to hold the stems because I don't think that ever goes on sale.  Always buy things at HobLob when they're on sale.  That's Hobby Lobby shopping 101.  I should teach the class. 😜

So, here's the aforementioned GIF of the process.

I just cut each individual flower stem off the bushel with wire cutters and stuck them willy nilly into the foam until I liked the way it looked. It's probably at least 3 feet tall, maybe taller!

I think it turned out pretty cute, don't you?  It's not really my style (although I do love the blue and yellow colors!), but it's totally 100% my mom's style, which is what matters when it comes to Mother's Day.

Also, this is something that I would have never thought of on my own, so I love that she sent me a *hint.* That way, she gets exactly what she wants and I feel like a good daughter for making it happen. 😊

I have to say, the whole process was very therapeutic and fun and only took about half an hour start to finish.  Do you DIY or BUY for holidays?  I used to DIY much more than I do now (#2kids) but when I get the chance, I still love to give a handmade gift. πŸ’›πŸΊπŸ’™

{lake living loves} athletic apparel from amazon under $25.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Or workout clothes. Or athleisure attire. Or whatever you wear leggings for.

Amazon is quickly becoming a go-to for just about everything in life.  Including clothes.  I mean, who has time to go shopping when you can go clicking?

So for this edition of lake living loves, I thought I'd share my favorite athleisure/athletic apparel, all from Amazon, and (bonus!) all under $25!

1. These have to be my favorite leggings EVER, especially for postpartum.  They come up to right under my ribs and hold me in in all the right places.  They have an athletic mesh detailing down the sides of the legs, are so comfortable, and come in TONS of colors.  All for under $20.  I mean, these are a no-brainer.

2. This top can be worn open in the back, or tied as shown in the picture.  Also comes in several colors.  I like tops like this that can show off your cute strappy bralette, sports bra or yoga bra.

3. Also in tons of colors, this strappy light-support sports bra is adorable, especially in this purple heather!

4. These space dye cropped leggings are so fun. I typically stick with neutral/solid color bottoms that I can wear with most tops, but these are surprisingly versatile and at just $15, are a fun addition to your athletic wear.

5. I haven't given in to this top yet, but honestly, I think it's just a matter of time. I love the exposed shoulder blades for a more fun alternative than your college tee. Also comes in a fun turquoise and a couple neutrals.

6. These Reebok cropped leggings have a higher waist (which, as you'll see, I'm totally into these days - hello squishy baby belly) and are a great basic to have in your wardrobe.

7. A strappy bra for under $10... need I say more?

8. I'm actually wearing a similar style to these cutout leggings right now. If you're like me, there are many parts of your body that you're not totally into showing off - but I think everybody can get behind some shin and/or calf action.  And these are just more fun than your standard black leggings.

9. This tank/bra combo is the best of both worlds - and you only have to put on one garment!  Comes in loads of colors, but I like this aqua one.

10. This loose and flowy tee, with the cutout back, hides the *ahem* poochy baby belly, while letting you show off your cute bra. After all, if you pay for a cute strappy sports bra, you probably want to get credit for it, amiright?

11. I think a Nike sports bra is a staple, and I love this fun coral color.

12. This sports bra actually has a typical bra closure so it's much easier to take off after you get all hot and sweaty at the gym (or in your house, or outside doing yard work, whatever).

I hope you found some good items to add to your workout drawer.  Do you have one of those?  Currently, mine is half of a drawer, next to my pajamas, so I think I need a few more things, don't you? 😜

Thank you for joining me on this Saturday and I hope you have a FANTASTIC rest of your weekend!  We have a busy day, with t-ball pictures, a dance rehearsal, and (hopefully) planting flowers.  Oh and Happy Mother's Day to all the moms tomorrow!

insta update.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Are Thursdays your favorite day of the week?  They're mine.  It's almost the weekend, which comes with all kinds of anticipation of things that we want to do, need to do, have to do, or all the things we'll ignore while having fun.

Fridays aren't as good because it's practically almost the weekend, which means pretty soon it'll be Monday.  So Thursdays are where it's at. 😜

Today I thought I'd share what has been going on over on Instagram lately.  I think I'll try to do these little recaps/updates once a month for anyone who doesn't follow me over there.

  • jenna_lovelakelivingShine on, friends! ✨ How is it Wednesday already? This chick and I just putter around the house all day and then suddenly it’s almost dinner time. No idea where the days go, seriously. #reesewrigley

  • jenna_lovelakelivingThis chick wears an #owlet to bed every night and we’re getting in a pretty good routine where I can put her down around 8:30 and she’ll stay asleep (sometimes she wakes around 12-1, other times she sleeps through until 3-4). Anyway, so I check the #owletbabymonitor app before I get in bed, just to make sure it’s working. Well as I was checking the app, I realized that the bassinet she sleeps in had been hacked! Or so I thought. I could not get the thing to stop rocking so the Owlet would register Reese’s vital signs! A quick Google showed that this is a common problem so I’ll be emailing customer service today but it made me think - in this day and age (yes I’m old), with everything connected to WiFi/Bluetooth, even my baby’s bed could get hacked! Not sure what a hacker would get from keeping my baby rocking all night, but STILL. Legit the first thing I thought. 🀣 Good grief, the things us parents go through these days. #reesewrigley

  • jenna_lovelakelivingGood Saturday morning! I’m solo parenting for most of the day today πŸ’πŸ»‍♀️ so we’re trying to find things to keep us occupied. So far we’ve had breakfast, taken photos in their matching shirts from @target and now we’re playing with the princess castle. How is it only 10am? Should I brave an outing?! I’m not sure I have the nerve... 😳 #targetstyle

  • jenna_lovelakelivingShe’s so magical. πŸ¦„ I got this outfit @belk last weekend, as well as the cuuuuute tassel top that Sydney was wearing, but it’s a lot harder to get a pic of a 4yo. She gets too annoyed with me. 🀷🏻‍♀️ @steven.pennell and I are going out for our first post-baby date night tonight. I’m equal parts nervous and πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ˜ #reesewrigley

  • jenna_lovelakelivingOne perk of going back to work: getting dressed every day! Hope your Monday was just fantastic!

  • jenna_lovelakelivingFirst t-ball game is in the books! I’m not sure she’s the next Jennie Finch but she had fun, I think? Mostly sitting down in the outfield and picking grass. When we got home I asked her why she was sitting down instead of fielding the ball and she said, “I was picking grass to bring home!” “Why?” “Because we don’t have any.” 🀦🏻‍♀️ TouchΓ© Sydney, touchΓ©. All I know is, t-ball is hilarious. ⚾️

jenna_lovelakelivingOlΓ©! πŸ’ƒπŸ» πŸ‡²πŸ‡½ What are you guys up to this #cincodemayo ? We are celebrating consistently sleeping through the night this week. πŸ™ŒπŸ» 

Follow me on Instagram @jenna_lovelakeliving.

a daily routine for working moms.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

If you don't know already, I work full-time outside of the home doing what I love (graphic design, and product design and development).  I love my babies, but I also love my work life.

However you choose to mom, whether you're a SAHM, a WAHM or WOTH (I think I made that last one up, but it's Work-Outside-The-Home), you're doing the right thing for your family!  I hate when I read comments on message boards or social media that make one group of moms feel inferior to another group.  These "Mommy Wars" are ridiculous - we're all just doing the best we can.

So anyway, a dual income household is a reality for us, as it is for a lot of you out there.  However, working outside of the home means that I have to make the most of every minute we are at home - both in the mornings and in the evenings.  Everyone's routine will look different, but I thought it would be fun to share mine, in case it gives you hope that you, too, can juggle a job, a house, a husband and two kids, and not go totally crazy.

I'm going to start when I get off work, and go through when I leave for work the next day - this is our routine "cycle."

5:00 p.m. Leave work and pick up the girls from daycare.

5:30 p.m. The girls and I arrive home, and I change into athletic clothes and start prepping dinner.

5:45 p.m. S1 arrives home and helps with the girls while I finish up dinner.

6 - 6:15 p.m. Dinner and nurse Baby R

6:15 - 7:00 p.m. Family time
This could be riding bikes in the driveway, swinging on the swingset, going for a walk, playing in the playroom, etc.

7 - 7:30 p.m. Bath time
S1 is in charge of baths while I get everything ready that the girls might need for the next day - outfits laid out, dance bag packed, nap blanket washed.  I also take this opportunity to do a quick pick-up around the house.

7:30 - 8:00 p.m. Bed time routine for S2
Cup of milk, book, 10 minutes on ABC Mouse. S1 handles her bedtime routine, while I get the baby ready for bed.

8 - 8:30 p.m. Bed time routine for Baby R
Nurse/bottle, rocking.  I lay her down no later than 8:30, but I try to push this up if possible. Some nights she's sleepier than others.  During this time, S1 will clean up the kitchen from dinner and prep the baby's bottles for the next day (we have to send clean bottles to daycare every day, labeled with her name and the date both on the bottle and the lid).  He'll also prep the coffee for the next morning.

8:30 - 9:00 p.m. Work out
I'm doing the BodyBoss system, so as soon as Baby R goes down, I put on my tennis shoes (remember, I'm already in athletic clothes) and head down to the basement, where we have a treadmill and everything I need for working out.  Sometimes if I can lay her down earlier and it's still light outside (soooo thankful for summer!!), I'll do a quick walk around the neighborhood on my cardio days.

9 - 9:30 p.m. Shower and get ready for bed, including laying out my clothes for the next day
Depending on how sweaty I got, I'll take a shower. Sometimes I'll skip it if it was mostly a strength workout and I didn't sweat that much.  But taking a shower at night means one less thing to do in the morning, so I usually try to fit it in.

9:30 - 10:30 p.m. TV, chill, whatever
S1 and I will try to watch an episode of something on the DVR (we record all of our shows and then watch them later when we have time).  I'm usually exhausted by 10 p.m., but I try to stay awake for a little while. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

10:30 p.m. Bed

~The baby will usually/sometimes wake up once in the middle of the night around 3-ish.  We take turns giving her a bottle or I nurse her back to sleep. Lately she's been mostly sleeping through the night, but don't tell her that, we don't want to jinx it!~

6 - 6:15 a.m. Wake up
I've been using the "Bedtime" feature in the clock app on my iPhone and it's just a nicer way to wake up. It tells me when to go to bed at night to get my optimal amount of sleep based on when I want to wake up.  And it's a nice soothing alarm that doesn't wake Baby R since she sleeps in our room.

6:15 - 7:00 a.m. Get ready for the day
While I'm fixing my hair and doing my make-up, I pump.  Pumping right before work means that I don't need to worry about doing it during my workday.  Baby R had a hard time gaining weight on just breastmilk, so she's about 75% formula-fed and 25% breastfed now, and my supply has adjusted accordingly.

7:00 a.m. Baby is up, and usually my hair and make-up are done but I'm still in my pajamas.  I change her diaper and feed her a bottle while S1 finishes getting ready.

7:10 - 7:30 a.m. Wake S2 and get her ready for the day.  Dressed, teeth brushed, hair fixed, shoes on. We trade off on helping S2 and getting the baby dressed.

7:30 a.m. S1 and the girls are out the door, heading for daycare and work.

7:30 - 7:45 a.m. I get dressed, put my jewelry on, grab my breakfast (usually a granola bar), fill up my Yeti cup, pour the breastmilk I pumped into a storage bag and put it in the freezer, make the bed (usually I just straighten the sheets and pull up the duvet, just so it doesn't look like a total mess), and I'm out the door for work!

12 - 1 p.m.  On my lunch break, I run any errands that need to be taken care of: get gas, stop by the post office, do a return, pick up necessities, etc.

What has really helped us establish this routine is setting alarms on my phone.  I have an alarm that goes off at 7 and says "Baths," one that goes off at 7:30 that says "Bed," and one at 8:30 that says "Put the baby down."  S2 knows when she hears the first alarm that it's time to get in the bath and there is no arguing.  Then when she hears the second alarm, she knows it's time to head to bed.  The third alarm is for me because I could sit there holding a sleeping baby all night long, but I have to put her down if I want to get my workout in.

So that's it, our daily routine.  I always think it's fun to peek into people's day-to-day lives.  If you're wondering when the house gets cleaned and the laundry gets done, we mostly save that for the weekends, unless there's some article of clothing that needs to be washed for a specific reason, then we'll fit in a load during the week.  I typically try not to do laundry during the week because we simply don't have time to wash, dry, fold and put away in the evenings.  So the clothes get washed and dried, then sit in the dryer for days until I remember them and by that time they're wrinkly so I turn the dryer back on and promptly forget about them again and on goes the cycle!  I actually spent my last day before going back to work from maternity leave doing all the laundry in the house.  Laundry is so time consuming!  I would rather clean all the toilets every day than do a load of laundry start to finish.  As far as cleaning goes, when I went back to work, I told S1 that I needed help keeping the house clean.  So now we have a lady who comes once a month to do the deep cleaning stuff, and we're both fairly good about keeping the house orderly day-to-day so it never feels out of control.

Do you have any WOTH mom hacks?  Please share!

{lake living loves} the best printable art for kids' rooms.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Hey and happy Saturday to you!  I don't know if I've ever posted on a Saturday before.  We're entering a whole new world here on LLL. πŸ˜‚ But I think you'll be seeing me on Saturdays quite a bit from here on out because I'm starting a new series called {lake living loves} where I share a roundup of all the things I'm loving that fit into a particular category.

This week it's the BEST printable art for kids' rooms, all from my favorite source for art, Etsy.

I already have a few other categories in mind for the coming weeks, such as athletic/athleisure apparel, coffee-related art/gifts/items/etc., and more!  I'm really excited to share these with you so let's get into it...

The thing I love about Etsy is the instant gratification.  If I have an empty frame I need to fill on my girls' wall, I just pop on Etsy, find one I like, buy it, download it, print it, frame it, DONE.  No waiting for the mailman, plus it's so easy on the wallet!  And usually with art like this, I just want the walls to look cute, I don't necessarily care about high-quality prints to pass down to my children.  So downloading art and printing it on standard computer paper is just fine with me.  But if you do want "real" prints, Etsy has no shortage of those either!

I actually need to update the girls room with some new art - so I'm going to take my own advice here and download one (or more!) of these myself.

1. Aren't these colorful houses SO CUTE?! I can't.

2. What's better than animals blowing bubble gum?  This download actually comes as a set of 3 - perfect for an instant triptych above a crib.

3. I don't know why, but I love koalas. There's just something so cute and cuddly about them.  Lots of other animals available from this seller as well!

4. I have a GINORMOUS map of the United States, but nowhere to put it. I think I could make room for this small and colorful one!

5. This swan print would look so perfect in the playroom, don't you think?

6. I love the typography on this trio of downloadable sunshine art.

7. Something about this parrot just speaks to me. I think it's the bold pinks and graphic nature.

8. Why, hello little bunny. I'm a sucker for any black and white art, which brings me to...

9. Another one.  One of my favorite books to read to the girls is Guess How Much I Love You.  There's just something so sweet and innocent about Little Nutbrown Hare.  I Love You to the Moon and Back print found here.

10. All the Disney princesses are available at this seller. I'm kind of partial to Rapunzel myself.

So what do you guys have planned for this Cinco de Mayo Saturday? It's a low-key weekend here, but there's nothing at all wrong with that. πŸ’ƒπŸ»  

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a toddler girl's spring/summer 2018 capsule wardrobe.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Hello friends!  Last week I shared a baby girls' spring/summer capsule wardrobe and this week, I'm sharing one for the toddler set!

As stated in my original mix-n-match wardrobe post, S2 goes to daycare and thus, her clothes have to be daycare friendly. But that doesn't mean they have to be boring!

I look for fun details on every piece, as well as multifuctionality (that's definitely not a word but let's just go with it here).

All of these items are from Osh Kosh/Carter's, Gap/Old Navy or Amazon.

1.  Yellow goes with almost everything, and the cute eyelet yoke and ruching on this top, as well as the high/low hem, take a simple tank up a notch.

2.  This dress is from Amazon and comes in multiple patterns and colors.  The birds are appliquΓ©d on, so at only $15, it's a real steal.  S2 will wear the #11 playground shorts underneath to make it daycare friendly. 🐦

3.  I buy this same navy blue scooter skort every year.  Navy goes with EVERYTHING and doesn't show stains - win win!

4.  This London tee is so cute!  I bought it because I got a London tee for myself from J.Crew, and #mommydaughtermatching.  Other cities are available though!  She'll wear this with the #7 or #13 shorts. 🎑

5.  There's nothing cuter than girls in overalls.  S2 is old enough now that she can manage going potty with overalls. We had to forgo them for daycare for a couple of years (after she was out of diapers, but before she had the coordination to buckle overalls), but I'm so glad they're back!  These will look ADORABLE with the #8 or #9 tops.

6.  Another dress from Amazon, this time with watermelon slices and a little chest pocket.  She LOVES to wear dresses to school, so while I would have skipped them in the past, I go with it now, just adding a pair of playground/cartwheel shorts underneath.

7.  These sun shorts are my favorites and S2 ends up with multiple pairs each summer. They are so easy to pull on and the fun colors go with more than you would think.  She can wear these with all the tops included, except maybe #12.

8.  This gingham top has pom pom trim around the sleeves and I think it's just the cutest thing EVER. There's also a baby bodysuit version to match. #Idie πŸ’πŸ»

9.  I love the peplum sleeve and soft pink stripes on this top.  I can pair it with any of the bottoms and the cute factor will be out of this world. πŸ€—

10.  "So happy when I dance." I thought of S2 when I saw this because she LOVES going to her ballet/tap class every Tuesday.  She'll wear it with the #7 or #11 shorts. πŸ‘―

11.  I've already mentioned these playground shorts several times, but I buy at least 2 pairs of black and a pair of navy for school, and I also pick up a white pair for church.

12.  Last week I told you guys that I'm having a moment with lemons right now.  The loves continues with this cute and basic tank.  She can wear it with the #3 or #13 shorts. πŸ‹

13.  Every girl needs a pair of chambray shorts.  I avoid true denim shorts because they're not that comfy, but we still need a denim-ish basic that she can wear with most things and these fit the bill.

Okay, so I hope this was helpful!  If so, leave a comment below or pop on over to my Instagram to say heyyyyy. @jenna_lovelakeliving

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