5 on Friday

What a busy life we lead! I am so ready to be in my own home and have a solid routine down again. It is tough when you live in someone else's home and you cannot really count on things being the same all the time. Though living with Tim's parents during this time has been a HUGE help with getting used to two kids. I will miss the help when we move out...

I decided to do a little 5 on Friday today... Here you go :)

Mason cracks me up. He says the other day -- "Mommy look at me I am like daddy"
A couple week earlier he was next to Tim standing just like him.

As you can tell from the top photo he dresses himself. I personally would not have gone with the lime green shirt over the red and grey, but to each their own. He has this thing lately about wearing two to three shirts. It is hot in my in-law's house and he is walking around like we are in the arctic.

Unless it is time to go to the beach...
He told Tim to get on the blanket he put on the floor, they were at the beach.

Tim and I are going to finish our Christmas shopping tomorrow morning. We are also going to pick out our tile, kitchen faucet, and our new bedroom set. I am pretty excited about this :) My mom and her boyfriend said that they would buy us a new bedroom set (our first new one) for our house warming gift.

It is nice to get out of the house together with no kids even just for a couple hours.

I am getting more and more anxious the closer we get to living in our own house again. Our builder said he is shooting for the second week in January to get us in there. I met with the kitchen designer the other day so that ball is rolling. I am so ready to start moving our things. This nice weather we are having in Upstate NY is definitely helping things move along. Fingers crossed we continue with the nice weather.

I cannot believe that Christmas is a week from today! This year has flown by, 2016 is going to be an amazing year and a new chapter in our lives. It is pretty exciting :)

What is something you are looking forward to in 2016? 

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Patience is a Virtue

At the beginning of July an offer we had on a house fell through so we decided to build. We did not end up closing on the land we were buying until the end of September. Our builder waited patiently for two months for the land to be ours.

Now that construction is underway I feel more anxious than I was before I think.

These photos are from the week of Thanksgiving.
This is my kitchen...
My living room... That was just a normal window until I saw our builder's home, then I change it to a bigger window.
Instead of a concrete retaining wall for the walk out basement our excavator guy wanted to use rock. He did not charge us extra so we said sure. I love how it came out.

On Black Friday we went to the house to meet with the electrician and I ended up adding about $1000 onto our total. Oops :)

Originally when you walked into our front door you walked into a door in front of you and a closet door on the right (living room on the left.) I thought that seemed a little closed off and cramped. I asked our builder if it would be possible to open up half of the wall later on and expose the staircase. He told me it would be better to do it now. The doorway in front of the front door leads to the attic.

My vision was to open up half the wall and have a banister and just open up that area a little. Tim asked how much it would be to open it up so I asked. I was told $1500 so I said never mind and then our builder went down to $1000 because I think he knew I really wanted it. He went over to Tim and told him it was cheaper than a divorce... he is a funny guy sometimes.
I tried to give you all a visual here in the photo -- my paint skills are about the same as they were 20 years ago hehe. I cannot wait to decorate for Christmas next year on that banister :)

Tim is loving me in this process. He told me it needed to be done before I get any more ideas.

These photos are from this past Saturday. The roof is all shingled and the siding should be going on today. The windows and doors were put in yesterday.
I do have to admit, I was skeptical when our builder said this would be a stress free process, but he was right. The only stresses I have had have to do with the power company and the bank at one point. The actually building of the house has been fun and easy going.

I am trying to be patient, but it is very hard. I just want my own home again.

Have you ever built a house? If you could build a house what would be one thing you had to have in it? 

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Great Weekend

I have been slacking again. Life is so hectic right now with building a house, living with my in-laws, adjusting to having two kids, and work it is hard to fit it all in at times. I am going to try to get more posts in during the week. I like blogging and I miss it!

What a great weekend we had.

Friday night we went to the Christmas tree lighting in our home town. It was amazing, more so than last year. They have put the lights to music and it was great. Mason loved it. We plan on going to see it a couple more times. You can park near the Veteran's Park and tune into a radio station at the top of every hour from 5p-9p and watch the show. All volunteer work, it makes you appreciate the small town we live in.
We hung out with Tim's brother. We watched the parade bringing Santa to the park and then before we got in line to see Santa we asked Mason if he wanted to see him. He said no and we did not want to push it so we did not end up seeing him.
We did make our way to the other events in the village. We walked down to the Slate Valley Museum to see the "Festival of Trees" and to do the children's slate activity. We made a Christmas tree out of  a pine cone (I forgot to get a photo).

Then we went to the Pember Library & Museum for the "Festival of Wreaths." As soon as we walked in Tim's brother and Mason went up the stairs to the library. I had taken Mason to the Museum last year and he was fascinated, but Friday night he was so excited. He kept going to every animal and getting very excited.

Here he is telling Uncle Mikey what bears do. He saw the "tick tock crocs" on the table to the left and started saying "Arghhh I'm Captain Hook."
Then we came to the big bear. He was excited to see it.
Owen was great throughout the night. I wore him in the carrier the whole time and he did not fuss one bit. I love my Lillebaby Complete Carrier, it was so worth the money. My back never hurts and Tim wears it too.


Saturday I did not take any photos, but it was a great day. My cousin watched the boys for the day while Tim and I went Christmas shopping. It was nice to just have a day with just him. We usually have at least one of the kids, but not Saturday.

We laughed, we talked, we had fun buying gifts, and we were happy to be home with the boys at the end of the day. I am a firm believer in taking time for your marriage without your children, even if it is just for 9 hours. It makes a world of difference.


Sunday morning we were lounging around the house when Tim's mom said she thought we should go to see the Santa that was going to be at a local Garden Center that afternoon. She knew a few people that have been there and they loved it.

Tim went on a squad call so while he was gone I decided that was what we were going to do after lunch. I bathed both of the boys and got them dressed nice. When Tim got home I broke the news to him that we were going to attempt a Santa visit.

I looked up on Facebook how much it would cost and was surprised that you could either get a sheet of prints for $12.99 or take your own photo for a donation. The proceeds were going to a community center in the town. I paid a total of $26 for 2 sheets of 3 4x6s and it was so worth it. I will never go back to the mall, I will definitely go back to this Santa event next year.
The best part was that Santa was so nice. I had to run out to the parking lot to get Tim and Owen. Owen started fussing so we were just going to do Mason, but Santa told me to go check to see if Owen was better after some food. He was and Mason waited with Santa (I was shocked) while I ran outside to get them. 

It was an all around nice Chistmas-ey weekend.

We are having so much fun as parents this time of year. :)

What is your favorite part of this time of year? 

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Before You Shop...

Before you go shopping this weekend check this out...

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back
Click photo to sign up - doesn't cost a thing!

Ebates is great. I just earned over $140 back with my purchase at Sears. A lot of us shop online during the holidays and it is a great way to beat the crowds. Now you can get rewarded for shopping online.

My advice is to install Ebates on your browser so it will show you what stores have what percentage of cashback when you search for things in Google and it will ask you to activate the cash back when you go to a website. This way you will not forget to use it and get money back!


Beachbody is having their annual holiday sale right now and you can grab some great programs at discounted prices!
Feel free to email me for more details { nutmeg0507@gmail.com }


A few of my Black Friday tips: 

  • Don't wait in line anymore - only wait in line if it is a local store that does not have a major online presence. Most of the deals can be found online.
  • Don't pay full price - a lot of stores get you to come in for sales and when you are caught up in the hype you may pick up things that are not on sale yet. 
  • Shop the deals before you go. If you can get something online with free shipping why not shop in your pajamas while still in bed? 
  • Have fun - I have gone black Friday shopping the last few years because it is fun to get out there with a friend and be in that atmosphere. We do not go super early which makes it much more enjoyable. 

We have a meeting with our electrician on Friday morning to do an initial walk through of the house so I will probably not be going out shopping.

What are your plans for Black Friday? Do you start shopping on Thanksgiving? I miss when Black Friday started around 3-4 am on Friday.

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Like Father, Like Son

How is it Monday already? This weekend went by way too fast. I have today off, but I have a few things on my to do list, thankfully all of it can be done from home. A workout is definitely on the list. I am really enjoying my workouts and getting back into that routine.

Saturday I managed to get a few workouts in. I changed into my workout clothes and went to it. I started with the Pilates Fix. When I was done Mason was playing nicely and Owen was fast asleep so I decided to do 10 minute abs. After that was done the boys were still good so I decided to do one more workout - the Yoga Fix. That felt soo good to get that stretch in. My core was feeling it yesterday, but it was worth it.

I finished just in time because Tim and his brother came in from hunting for a snack after I got done with my shower. I looked in the kitchen at one point and saw this...
Like father, like son! Mason even has his leg crossed like daddy. He is always copying him and I find it adorable.

After this snack I took Mason to my mom's for a sleepover. I forgot his blankie - eek. He did fine without it, but my mom was nervous.

Owen, Tim, and I went looking for a bed for our room Saturday night. Owen was dressed nice and cozy in a fleece outfit with little ears on the hood :)
I really want a storage bed, but the nice ones are so expensive. I found a few I like, but I also found a few sleigh beds that I love! We decided that if we can find a sleigh bed that we like and the matching bedroom set is not at a crazy price we could get a whole set instead of just the bed. When we moved out of our house we got rid of our old full bed so we really need something before we move into our house.


I am currently taking a Sports & Exercise Nutition class for certification. Living Social had a deal on it so a few of us beach body coaches decided to take it. I am finding it very informational and helpful with understanding how the body works and how food fuels it. I have been out of college for six years (say what?!?!) and I am surprised at how much I like taking a class again. I have seven more classes to go...  wish me luck.

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Ozzie - 2 Months & a Challenge

I am a few days late with this, but life seems to have become hectic.

Owen is not over 2 months old. He is growing like a weed and I think he is growing faster than Mason did at this age. He is already in 3 month clothing and it fits well. This outfit was Mason's and Mason was four months old when he wore it.

Mason is still such a great big brother. He tries to help every chance he gets. He does get jealous at times which is understandable. He gets in his three year old moods as well that are not fun, but we work through them. 

Owen started smiling a week or so ago. We have noticed a lot more facial expressions, some are quite comical. He has also started grabbing toys more and following them when we move them in front of him.

This is a normal sight in our house. It doesn't matter who is holding him he wants to nuzzle into your armpit. The other day he kind of blew his nose all over Tim's shirt. Laying him flat on his back also seems to calm him.

I had to compare these two with the same hat on. I did not realize when I posted this on my Facebook that they are the same ages in the photos. I had people guess who was who and both grandmothers got it wrong.
Mason is on the left and Owen is on the right. 

How am I doing?

I have weened off pumping. It was getting to be too much. I am working on a post on how I did it and what worked for me. I feel good not doing dishes constantly and not finding a spot to pump every few hours. This is personal preference and I feel every woman needs to do what feels best for her.

I feel great. I am happy to be working out again. I cannot wait to get back into shape. I like having a little workout buddy this time around.

Side Note:

A friend and I are hosting a challenge between Thanksgiving and Christmas. There is no need to wait for the New Year to make a change, Why not now?
Joining this challenge group gets you a support group on Facebook, Muah as your primary coach, portion controlled meal plans, and 30 minute at home workouts that aim to get you in shape! 

This is perfect timing as well because this month you can get the 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme or the new dance workout CIZE for only $10 with your purchase of shakeology! Email me {nutmeg0507@gmail.com} for details how! *You must have one of these programs & have me as coach join this challenge*  

Come join us & enjoy this holiday season instead of over indulging and regretting it come January!

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Mr July...

I walked out to my car this morning at 5 and was shocked. It was warm out, my car read 52 degrees! Weird weather we are having here for mid-November. 

Yesterday was a little chilly, but that did not stop us from getting out and about. I could not get up with the alarm to work out yesterday morning. My body just wanted to sleep so I let it. I made myself a Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Banana shake for my breakfast on the go. Owen had his 2 month check up yesterday and Mason had his flu shot. 
I picked Tim up from work on the way to the doctor's office - no way was I doing all those shots alone. Owen and I went in to the room for his appointment and Tim took Mason for his shot. I teared up when Owen started crying with his shots, but he was better after I held him and fed him in the room.

I came out to find Tim and Mason walking around outside. I asked Tim how it went, fearful that there was a meltdown and he said it went fine. It was worse on the nurse that does not like doing pediatrics than it was on Mason. Apparently he did not even flinch or cry when she gave him the shot. He had to show Nain and Pops when they got home from work what a brave boy he was.
Owen was a little fussy last night, but after some Tylenol he slept through the night like he has been doing for the past week.

I got my workout in yesterday when we got home from running around. It was the Lower Fix and my legs were burning during it! What a work out, Phew. I did not get up this morning to work out because I went to bed late. I have to work until 6 pm then I have an EMS training to go to at 6:30 so a workout might not be in the mix for today. I am feeling good about working out. I cannot wait to be back where I was over a year ago - hooked on working out daily.

I was taking my dreaded "before" pictures last night. While I was trying to set up my phone to take the photos Mason stood where he saw me standing and wanted me to set the timer.
Then while I was taking my photos he ran upstairs and came back down in shorts "like mommy." He came down and started posing all over the living room. Meet Mr July...


Have you seen this video? Alanis Morissette remade her "Ironic" lyrics to fit in today's world. I found it funny and so true. I loved and still love her songs. James Corden is also pretty funny.

I watched this next video this morning and could not stop smiling. What a great reaction and a great way to announce the pregnancy. 

Any You Tube videos you are loving lately? Share the link below :) 

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