10.13.2014

Book Recommendations {Kristen}


If you guys didn't know already I am quite the reader, so when Kristen from See You In A Porridge sent her guest post to me I got super excited! Us reader's of the world are always looking for our next book to read and the best way to find your next good read is through a friend's recommendation. So once you are done checking out Kristen's must read list, make sure you head over this funny Aussie girl's blog.

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Hi everyone! First I want to thank the lovely, sweet and generous Breanna for having me at her place today, I'm Kristen and I blog about a whole lot of nothing over at See You In A Porridge

I thought because Breanna is going to have nothing but time on her hands once the baby comes (jk!), I would recommend of my favourite a few books to help pass the time.


Now, I love to read almost as much as I love to breathe, so this was no mean feat. But I culled it down to the 10 that I will always recommend if someone is crazy enough to ask.



1. The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society


You can read my full review here if you want, I absolutely adore this book. I can't do it justice - it's fabulous and sneaks up on you and all of a sudden you're in love with it. Positively delightful!

amazon / goodreads
2. North & South

This is like the sister of Pride & Prejudice, so if you like that (I kind of do...) then you will love this one, and the BBC TV series is freaking fabulous. It was originally written as a weekly series and so it can be a bit of a slow start and abrupt end but oh how I adore this book. Some books are classics for a reason!



amazon / goodreads / it's free on kindle!

3. The Time Traveler's Wife

This was my favourite book for so long, and it certainly still has a spot in my heart, er bookshelf. I have gifted this book to several people because I want them all to love it as I do. The movie didn't do it justice, but then - they never do!



amazon / goodreads

4. The Book Thief

I can't even begin to describe this book, but if you haven't read it - you need to, right now! I don't even mind if you stop reading this post, go buy it! It is life changing. It is not the kind of thing I would normally read and I was surprised at how much I loved it. It's one of those books I pick up at least once every couple of months. Again, the movie is good but the book is better!



amazon / goodreads

5. Harry Potter Series

Yeah of course HP is on the list. I can't say anything that hasn't already been said, but if you haven't read HP then I can only think of 2 reasons; you know you won't like it because you know your own tastes, or because you are determined not to jump on that bandwagon. Well I'm here to tell you that bandwagon is a fun one, and a must do before you die. I was so against HP when they first came out that I waited until the 5th book was released before I started reading them - they are well written, have every single quality a book can have, and who doesn't want to go to Hogwarts?

amazon / goodreads

6. The Bronze Horseman Trilogy

If you like romance.. behold, the best love story ever told. Ok, the best love story I have ever read. I love almost all of Paullina Simons' books, including The Girl in Times Square and Tully, but the Bronze Horseman Trilogy is my absolute fave. 



amazon / goodreads

7. The Fault in Our Stars


This is probably the newest book on the faves list, but it was so good, I just can't help it. I mean, you've probably heard of it, right? Yeah it's a movie (haven't seen it), it's sad, you've probably heard of John Green.. I just loved this book. I read it after a few let downs and so maybe I was blown away because of that, but I just think it is so well written. I laughed, I cried, I annoyed my husband by constantly reading out my favourite lines. Just have a box of tissues handy.

amazon / goodreads

8. The Other Boleyn Girl

Another movie you've probably heard of. The Other Boleyn Girl started my love affair with historical fiction, which then led me to actual classics like P&P. You can't really go wrong with any of Philippa Gregory's books and I have read a good chunk of them, but this one is my fave. 



amazon / goodreads

9. The Memory Keeper's Daughter

It shocked me to see the not so stellar reviews on amazon for this book. I read it when I was younger and clueless about a lot of things, including babies and myself and what I would do if I had a child with down syndrome. It really opened my eyes and made me think outside of my own bubble.



amazon / goodreads

10. Pride & Prejudice

Now, if you have ever read my blog you know I couldn't do a list of favourite anythings without Pride & Prejudice. You might have heard of it, you might have read it, you might have seen a movie or TV series. You might think it's boring - it's no 50 shades, that's for sure - or not your thing. I won't lie, it's not a book you can pick up and space out and not really pay attention. I have read it so many times that the language and words are normal to me. But if I can recommend any book in the whole world for anyone to read - it's this one. Austen writes about romance,  manners, upbringing, moralityeducation, and marriage in the early 19th century. I think it is funny, sexy, intense and life changing. In my humble opinion, it is the best book ever written.


this copy from B&N / amazon / only $1 on kindle! / goodreads

If you could recommend just one book, what would it be?

10.11.2014

A Little Weekend Reading


Love this picture.  Cozy, rainy autumn day.  Right at the beginning of the school year when you're not over-loaded with work.  You have just enough homework to keep you interested and just enough extra time to walk a little slower on the way back from class and enjoy the crisp day right after the rain.


1. Fall is (kind of) in the air and to celebrate I bought myself a pair of these

2. Super excited to make this shirt

3. I'm hoping I will have time to read this book 

4. I want these shorts so bad!


6. Ok I'm sorry but I can see someone getting stuck in a doorway or something with hair like this




10. I'm super tempted to cut my hair like this

10.09.2014

TOP Baby Gift Ideas {Miss Tweedle}


Baby shopping for a friend or family member can be really difficult if you have never had a baby before. (pointing at myself right here) I always wanted to get them something useful that wouldn't just gather dust in a closet but I never knew just what that was. I generally just gave up and went with the safe option of diapers because I figured that was something they could never get enough of. Thankfully the wonderful Miss Tweedle has all of us clueless childless or brand spanking new mamas covered with her list of her top baby gifts for soon to be mamas (and papas). I just wish I had this list back when I was baby shopping for everybody!

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Hi everyone! I am Miss Tweedle, Breanna’s blogger friend and I am posting here today about baby gifts! As you know, Breanna is going to be receiving some of these special gifts pretty soon! 

I blog over at Miss Tweedle about parenting my one-year old baby girl and all things homemaking! 

I feel like I have a good grasp on which baby things are useful to have around, and which ones just end up taking up space. It is nice to indulge your new mama and baby friends a little. They probably already have the essentials which were likely purchased way in advance of the baby coming. 

I like to pride myself on picking excellent gifts for all occasions and the baby department, especially after having my own baby, is no exception. There are a bazillion cute things you can buy for a baby, some of them are also useful, and some of them are adorable, but really not practical at all. Here are my top picks for stylish, affordable, luxurious and SUPER useful baby gifts that parents will love!


Super Soft Baby Blankets- Baby blankets are a dime a dozen. I have SO MANY. It’s often the first thing people think of when they think baby: blankies! While most of them are really sweet and cuddly, I only found that I used certain ones. I swaddled my baby and as everyone will say, the Aden and Anais Swaddle blankets really are THE best. They are big enough to wrap baby tightly, soft, they wash well and they come in beautiful fabrics. I also used my stroller a lot and the other blanket I used all the time was a super thick and soft plushy one (brand was Kyle and Deena). All the other blankets I had barely were used as in reality, babies don’t really use blankies! Aden and Anais is available in many baby stores, in their online store and on amazon. Kyle and Deena is sold in TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Winners and Ross as well as on Amazon.


Zebra Blanket Blue
A Baby Sleep Sack- Most parents put their babies to sleep in sleep sacks instead of using blankets as it ensures they won’t kick the blankets off in the night. There are several different kinds of sleep sacks available all over the place. Our favourite brand is “Dee Dee” which is found on amazon. I like it best because it is super plushy and cozy, unlike some that are only made of plain flannel and quite thin. 


A Bathing Suit- Babies in swimming attire has to be one of the cutest things ever! Also something that I didn’t think of buying for my baby at first. I was so happy to have 2 people buy me adorable baby swimwear so my little beach babe was set for her first time swimming! Any kind is fine, but our favourite is the brand “i play” in which the suits come with built in reusable and washable diapers! Bonus! I PLAY can be purchased at Target or from their websitewww.iplaybabywear.com

   

Knit Booties- My daughter Nora wore these booties every day all day and they are AWESOME! This is one of my go-to baby gifts for all babies. They are so soft, warm, comfy and they stay on the baby’s feet! They are especially great to have when the baby is about 6 months or older as that is when they will start to crawl around and try and stand. The leather soles on these booties help baby to stand sturdy! They are found in many boutique baby stores, outdoor stores or on their website at www.padraigcottage.com
Mabel’s Labels- This is something that will come in handy if the baby will be going to day care or preschool or even when they go to school! It’s always nice to label your child’s items so they don’t get lost and these labels are the best! It’s also fun for new Mamas to see their baby’s name on things :) Found at www.mabelslabels.com
Baby Dishes, Spoons and Bibs- Babies need these things before you know it! My daughter started using a sippy cup with water at about 5 months. Baby spoons, mesh teether bags and little plastic bowls are so useful during those first few months of solid foods. As they get a bit older, fun plates and placemats are great too! We love all the Munchkin brand products which are found in all major stores as well as on Amazon.

Parents Magazine- This is a GREAT magazine and I recently bought myself a subscription as I love all the articles so much and everything in it is so helpful. I love reading about other real families and all the tips for every stage of child. My next gift is going to be a subscription to this magazine for sure!


Clothes for Larger Sizes- Everyone always buys babies the cute little tiny things which are so fun to shop for. I had a few people buy me 12-18 month clothing and at the time it was hard to imagine my daughter ever wearing it! However, as they grow out of each size, it has been fun to look in the closet and discover the bigger clothing gifts all over again! Carter’s is always a great go-to for baby and toddler clothing. 

I hope you found this useful and have some ideas for Breanna now :) I would like to wish her good luck with motherhood although I know she won’t need it! She is going to be a great Mama and I can’t wait to read all about it here!

10.06.2014

It's a Blogaversary!


1st Blogaversary

Never ever in my wildest dreams did I think that when I created this blog one year ago I would still be blogging, as well as have my first child in my arms! I originally started this blog as a way to stave off some serious boredom and to sort out some serious feelings, but I never realized that it would become such an integral part of my life. I have met new people and made new friends, learned things from many different bloggers and discovered a lot about myself through this tiny space of internet that I call mine. All I can say is thank you for tuning in this year and I hope you stick around for what is still to come.

So to celebrate let's take a look back at my most popular posts from this past year!

pregnancy announcement
















things no one ever warns you about pregnancy


story time

10.01.2014

My Favorite Baby Items {Brook}


Let's face it, everyone loves shopping for baby gear! However it is very easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer amount of baby items out there - I mean they make everything from really strange snot suckers to special washcloths for the little buggers. (Do we really need special baby approved washcloths anyways?) Well my friend Brook from over at Sunflowers & Love has helped all us future mama's out and picked her favorite baby items because as we all know, a recommendation can sure be helpful when you have NO idea where to start.
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Hey there everyone! My name is Brook from over at another blog, Sunflowers & Love. I'm here to relieve my friend Breanna of her blogging duty, and give her some time with her newborn! Speaking of babies...

Every once in a while I get baby fever, it just happens! Especially once you're married. I'm not planning on having a little one at the moment but a girl can still dream and look at all the cute stuff, right? Here are some of my favorite baby items that I'll most likely be getting for my future little one.





1// Pipila Portable UV Pacifier Sterilizer: It's as awesome as it sounds. Making it easier to clean that dropped pacifier when you're not close to a sink.

2// Baby Bullet by Magic Bullet Complete Baby Food Prep System: You could save tons of money by making your own baby food. Wouldn't you feel better knowing exactly what your baby is eating anyway? You could even go another way and use a normal bullet, and just buying the Baby Bullet Storage System.

3// Graco 4Ever All-in-One Convertible Car Seat: This car seat can be used for a long time. From newborns to young kids, it has four different stages. I also like that it has cup holders attached. 

4// Graco Monroe Tote Diaper Bag: I love seeing diaper bags that don't look so plain and actually have style to them. This one isn't just stylish though, it seems to have a very good amount of room for all the babies items.

5// Summer Infant Baby Wave Deluxe Digital Audio Monitor with Controlled Nightlight & Two-Way Communication: I'm a fan of the normal audio monitors. The video ones creep me out because I have heard stories of people hacking the cameras. Not cool. This can tell the temperature of the babies room, has two way communication, and a nightlight on the monitor. 

6// Graco Pack'N Play Playard with Newborn Napper: I love the fact that you can use this for multiple years. From when the baby is a newborn to a toddler. It has a bassinet, changing station, and can be used for the baby to play in. Plus more features, including the fact that it folds up for storage. 

7//  Button Front Oxford BodysuitJust one of the cutest little onesie I have ever seen. Can't you just picture dressing up a little man in this? Adorable.

8// Delta Bennington Bell Curved Lifetime Crib: I love the look of this crib. The fact that once you don't need it to be a crib anymore and it can turn into a daybed, toddler bed, and full size headboard with footboard is a plus. 

What are some of your favorite baby items?

9.29.2014

And It's A...


If you haven't noticed I've been a little MIA lately and as you can probably guess that means there is a new addition to our family! Yay!

Never ever did I think I could love something so much so instantaneously, but I also never realized how much of a time sucker this little goober is. I know we are still trying to get into the swing of things and that getting used to this new lifestyle is going to take a while, but dang! You momma bloggers deserve a SERIOUS award or something very, very special.

So now this begs the question, boy or girl? Did Blondie and I have a little Jackson or Olivia?

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Everyone meet baby Olivia!
Born September 21st at 6:51 pm
5 lb 10 oz and 19.5 inches long

Our very punctual little girl was born on her due date to the surprise of everyone - according to the doctors it rarely happens. Hopefully this means she won't always be late like her mommy...

When we got home from the hospital a few days later we were greeted with a some adorable decorations put up by some wonderful friends!




So now I am off again to feed a crying baby but keep checking back! For those of you who are interested in these kind of things I plan on posting my birth story soon (hopefully) and in the meantime I have some awesome guest posts lined up for you. 

(Olivia says, "Bye!" in a rare eyes open shot)