Thursday, April 9, 2015

{My Favorite Stage}

Without a doubt, the 17 months stage is my favorite. Seeing the world through my child's eyes is the most fulfilling and rewarding thing I could have ever imagined. He legit makes everything ten times better. The excitement in his eyes, his heart even, is just astounding. He does this little thing when he gets really excited and I just can't even handle it. I call it "happy feet," he starts sort of running in place and his feet just tap, tap, tap like crazy, and he starts grunting like a mad man, it's the best thing ever.
I will be the first to admit that the newborn stage was T O U G H, I'm not sure I will ever go back, haha. If you've been around the blog for a while, then you know that. It's a wonder that I didn't wave my white flag and call it a day. Love perseveres though, right? And now, now life is a whole new ball game. Henry is as cool as a cucumber. Anything will make this kid happier than a bird with a french fry. I mean, even something as simple as buckling his own car seat buckle sends him into giggle explosions! He prefers basketballs and ketchup, but he'll settle for a wagon ride and a hug. He's really come out of his shell and become quite the people person and quite the Chatty Cathy!
I am in awe of the sweet, loving little boy my baby has become. Easter egg hunts, car rides, swinging at the park, and even just hanging out at home is better when you have your best friend with you everyday. <3
Thanks for stopping by and dealing with my totally sporadic posts! :D
Melissa Loren

Friday, March 27, 2015

{Henry's First Big Boy Haircut}

This handsome fella got his first big boy haircut last weekend. I was so reluctant to cut it, because I knew it would move him up to toddler status for sure, AND I would be removing all of his curls in the back. Oh, the struggle. Looking back at old pictures now though really makes me see that the haircut was needed and that he actually could be even more handsome. I know, I thought it wasn't possible either. ;)
I mean, look at all of that crazy hair, yikes!
So, needless to say, I'm really happy with the outcome of the big boy hair cut. We were going for an old-fashioned pompadour type of look and I love it! Isn't he basically 13 now?!
I was also surprised by how well he handled the cut. The clippers didn't even scare him. He had a sucker, a car to drive and Frozen to watch, so he was set! Proud mama over here! :D
Melissa Loren

Thursday, March 26, 2015

{Fearless Henry Harper}

If you're my friend on Instagram, then you've probably already had a chance to see some of these photos, but I still wanted to share our trip to feed the Elk, here on the blog! 

Between our two local lakes (Jacomo and Blue Springs) there is a Native Hoofed Animal Enclosure. It's pretty rad, it's 110 acres is home to Bison, Elk and White Tail Deer. Obviously there's a fence, but you can get pretty close and personal with the giant mammals! You're able to feed them, which makes things even cooler. 

A couple of weeks ago the weather was absolutely gorgeous and we NEEDED to be outside! We decided to grab a 5-lb bag of carrots at the store and head out to feed them. Once we got there I quickly realized that 5 pounds wasn't enough. We could've stayed there and fed them all day, but we ran out after ten minutes or so. The Elk must've been hungry! It was hilarious because I thought for sure that Henry would be terrified, so I picked him up to soothe him and let him know that there wasn't anything to be afraid of. Once he saw me feed the Bull Elk, he immediately wanted down, and he wanted a carrot!! He of course had to get the carrot out of the bag himself, and then he had to feed the bull himself! Wild, huh?! I could not believe how fearless he was. Even I was still a little timid with those giant antlers and dark eyes staring at us! Needless to say, he was pretty bummed when he could see the bottom of the empty carrot bag. :(
Oh to be fearless like Henry Harper! He teaches me everyday, people!
My big boy! Looking back at these photos is crazy now that he has such a big boy haircut. Ha!
Thanks for following along again, friends. Feel free to share these posts if you know someone would enjoy them, as Instagram and Twitter are my only outlets these days!
Melissa Loren

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Guess Who's Back?!

 I'm baaaaaack! 

For now anyway. ha! I'm sure posting will still be light, but I just can't stay away any longer! I've missed blogging and sharing things with you guys, WAY too much. Things have been crazy around here and I've been working ridiculous hours, so I haven't had time to share all of the cute pics of my little man. It's time to get back to that though! He's growing like a weed and I don't want you guys to miss out! He recently got his first big boy haircut and man is it different! I don't even recognize him somedays. haha. Just when I thought he couldn't get any cuter! I'll share pics of the before and after, later on, for now here's a sneak peek...

He's just too much isn't he? 
I'd love to hear from you, if you'd like to read about anything specific here on the bloggity blog, please let me know! Im brewing up ideas left and right, but I of course want to know what you guys are craving!!!
I hope you're ready to follow along again!
Melissa Loren

PS: My bestie is blogging all about her life In Japan while she cheers on her fiancé who's playing baseball overseas! You should check out her blog Chopstix Chic!

Monday, November 24, 2014

{Skincare Regimen + Rodan and Fields}

Ok I will be the first to admit that I am terrrrrible about taking care of my skin. I'd probably look decrepit in no time if I hadn't started taking care of my skin, because I am notorious for sleeping in my makeup. I know you guys, don't even start yelling at me. I know how bad it is. In all fairness, for the longest time I hardly wore makeup at all. If that helps? A little? These days, I get a little more artsy with my makeup, so I'm fully aware that I need to be tending to my face and really washing all of the makeup and filth off at night.
That's where my friend Natalie and Rodan and Fields come in. I was lucky enough to try a facial and the micro-dermasbrasion paste and oh.em.geeee. I promise I don't want this post to sound like an ad(because I'm not at all being compensated for this), it's just me sharing a product that I enjoy and respect and really want to share with you all. As women we are active, we're mommas, we're the caretakers, we're up all hours of the night and our faces can be one of the first places that show our hard work and exhaustion (other than our love handles, but that's a totally different post), so we have to take care of our beautiful-selves!!!
I just had to share because I've been blown away by the results of Rodan and Fields. I'm not one of the ladies who has used it for months and months (yet), but the few times that I have used it, it's left my skin buttery and the very best way. Nothing is better than fresh, healthy skin. Am I right?!
You guys, if you want to try any of these products, you have to contact my friend Natalie. She can get you hooked up and get your skin looking healthy and beautiful! Feel free to visit her site {http://Nhoagland.Myrandf.Com }.
In the meantime let's get you entered for a chance to win a free mini facial and a package of eye wipes! The only catch is that you will be responsible for following on social media or returning here to see if you won! You'll have 24 hours after I announce the winner on Saturday!
Melissa Loren

Sunday, November 23, 2014

{First Birthday Favorites}

{Drum Set}{Bean Bag}{VTech Smart Wheels}{Basketball Goal}{VTech Bath Bubbles Whale}

Sooo, it's been a while. Have you missed us? ;)
We're still here, we've just been adjusting and growing and staying so super busy! I know the holidays will only make us busier, but I'm going to try and be around more often.

I know I have several readers who have first birthday parties that aren't too far away and with Christmas coming up as well, I thought I'd share some of Henry's favorite gifts from his first birthday. We didn't go too crazy for Henry's birthday because we still don't feel like we should be buying tons of stuff at this point. I made him that personalized superhero book that I shared a while back and then we bought him his own chair (pictured above) from Restoration Hardware. The chair has been a huge hit. He loves the soft faux fur, climbing all over it (uh oh) and he likes to just sit in it and relax and open up a good book. ;)
We all know how much Henry loves bath time so the vtech whale bubble-blower has been a big hit too. He loves the bubbles and the music of course!
Every little one needs a little music in their life and Henry has really taken to his drum set. I have to talk him out of drumming on the walls, but overall it's been pretty great for him. HA.
I'd say the vtech smart wheels car is #2 on Henry's list. It grows with your little one, so it has different stages. We have it set where it's a car with a handle on the back to push and this child looooooves it! We do laps around the house and he just screams and giggles the entire time. It also has several learning tools and he likes to push the buttons and hear the sounds.
#1 on everyone's list is 100% the little tikes basketball goal. I'm a little biased because I always played basketball, but I promise Henry is obsessed with this. We spend a good chunk of our days playing basketball and throwing the ball. He gets crazy excited when you pick him up and help him make a shot. He's too short to make a shot on his own yet, but you better believe he still tries. I love it, it's the most adorable thing.
Henry got so much stuff for his birthday. So much that I had to rearrange our coat closet to make room for toys so that I could put them on rotation. We have a toy corner in our living room and it literally gives me anxiety, there's so much stuff haha. It wasn't enough though, because we just picked up this art easel from ikea for Christmas!
Henry will be almost 14 months come Christmas, so I'd love to hear your suggestions for gifts!
I hope everyone has an amazing Monday!
Melissa Loren

Monday, November 10, 2014

{12 Months of Chalkboards/Henry at 12 Months}

Can you believe that this will be our last monthly chalkboard update? 12 months of chalkboards coming to an end. Tear. Or should I do them for 13 mos, 14 mos and so on?? Totally kidding. Maybe. Henry is 23 months!!! lol. I won't. I will probably do some festive holiday boards, but no more monthly updates. I can't even wrap my mind around that. I've shed enough tears over it, so instead of rambling I'll just tell you guys a little about Henry at 12 months...

He has pushed one molar through and is working on more.
He points and is working on words.
He is officially off of formula.
He is 100% bottle free.
He hates milk of any type, so we are really focusing on yogurt and cheese.
He used his first "sign:" more.
He drinks from a straw.
He loves to throw balls.
Wagon rides are his jam. Today he learned how to open and close the door to his wagon and climbs in and out.
He LOVES stuffed animals. Specifically Mr. Bear and Mr. Monkey.
The child eats veggie straws like they're going out of style.
Tries to say several words including, but not limited to, dadda, tego, and hello.
He holds the phone up to his ear and pretends to be talking to someone (oops).
He likes to turn the light switches on and off (while someone is holding him, obvi).
He still loves to be outside. I don't know what I'm going to do with him this winter.
He loves other little people. Our neighbor's sons are his absolute favorite. I'm positive they'll all be best friends when they get older.
He really enjoys some occasional Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
He reaches for my hands and takes it while we're walking. <3
He is a momma-snuggling machine.
He is still the neediest, fussiest baby ever, but at the same time he is sweet and happy and just wants all your love. What momma could be upset that her baby wants her?? :)
There is so much more, but I'm sleepy and I'm sure we'll have plenty of time to talk about Henry.

Before I go, here's a look back at our chalkboard walls...
Melissa Loren

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