Thursday, July 30, 2015

My return to Project Life™

About a year ago life got way too busy and I stopped scrapbooking.  2012 was the year I discovered Project Life and I have an album for every year since then.  2014 is only half way done though.  

All of my albums sit on the bookshelf in our office and every once in a while I stop to look through them and every time I do I'm reminded of why I love photography and memory keeping.  It's so much fun to reminisce!  

A couple of weeks ago when I was looking through my scrapbooks I determined that it was time to get back into scrapbooking.  Back to Project Life.  

So I made a trip with Baby Pribs to our local Michael's craft store, bought a large Project Life album, and got to work on 2015's album.  Don't worry, I'm still planning on finishing 2014.

Here is a quick look at most of my pages from the 2015 album.  

 My goal is to continue scrapbooking my months and posting my spreads on a regular basis on the blog.

Friday, July 24, 2015

My favorite newborn necessities

As if there needs to be another list about “newborn essentials”.  I’m going to add mine in there.

Oddly enough I never researched “newborn essentials” when I was pregnant.  Instead, I researched what I should register for in general.  And that overwhelmed and stressed me out, so I decided I would just roll with what we got and if we needed something once Silas was born, we’d go buy it.  Pretty simple.

Sleepsack swaddle - Silas loved this thing.  The tighter you swaddled him, the better.  Trust me, there were times he was crying his lungs out in the nursery and I’d come in to see that SOMEHOW an arm had come out of the swaddle and it was flailing around.  Not a happy baby.

Avent bottle - we didn’t even register for these.  we were gifted them after Silas was born.  We went through so many different types of bottles, trying to find the kind that Silas liked the best and these were the winners.  Plus they’re kind of cute (is that even possible for a bottle?)

Fisher price swing - do you want to shower during the first 6 months of your baby’s life?  This swing will make that happen.  Silas napped in this thing for so many hours.  I even remember one night when he woke up and he wouldn’t fall asleep for anything.  So as my last resort I put him in the swing and he was out like a light.

Prefolds - we used prefolds and covers a lot during his newborn days.  They’re inexpensive and have multiple uses.

Carseat cover - when you have a winter baby and you want to actually get out of the house once in a while, this thing is a lifesaver.  Also, if your baby is covered, people are less likely to get all in his face and get their germs on him.  All you have to say is “yep, that’s a baby in there..he’s sleeping, so I’m going to keep it covered!”  

Ergo - another lifesaver when it came to keeping my house clean and my baby happy.  You can keep your baby close to you and yet still have two hands free at the same time.  

And that should do it!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

(hashtag) TBT : November 11, 2014

Throwing it back to that one day we brought our two day old baby to the pediatrician's.  Left the diaper bag at home (the what?) and the hospital tags were still on the baby (just in case we wanted to return him...better safe than sorry!)

Saw a set of triplets on our way out and thanked God we were leaving with only one of those little things.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Cestone's Pizzeria: Mt. Washington

 I'll be the first to admit that when it comes to the pizza in my life, I typically stick with either Papa Johns or Pizza Hut (Not because they're easy to come by, but because they're DELICIOUS).

You can't get very far in Pittsburgh before passing by 4 or 5 different pizza joints though.  Why do Pittsburghers love pizza so much???

So we recently tried a new pizza in a nearby town.  I've learned that when trying to find a place to eat in a strange place, Google Maps isn't going to suffice.  (I try searching "Food" and it gives me some place 5 miles away?) You literally just have to drive around and stop at the first restaurant that looks appealing.  That's how we found Cestone's Pizzeria.

We were happy with our decision.  We didn't have the time to wait around for them to make a new pizza, but luckily they had pepperoni pizza sitting on the front counter that you could just buy by the slice, so we opted to go with that.

There was outdoor seating, which we love, especially when we have Baby Pribs with us.  More to see and less people to bother with baby squawks.

I'm going to try to be more open to local small establishments when it comes to finding new places to eat.  It's just so hard sometimes when you grew up eating all of the popular names.  From what I've heard though, there are several hidden gems within Pittsburgh.  We just have to find them.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

days with Silas

Silas is just a little over 8 months old and he seems to learn something new and is vastly different from just the week before.  I remember when I was pregnant that several people told me that once Silas was here, I would probably get bored staying home with him all day. 
Things couldn’t be further from the truth.  Even when Silas was only a few weeks old, if I wasn’t feeding him I was trying to keep my house from looking like a bomb went off.  The laundry, dishes and dirt don’t suddenly stop piling up once there’s a baby in the house.  In fact, for some reason those piles seem to get bigger.  So anyway, fast forward to when my son doesn’t need me to hold him 24/7. 

Initially my ideal plan was to have Silas in daycare 2-3 days a week so I could continue to run my business at full speed.  I looked at several different options for daycare and for a couple of months we had a plan and routine, but then it fell through and we had to completely restructure how daycare worked for Silas (that’s a fancier way of saying that I lost 70% of my daycare during the week).  Initially I was pretty bummed, but after a week or so of having Silas mostly to myself (under my schedule and my rules) I realized that this was a good thing. 

So right now Silas typically goes to his babysitter’s Monday and Friday mornings for a grand total of 9 hours per week.  I take full advantage of this time and am primarily in my office working on orders.  Anything that doesn’t get done while Silas is at the babysitter’s will have to be addressed during his naps or after hours (AKA when Rob gets home from work).  I try to keep my after-hours work to a minimum, but sometimes….life happens.  6:45am is usually the latest Silas wakes up.  6:00am is his favorite time to wake up.  Bright and early.  Way before I’m ready.  Usually he plays around in the attic while I work on opening my eyes.  We have breakfast and then pack up to head to the babysitter’s.  Silas is over there from 9a-1:30pm.  He comes home exhausted and usually downs a bottle of formula and then takes a hard core nap.  1 hour…2 hours tops.  By the time he’s ready to wake up, he’s also ready for more food.  And by the time he’s done eating, it’s time for me to starting prepping dinner.  Then Rob comes home and it’s all about playing with Dad and before we know it, it’s bedtime for Silas (6:30pm is usually the latest he goes to bed…any time after that and he’s over tired and almost impossible to put down without a STRONG fight).

The only difference between babysitter days and all day with Silas days are that instead of going to the babysitter's we go for a 2 mile walk and then Silas goes down for his late morning nap.  And in the afternoon we almost always go errands, go to the park, whatever!  Getting out of the house at least once a day is key.   I would like to start adding some type of variety to our daily walks....I need to recharge my fitbit bracelet and start tracking my steps so that I can set new goals for distance.  Other than that, things are pretty predictable and chill.  Next week I'm sure everything will be completely different though.  Thus is life with a baby.

Monday, July 20, 2015

I bought and painted a bird house!

I'm not a fan of our house colors (purple and grey).  They were my least favorite thing of the outside of the house (and trust me, there were plenty of things that I could have chosen to really not like).   Who paints a house with PURPLE?

Anyway, I'd been wanting a birdhouse for a while, but could never make up my mind on what kind I wanted until I was at Michael's Craft Store looking for a scrapbook and I decided to walk down the wood craft aisle.  There were plenty of birdhouses available, but the one pictured above caught my eye because of all the detail involved.  I knew that this was the birdhouse for us because with all of the detail I could paint it to match our house so that it looks like a GUEST HOUSE for the BIRDS!  I mean, the front doors even match.

This is the first and last time I will be excited about the colors of our house.  Trust soon as this baby is paid off (our house, not the birdhouse) we'll be having the whole thing to bottom.

Friday, July 17, 2015

where did the week go?

I feel like I just wrote a recap of last weekend.  This week flew by.  Partly because life in general flies by and partly because things have been busy.

My design shop has picked up speed.  Monday of this week I make more than half of what I usually make in a week (whoa).  And the rest of the week followed suit and the orders kept coming in.  I am guaranteed at least one nap a day with Silas....sometimes he fights his afternoon nap,but his morning nap he can never resist, so I get work done during that first nap for sure.

On the other side of things, I've been revamping things with my photography.  I feels like forever since I have been behind the camera.   I spent alot of time in lightroom, trying out new presets and trying to figure out what my favorites are.  It always annoys me when my pictures don't match in color/theme.   Instagram is still my favorite way of taking pictures and sharing them (I used it before anyone knew what it was), but I love the way pictures look when they're taken with the DSLR.  Those are the pictures I want to keep forever.

Speaking of memory keeping, I've also been looking into restarting my scrapbooks.  I think the last time I *really* scrapbooked was in July of last year.  Luckily things have gotten even easier to scrapbook in my short absence.  There is now a Project Life app that I can access on my phone to make spreads with the photos on my phone.  Not only that, but I can order the prints (12x12 or 8x8) right from the app as well.  So yesterday Silas and I went to Michaels Craft store and bought a new Project Life scrapbook (on sale!)  and today I put together all of my pages on my phone while Silas napped and now all I have to do is order them.

Oooh, I hear Rob.  He got us Wendy's for dinner....gotta go eat my Frosty!  Have a good weekend!