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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Sisterhood of the World Blogger Q&A

I was so excited when Stephanie at Wife Mommy Me nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Blogging Award. Stephanie is one of my favorite mommy bloggers.  Our sons are almost the exact same age (just a few days apart) and I feel like we are so similar in parenting styles!  She gave me 10 questions and here are my answers. Be sure to read to the end to see who I nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Blogging Award and the questions I've come up with. 

1.  What's your guilty pleasure?  Food, tv, hobby...

Oh I feel like I have so many guilty pleasures, but the one that sticks out in my head is the TV I watch.  I watch a lot of TV shows that will never be critically acclaimed or are considered for a much younger audience.  Some of my favorite shows are Pretty Little Liars, Big Brother, and Dancing with the Stars.  

2.  How many states have you been to?  Which is your favorite?  Your least?

While I've done a fair amount of traveling, not much of it has been within the United States.  I've been to 14 states (if I'm counting correctly).  My goal over the next few years is to visit many more states with Chris and Noah!  My favorite state so far is probably California.  I've gone a few times for work and went for fun with Chris back in 2011.  I absolutely loved San Francisco and would love to take Noah back.  My least favorite state doesn't really have much to do with the state, but more because of the crummy weather we had when we were there.  I had such high hopes for Vermont and then we had some super rainy and cold weather... I really hope to go back and have a different experience.  

3.  What is one food you could eat over and over again for breakfast, lunch, and dinner?

There are many foods I love... pasta, ice cream, etc.  But the one I could see eating at every meal and probably have at some point, is cheese!  I am a huge cheese lover and it seems I have passed that love on to Noah ;)

4.  Share the last time you completely embarrassed yourself.

I'm not sure if I don't embarrass easily or if I'm just lucky, because I honestly can't remember a time where I've completely embarrassed myself.  It's something so silly, but I was embarrassed when I accidentally called one of Noah's friends by the wrong name... really not a big deal in the grand scheme of things ;)

5.  What's your zodiac sign and do you think it fits well with who you are as a person?

I am a Pisces but I've honestly never felt it fits well with who I am.  Instead, I feel like I'm more like a Virgo.  

6.  What is the last movie you watched at the movie theater?

We used to see movies ALL THE TIME!  Now it's a little more rare ever since we had Noah.  The last movie we saw in the theater was Trainwreck and we loved it!  I also want to go see The Intern :)

7.  What made you decide to start blogging?

I started blogging when Chris and I got engaged.  It started off as a place to post wedding details and plans as they happened.  Looking back, it's quite embarrassing.  I would then blog about family gatherings and holidays.  When I got pregnant with Noah, I started weekly bump posts, but I honestly didn't start blogging on a super regular basis until after I had Noah.  

8.  It's #pumpkineverything season.  What's one pumpkin flavor treat you love?  One you dislike?

This may be shocking, but I really dislike pumpkin flavored anything!  I don't think there's one thing I really love.  Probably a donut or chocolate pumpkin bread would be okay, but there's so many other treats I'd prefer.  

9.  What was the last book you read and loved?

I read The Summer I Turned Pretty series this summer, and while it's more geared towards teenage girls, I really enjoyed it.  I guess that's another guilty pleasure... all things Young Adult.  

10.  Fall is upon us in Ohio.  Share 3 things you are most looking forward to this Fall.  

I love Fall and everything about it.  I'm especially excited for the cooler weather so I can wear boots, scarves, and jackets.  We also have many family birthdays in the Fall.  I love spending time with my family and love any excuse to celebrate with a cake :)  Finally, I'm super excited for all the fun things we have planned, like going to the pumpkin patch, visiting friends in Boston, and everything involved with Halloween!  

Here are my nominees for Sisterhood of the World Blogging:
Sara at Running from the Law
Laura at Tiny Toes, Little Nose
Natasha at Schue Love
Kary at Always Painted, Usually Chipped
Ashley at Being Brickner
Julie at The Girl in the Red Shoes
Jess at Being Mrs. Beer
Erin at Hello Erin
Leah at Leah with Love
Erinn at Strawberry Swing and Other Things

Bloggers in your Sisterhood post:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their site
  • Put the award logo on your blog
  • Answer the 10 questions the blogger has sent you
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers and notify them 

Here are your questions:
1.  If money didn't matter, what would you do?
2.  What are your top 3 vacation destinations on your travel bucket list?
3.  What is your favorite type of food?  Italian, Mexican, American, etc?
4.  What does your "mom uniform" look like?
5.  What are your top 3 favorite TV shows of all time?
6.  How did you meet your spouse?
7.  With all the holidays approaching, what are some of your favorite family traditions?
8.  Do you find your children take after you or your husband more?
9.  What's the last book you read that you loved?
10.  If you had an entire day to yourself, what would you do?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A Snack & A Craft | #FuelTheirAdventures

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I am constantly on the lookout for two new things for Noah... snacks that he likes and simple crafts to do!  So you can imagine my excitement when we found these Dannon® Danimals® Smoothies in the dairy section at Walmart.  Noah is already a huge fan of yogurt and he rarely turns down a smoothie.  Because of this, I was hopeful that he would love the Dannon® Danimals® Smoothies, but never could I have imagined how much he would love them!  From the very beginning, he was excited for the monkeys on the container, especially since we got the collector's edition and the monkeys were all dressed like different athletes!  He wanted to try one as soon as we got in the car, and then kept asking for more "monkeys" the entire ride home!  

Noah still has an afternoon nap on a regular basis.  While I love this downtime, I still like to have an activity planned for him to do during the time between waking up and dinner time.  Most days, we do a craft.  I don't know about your kids, but Noah wakes up hungry!  I'm always looking for a simple snack to give him while we craft that will fill him up but won't ruin his dinner.  I love that Dannon® Danimals® provide "Only the Good Stuff®" so I feel good about Noah having them as his afternoon snack.  I consider it a win when I find a snack for Noah that not only doesn't have high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors, but also provides a good source of calcium and vitamin D!  Clearly he's excited about these things too ;)

Noah is a huge fan of monkeys... he has one from Build-A-Bear and loves watching Curious George on TV. When I saw how excited Noah was about the monkeys on the containers, I knew we had to make a monkey craft!  We love making paper plate animals and it was definitely time to finally make a monkey... I honestly can't believe we hadn't made one before!

As with all of our crafts, it was super simple to make.  All you need is a paper plate, brown paint, some brown and cream construction paper (or cardstock), some googly eyes, glue, and a large popsicle stick.  Noah painted the paper plate brown, and then glued on a few pieces of cardstock that I cut out (an oval for the mouth, circles for the eyes, and some ears).  He then glued on some googly eyes and drew a smiley face with a black crayon.  He has been practicing making smiley faces on the glass shower door and for a while he would just draw a straight line... it was nice to see him draw an actual smile :)  

 I then attached a tongue depressor type stick to the back of the plate and Noah had his own little monkey mask!  He had so much fun hiding behind it and posing with his monkey friend... definitely one of our favorite crafts to date!

In addition to the super cool monkey athletes, there's another perk to getting the collector's edition of Dannon® Danimals® Smoothies... a contest!  We were hoping to find the "Golden Bongo" bottle for a chance to win a Play60 Field Day with NFL pros!  Unfortunately we didn't win, but considering how much Noah loves these smoothies, I have a feeling we will have many more chances to win!  The Golden Bongo is part of the Dannon® Danimals® Play 60 Contest and is only located in specially marked packages.  You can go to the Fuel Up To Play site for more details.  Good Luck!

Now it's your turn, how do you entertain your kids in the afternoon?  
Check out this website for more ideas on how to #FuelTheirAdventures :)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Home Depot Kids Workshop - Fire Truck

We had a pretty great weekend.  We didn't have much planned, so while we ran a bunch of errands on Saturday, we were able to stay at home all of Sunday and really just rest.  I'm so glad we did, because even though we didn't get hit by Hurricane Joaquin, the weather was definitely cold and rainy.  The three of us also didn't feel at our best on Sunday.  Noah had a cough and runny nose, Chris' eyes were red (not sure if it's allergies or a cold), and I have the start of a sore throat.  It was great to stay in our sweatpants all day long and cuddle under blankets while watching entirely too much television.  

The one thing we did this weekend that warrants a photo (or twenty) was the Home Depot Kids Workshop we went to.  We went to our first one last month, and had so much fun that we immediately signed up for the October workshop.  This month they were building fire trucks... Noah's favorite!  Originally, a real fire truck was also supposed to be making an appearance, but for some reason (not sure if it was because of the possible storm) it was rescheduled and will be coming next weekend instead.  We still had so much fun building and painting the fire truck.  

^^^ we are currently going through a phase where Noah doesn't like to look at the camera for photos. This is us saying "where's Daddy" in hopes he will look. Noah is just too smart for us!

^^^Since the truck was wet, we decided to take it home to finish.  I was amazed at how good it looked after putting the wheels and stickers on it!

^^^ Noah is slowly collecting his workshop pins (you get one every time you complete a project)

^^^ Chris successfully searched for one of the few "race car" shopping carts

^^^ we got Noah to look by telling him to throw the twine at Daddy ;)

We once again ran into our friends on the way out after we had already finished.  These two were hilarious and having so much fun "driving the race car"!  Sometimes I wonder who is the kid though, because Chris came up with a fun game of racing through the aisles.  I'm seriously shocked we didn't get yelled at by a worker or a customer!

Friday, October 2, 2015


Happy Friday!  I honestly can't believe it's already October... where did September go???  This is our last low key weekend for a while, so I really hope Hurricane Joaquin bypasses us and we just get a little rain.  But just in case, we will probably stock up on a few necessities, have flashlights ready, and be prepared to head over to my parents' house since they have a generator ;)  Hopefully you guys won't be affected by the storm and have a beautiful and fun weekend!  Here's my weekly five to kick off the weekend :)


Today is my nephew, Matthew's, 5th Birthday!  On the one hand I can't believe he's already 5, but then I realize that of course he is, his mom was very pregnant with him at my wedding... 5 years ago ;)  While we won't get to celebrate with him this year, my parents went up and we sent him a video wishing him a happy birthday :)


Earlier this week, I posted this photo of Noah and his Lego creations on Instagram.  We are huge fans of Legos... they keep Noah entertained for a long time and I love that he can choose to build from the photos or make his own creations.  This specific set is super cool, because not only do they show the picture of different buildings and cars to build, but they include cards with very detailed instructions on how to build each.  


Since it is now October, it's officially time to wear the Halloween inspired t-shirts and PJs!  While we definitely don't have as many as we did when Noah was a baby, we did pick up a few.  My favorites (which is also what we got) are this bat shirt, the bat pjs Noah is wearing below.  I also got him a ghost shirt from Gap and a jack-o-lantern shirt from Carters, but they are no longer online.  


Since yesterday was the first day of October, I busted out the Halloween plate for Noah's waffle breakfast (oh yeah, we are super fancy over here)!  I told him it was a Jack-o-Lantern to which he said "No, it is Halloween" :)  


And even though we have a few holidays to celebrate before we get to Christmas, I couldn't help myself from getting this set (or rather asking my mom to get it for me (Noah)!).  Noah really got into making cookies for Santa last year, so I can only imagine this year.  But the part that really sold me was the plastic milk bottle with lid and straw... so cute!

Cookies for Santa Kit

I'm linking up with The Farmer's Wife and September Farm for "Oh Hey Friday"!

I'm also linking up with A. Liz Adventures for "Five on Friday".

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Monthly Goals - October 2015

This year, instead of making resolutions for the year, I decided to make monthly goals instead.  I will be sharing five goals each month that I'd like to work on.   Each month I will also reflect on how I did with the previous month's goals.

October 2015 Goals

Get outside at least once a day
Since the beautiful weather won't last forever, I want to enjoy it while we can.  Some days it might be  only for a few minutes, but I'd love to get Noah out to play every day.  They go outside each day at school, and I really want to start doing the same at home.  

Get Ready for Noah's Birthday
Noah's birthday is on November 2nd.  I have a kid birthday party to plan as well as his family dinner. I also need to figure out what Chris and I will give him as gifts.  I also need to finish his birthday video that I make every year.  I try to keep up with it throughout the year, but I need to add September and October photos/videos and edit the entire thing... it will definitely be time consuming!  I really just want to plan a few things to make his day super special!

Organize Noah's basement toys
We recently got a new Kallax unit for the basement to house Noah's toys.  While we keep a lot of toys upstairs, we like to keep a bunch of trucks and blocks and larger toys downstairs.  I need to sort them, maybe donate a few, and get them organized into baskets.  I also want to create a gallery wall to hang above the bookcase.

Try 3 new recipes
I mention below that I lost motivation to cook this past month.  I'm not sure if it's because I'm just tired of the same meals we eat, but I figured it's worth a try to mix things up.  I think it's time to find some yummy yet simple meals to try out.  I'd love some suggestions!

Decorate for Halloween
While I decorated for fall, I still want to add a few Halloween touches as it gets closer.  Noah's preschool is also having a Trunk or Treat and I hear all the parents go "all out" decorating their cars.  I have a few ideas and I'm excited to see how it all turns out!

Go for 3 walks a week
This month made me realize that it's getting harder to go for walks with Noah that would count as an actual workout.  When he was younger, he was content to sit in the stroller for a 2 mile walk around the neighborhood.  Now he prefers to be riding his bike or sit in his toy car for a walk to the playground, to collect leaves and acorns, or to go find some construction trucks.  So while we went on many "walks" this month, they aren't what they used to be or what I had originally envisioned. 

Limit our ice cream trips to once a week
I feel like this naturally happened once Labor Day passed.  I didn't even have to say no to going, the opportunities just stopped.  

Decorate the house for fall
Done... check out this post for all the details!

Be productive while Noah's at preschool
Noah has gone to school six times so far.  So far I've been pretty productive.  I've scheduled a few appointments during that time, while one day I went home and worked on my MOMS Club calendar while catching up on the TiVo :).  I definitely have a few projects planned for the next few months, but so far I'm pleased with what I've done.   

Start meal planning again
I was doing well, but then I lost motivation towards the end of the month.  Some nights I even had something planned but had no interest in actually making it.  I hope that I get the push next month! 

What are your goals this month?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Mama & Noah Currently

Instead of doing monthly updates with all of Noah's stats, I decided to share some things that we are into each month.  You can check out November 2014December 2014January 2015February 2015March 2015April 2015May 2015June 2015July 2015, and August 2015.

This is what we've been up to in September 2015...


Soludos | "Basketball Shoes" New Balance Sneakers


Homemade popcorn | Homemade popcorn

Playing With

Fall Decor | Trucks (found much cheaper at Home Goods/TJ Maxx)


New Season of Dancing with the Stars | "Axel Trucks" aka The Axel Show on YouTube

Working on

My fall front porch | riding his bike

What have you been up to this month???

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Guy Behind the Blog - September Edition

In hopes to share some more random information about Chris, I'm back today for  The Guys Behind the Blog link-up.   This month the questions were reader submitted... so enjoy!  

1 // What's the silliest thing you and your significant other have needed to compromise on?
Probably tv shows when we used to only have 2 Tivo boxes and could only record 2 shows on each box and sadly we'd have 5 shows that we wanted to record at the same exact time.......

2 // If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 must haves would you bring with you?
3 must haves on a deserted island would be Meghan, Noah, and a tv that got great reception.

3 // Talents aside, what is your dream job?
My dream job would be test driver at either the Lamborghini or Ferrari plants in Italy.

4 // What are three things on your bucket list?
Three things on my bucket list are to visit Hawaii, Australia, and to throw out the first pitch at a major league baseball game (as long as I do it and don't choke and miss the catcher).

5 // What kind of date is your favorite to go on with your significant other? (Romantic, fun, spontaneous, etc.) 
My favorite kind of date is eating dinner outside at a local restaurant and enjoying the weather in a relaxed environment.

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