• Baby Must Haves,  Family Life

    Friday Favorites: Rainey Edition

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    So it has been a while since I have done a Friday Favorites, mainly due to writers block! It is real y’all and I am pulling myself out from its grip, hopefully! That is probably why I am writing today about something I know better than anything, Rainey.

    I read an article this week that talked about how it important free play is for toddlers. As a teacher I know the importance of teaching at a young age, but I also love sitting back and watching Rainey play. Her imagination is so fascinating. The way she plays without prodding is every mother’s dream. So here are our go to toys that we use everyday for play and exploration.

    Mega Bloks

    Rainey absolutely loves these! She will literally bring the bag to me and ask “please” for me to open. This is such a great tool for toddlers to learn with!

    Little People Noah’s Ark

    She loves playing with the animals and putting them in different places around the house. I love that she can learn animals, sounds, and all about Noah while playing with mommy.

    Little Tikes Slide

    This slide is both inside and outside in our house. She loves it! She goes down the slide, baby dolls go down the slide, animals go down the slide. It was the best purchase to help get some energy out when we can’t go outside.

    Melissa and Doug Wooden ABC

    Rainey loves stacking these and knocking them down. I love teaching her letters while she plays.

    Shape Sorter

    This is such a great toy. She can sit for a while trying to sort the shapes and I love teaching her the shapes and colors.

     

  • Family Life

    Easter with The Seals

    We had a beautiful weekend in at the Ranch. The weather could have not been any better and we spent most of our days outside. From hunting antlers and easter eggs (Rainey is a super star at hunting eggs), to chasing animals around on the mule, we loved every minute of our time there. We love that Rainey got some special time with her Great Grandparents, and she loved all the attention. We can’t wait to head back this summer and go on more family adventures. Here are a “few” pictures from our weekend.

     

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    The Seals Family This Week

    It has been a while since I have given y’all an update. Life has been a bit chaotic, Thomas has been working tons of hours, so I have been pulling double duty. I figured I would simply address some of the bigger events from the last 2 weeks, instead of doing a full update. I am struggling to get these written with a toddler at home that loves to help me.

    A few weeks ago we did some allergy testing on Rainey to try and figure a few things out, sadly though the results we got came as a complete shock. It turns out Rainey is allergic to both cats and dogs and her doctor seems to think that this is what is causing her asthma. This is a tough thing to hear. We love our pets so much and the thought of having to get rid of them breaks our hearts. We know that we need to do what is best for Rainey, but it doesn’t make this any easier. For the time being we have purchased an air purifier to keep in the room with her, but soon it will be time for us make some big decisions.

    Along with cats and dogs she also has some food allergies. She is allergic to peanuts, milk, and egg whites. These are so much easier to process and it is as simple as removing these from her diet. She has never had anything with peanuts, so that one is simple, milk got switched to soy milk, and egg whites, well, that ones a little tougher. We will get it all figured out soon and we head back to the doctor next week and hopefully can get some more answers.

    For St. Patricks day we made a family trip to the Fort Worth Aviation Musuem. It was only $10 for the whole family and we really enjoyed ourselves. We love going out and finding new places to explore in our city. It is hard for us to venture further out with Thomas working on call so often, so we make the most of our time.

    This past Friday Rainey got to “participate” in her first Easter Egg Hunt. I say “participate” because she picked up one egg and was done. That one egg was apparently very fascinating. Oh well, she seemed to have a great time. I am loving getting to witness all of her firsts, she continues to amaze me.

    Then on Saturday we went over to Plano for a BBQ with our friends. It was such a refreshing day getting to catch up with some of our best friends. LIving so far away makes it hard to get together like we used to. Plus seeing the joy on Thomas’s face made the trip so worth it. We sure do miss Plano and our sweet friends.

    This next week is going to be full of packing and traveling as we are going to Kerrville for Easter. We are so excited to head back to the Ranch, since last time we were there at Christmas it was cold and raining.

    What I’m Wearing:

    We’ve Been PRIMING:

    Conway Mighty Air Purifier

    Children Fingertip Pulse Oximeter

    Quest Prot Bar Choc/Chip

    Babyganics Sunscreen SPF 50 (2pack)

  • Family Life,  Mom Life

    A Few of My Favorite Things…

    It has been a minute since I have posted about my favorite things from this week. Life has been a little hectic, you know how it goes. So without further ado, here are a few of my favorite things…

    Sweet girl has been cutting 5 teeth, yes you read that correctly, she is cutting 5 teeth at the moment. Our house is full of tantrums, snuggles, and lack of sleep. It is torture! We have been relying on all forms of soothing her mouth, but her absolute favorites are her Baby Banana Teether and her Baby Toothbrush. Yes, her toothbrush, she loves trying to brush her own teeth and the bottom of this toothbrush is perfect for soothing those sore gums. Her banana has been a staple item for months and it is still a must when she is teething.

    All of our Amazon Alexa devices! We have a total of 5 devices in our household and we use each and every one of them. We have had an Echo for about 2 years now and have used it daily. In our old house it was in our bathroom and we would listen to it while getting ready every morning. Then we got a tap and we loved that we could move it around the house and outside with us. Next came the Echo Dot and finally the Show.

    For a while we did not really use the Dots, but we recently purchased some Philips Hue lights for our lamps and some smart outlets that work with our Dot. It is great to be able to turn off the lights and turn on Rainey’s monitor from bed.

    Our Echo Show is so much fun, I love that it does flash news updates and the video calling. I highly recommend getting a show for your kitchen, we use our every single day! With all of our devices we are able to have music playing in every room. We absolutely love all of our devices.

    Popcorn, I love POPCORN! It is more like an obsession. All flavors, but my favorite would have to be butter and any kind of cheese flavor. I am currently sitting on our couch writing this, eating popcorn, and watching Shameless (Current Netflix Binge). I cannot tell you how many nights my dinner has consisted of popcorn and wine. Currently I am  loving Smartfood White Cheddar. It is perfect of those late night cravings.

    Now that we are finally getting some consistent spring weather here in Fort Worth, we re loving going to the park. We have been trying as many parks as we can around the area. Rainey absolutely loves climbing on all of the equipment and making some new friends.

    We just got a brand new Baby Jogger City Select LUX, and I am loving it! It was so easy to assemble and pushes with ease. It is light weight, easy to fold, comfortable for Rainey. I can’t wait to use it more and give you more details.

     

     

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    The Seals Family This Week

    Do you ever just feel like you are in a funk? That has been me this week. Nothing crazy has happened, but I just can’t seem to motivate myself to work. Maybe its because I was really enjoying spending time with my girl. Thomas ended up working over 70 hours, so I got some great quality time with Rainey Roux.

    We started out the week with a trip to our favorite park. Then Tuesday Rainey had her 15 month appointment, and guess what! She moved up a percentile in weight! She has been sitting below the 10th percentile since birth, but this week she flew above it and moved to the 18th! Baby girl is growing.

    At MOPS on Wednesday, Mom had a great time learning about self defense and then we went outside to visit with our local police department. They came and brought their cars, horses, and even helicopter for the kids to explore. It was such a great event, thanks Lindsay all of the kids had a blast!

    Thursday afternoon, we went to get Booney off the bus and had a fin afternoon playing outside and jumping on the trampoline. Rainey loves spending time with him and their friendship makes my heart happy. I can’t wait to watch Rainey grow up and continuing to grow her friendship with her cousins.

    Friday and Saturday we got some much needed quality time with Dad! We had another fun afternoon at a new park in North Richland Hills and loved it. It has a great walking trail and two smaller playgrounds for Rainey to climb. Our little girl loves climbing on everything, so we love parks! Saturday, Aunt Carson came to visit and had a great day. We ended the day with yummy steaks cooked by our fabulous chef, daddy!

    Sunday we did some more sensory play on the patio. I created a rice bin with different containers, hoping she would work on filling the cups, but instead she simply threw all of it on the ground. At least she had a good time. I am looking into writing a blog about what different activities we have tried and our experiences. Let me know it you are interested.

    We’ve been Priming: Here are some new must haves we have gotten

    CamelBak 0.4-Liter Kids Bottle

    Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50, 6oz Tube (Pack of 2)

  • Mom Life

    25 Things About Me You Might Not Know

    I So our blog and instagram have been growing so much recently, so I thought it was time to do a get to know you post. I am terrible at writing about myself and this was a hard one to construct, but without further ado, here are 25 facts all about me! I hope you enjoy and we love that you are following along on our journey through life.

    1. I met my husband when I was a sophomore at Texas A&M University. We have now been together for 10 years and we love each other more everyday. Look at these babies!
    2. My daughter, Rainey, got her name from a player on Madden. Thomas suggested the name and I loved it, then he informed me that it was a player from his game.
    3. I was a teacher for 6 years before staying home this year to be with Rainey. I taught 5th Grade Social Studies for the majority of my time.
    4. I love Apple products and would upgrade every year if my husband let me.
    5. We have 3 pets, Charlie, Piper, and Chewy.
    6. I have seen every episode of Friends, How I Met Your Mother, and Charmed multiple times! I can quote each show.
    7. I have a history degree from Texas A&M University and a minor in communications. Hence why I love writing and social media.                  
    8. I love the Bachelor franchise, I have been watching since Trista and Ryan’s wedding. The pink had me hooked! Oh and last nights episode has me FURIOUS!
    9. Our dog Piper has epilepsy. She is on three different medications just to keep her seizures controlled.
    10. I love chocolate, it is a bad addiction.
    11. My favorite wine is 14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon.
    12. I am not know for being the best driver, I have been in 4 car accidents and totaled 4 cars, the last car was totaled due to hail, not my fault!
    13. I am a terrible cook, Thomas does all of the cooking in our household and he spoils us with his delicious cuisine. Check out one of his yummy recipes here.
    14. Thomas and I went on our honeymoon to Barcelona, Spain. We spent 10 days in the city and wish we could go back every year. It was an amazing experience, and 10 days was not long enough! 
    15. Oh, that last picture reminds me, I was a Delta Zeta in college and met one of my best friends that I can’t imagine my life without. Love you MEGAN!
    16. We have two places that we love to vacation because they bring us close to family and they make us so happy. Kerrville, TX and New Orleans, LA. They are our happy places.
    17. I have one amazing sister by blood and 3 beauties by marriage, and one sister by love. They are all unique and I absolutely love them for who they are. My poor husband is surrounded by women, but he loves it.
    18. I was a gymnast for 8 years. I competed for years and quit in 6th grade because I wanted a life. I was at the gym 6 days a week and I felt like I was missing out on my childhood.
    19. After gymnastics, I jumped right into diving and cheerleading. I did diving for 5 years and lettered as a freshman, yeah I am cool like that. I was a cheerleader for 9 years total, I did competitive and school. I also competed in college for a year. GO TEAM!
    20. My favorite book is Shopaholic, I have read every book in the series and I love it!
    21. It was pouring down rain on our wedding day and I was completely freaking out, but it turns out that Rainey days are our favorite.                     
    22. I have always been the person taking tons of pictures, but it wasn’t until I began staying home that I began to pursue my passion for photography. It is still an ongoing learning process but I love it!
    23. I never have matching socks. I hate sorting and folding laundry, so i simply buy the same type of socks and can just grab from the sock basket. It drives everyone around me crazy.
    24. We love Saints Football, well by we I mean I love them, Thomas is obsessed with them. Who Dat Nation!
    25. I was born and raised in Katy, Texas, but I love living in Dallas/Fort Worth. I sometimes miss home and the people I grew up with, but our lives here are perfect and I now consider this home!

    Thank you for following along on our journey!

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    The Seals Family This Week

    Y’all, it has been a week. I am struggling to write about this week because we still have so many unanswered questions. I will try my best to sum it up. First look at this cutie at a play date first thing on Monday morning.

    It started with a visit to a new doctor for Miss Rainey Roux. We went to an Allergy and Asthma specialist to get her tested for various allergies. She has some nasty eczema that I have been struggling to keep under control, plus a cough that is keeping her up a night. We also wanted to check for a nut allergy since Thomas is allergic. Her doctor was amazing and explained everything to us, but we definitely let there a little shocked. Basically he ordered blood work to see what she was allergic to, prescribed her a steroid cream, and began treating her for asthma. Yeah, asthma. We are going to her pediatrician on Tuesday to discuss this diagnosis further and see if he has any different opinions on the matter.

    Then came the brutal insurance issue. We went to go pick up her nebulizer and prescriptions and get hit with a $973 bill just for her nebulizer medication. I literally started crying in the pharmacy. Thank goodness for our amazing pharmacist who worked so hard to get insurance to cover more and worked out a way for us to get a partial supply to get Rainey started on the medicine.

    The worst part of this process was the blood work. Oh, my sweet girl screamed and cried the entire time and all I could do was hold her and let her know that it was ok. They ended up have to use both arms to get enough, and baby girl had some pretty bruises afterwards. After her appointment, daddy had to go do a quick job, so he dropped us off at Legacy West and Rainey Roux got to have her first Sprinkles Cupcake. She loved every bite and it was well earned by our strong girl.

    We ended out the week on a high note, a girls trip to the zoo! Mom and I took Gray and Rainey to the zoo and we had a blast. Well most of us did, Rainey was terrified of all the animals. She was more interested in her snacks and pushing the wagon around. Gray loved it though, and I loved watching her! After the zoo we came home and had some more play time outside.

    I am so ready for this new week to start and give us a fresh beginning! I am ready to get her test results back and see where we go next. Wish us luck and say a prayer for our girl. Also, please say a prayer for our family in general, we have had a terrible event  (outside of Rainey’s medical issues)occur and we will need some healing prayers. Thank you.

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    What’s Up Wednesday:::February 2018

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    Linking up with ShaySheaffer, and Mel.

    What We’re Eating This Week…

    On Monday we spent the afternoon in Richardson (our old stomping grounds) and went to eat at our favorite, Super Chix! It was Rainey’s first time eating there and she LOVED it! The sweet fries are the best and finishing off the meal with some delicious custard was great after a stressful Monday. I can 100% say that we will be eating out the rest of the week because we have a lot of appointments coming up with Rainey, so busy week means easy meals on the go!

    What I am Reminiscing About…

    After spending the afternoon in our old stomping ground, I can’t stop thinking about how much we loved living in Plano. Every time I go back I miss it more and more. I know that moving away was necessary for me to stay home with Rainey Roux, but it doesn’t make me miss our home any less. Maybe someday we will be back, we do not know where life is going to take us these days, we know what we want, but getting there is a lot of work. Until then we will continue to pray for guidance and patience. 

    What I’m Loving…

    I am loving getting outside with my girl. We have been having some beautiful spring weather here in the DFW, and we have been taking full advantage of it. We love going on walks and Rainey loves playgrounds. We have been trying out different parks and hikes around the area and it is so beautiful. I encourage you, to get out, and explore! The outdoors is calling your name! 

     

    What We’ve Been Up to Lately…

    Where to begin? First off check out our week in review posts here,  here, and here for more details. Quick summary, we had the Krazies come for a fabulous visit, we played trivia for Valentine’s day, celebrated Pop’s 60th birthday, and started back for a new semester of MOPS. We have been crazy busy this past month, but it has been GREAT!

    What I’m Dreading…

    INSURANCE!! On Monday we took Rainey to an Asthma and Allergy doctor, because we have had some concerns for a few months now. Long story, I will go into it later, but we went to pick up her nebulizer and medication and they told us the medication alone would be $900! $900! Our amazing pharmacist is talking to insurance, so hopefully that will come down. Sadly though we still have more testing and doctors visits until we can get some final answers, so I am not looking forward to the bills. However, I am so happy that I listened to my gut and am getting her the help she needs!

    What I am Working On…

    It is the end of the month which means it is time to sit down with my bullet journal and plan out my next month on the blog. I love my bullet journal, it is a great tool for scheduling, brainstorming, and journaling. I am so glad that I began one, and it is not pretty, but it is perfect for me! I currently use an app on my iPad called Paper, by FiftyThree. It is great and allows me to insert a bullet page or grid page. It is a FREE app, and it has all you really need in the free addition.

    What I am Excited About…

    Y’all this blog is GROWING! I launched our new website and it is doing great! I am so happy that I am making this journey and that you have decided to follow along with us. I am excited to share more recipes, parenting tips, and all about motherhood. Some new Posts from this month include

    Rainey Valentine’s Day

    Oven Baked Chicken Recipe

    Find Your Mom Tribe

    What I am Watching…

    Well at the moment I am watching “The One Where Everybody Finds Out.” Love me some Friends! Celebrity Big Brother just ended and it was eh. I love Big Brother, but I just could not get into it with this cast. Is it just me? Then of course you have the Bachelor, which I watch, but again, I just can’t get into it.

    What I am Listening To…

    I am loving listening to podcast these days. When I am in the car, around the house, in the shower. I always have one on. My absolute favorite is Off The Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe. I always have a good laugh while listening and love when she gets juicy details about the Bachelor. You should definitely check it out!

    What I am Wearing…

    I am never taking this dress off or I just need one for each week. It is so comfortable and perfect for life with a toddler.

    Target Jacket

    LulaRoe Dress

    Plumdilly Necklace

    Toms Shoes

     

    What am I Doing This Weekend…

    Honestly we have zero plans, but we will see what ends up happening. I am just looking forward to spending time with my little family. I do know that we need to go to the grocery store, we have no food. So maybe a little family adventure to the grocery store is necessary.

    What I am Looking Forward To Next Month…

    So far we have Rainey’s first trip to the zoo planned and Mom’s Night Out!!! At the end of the month we are planning on a trip to Kerrville, but that is still up in the air. Honestly, this whole next month is up in the air.

    What Else is New…

    I began a new bible study this month called Fight Back with Joy, by Margaret Feinberg. It is such a great study so far. I highly encourage you to check it out and find the joy bombs in your life!


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    The Seals Family This Week

    What a week it has been for us. As most of you already know, I had the flu at the beginning of the week and was unable to get out of bed. I was miserable, so THANK GOODNESS for Thomas and my mother! They not only took care of Rainey, but also made sure that I was ok and fed. I think I was lucky and caught a quick strain of the flu, because my fever broke by early Tuesday and I was back to full time mom duty on Thursday. I was quarrentined so I think we avoided anyone else catching the flu. Fingers crossed, y’all!

    I missed MOPS on Wednesday, but my sweet girls did not forget about me. I got the sweetest delivery of my favorite sweets and a card. I am so lucky that I found this group of women and that they accepted with open arms. Ladies, find your Mom Tribe!

    This week was pretty gloomy, though, we had rain for days and by Friday Rainey was over  being stuck at home. Understandably, she had missed Little Gym this week and MOPS, so she and myself were ready to get OUT! It was still raining, so our adventure would have to be indoors, so the mall it was. Sweet girl loves to shop. She was “looking” through all the cute clothes at Baby Gap and she could not walk past a store without walking in. It was an adventure for me, but she was so happy to be out that it was all worth it.

     

    This weekend ended up being BEAUTIFUL! We were able to get out on Saturday for a walk around our favorite park in the area. We love getting outside and exploring, but it was definitely still wet outside. Then we went out to dinner at Lupe’s Tex Mex Grill and Rainey Roux went to town on the bean dip. It was nice to get out as a family and enjoy some yummy food!

    Then Sunday, we had a great time at Parr Park in Grapevine. Rainey loved climbing on the play sets and watching the older kids play. Afterwards we went to hang out with my sister and the Schwanbeck gang. It was much needed and refreshing to talk to my sister. Then we came home for a movie night. We watched Logan Lucky, and it was good. I mean who doesn’t love Channing Tatum, he is so easy to look at. Swoon! Now to finish off the week with some celebrity Big Brother. Who will it be?

    We have been Priming: Here are a few things we ordered this week.

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    A Few of my Favorite Things::02/23/18

    So The Seals Family was not very adventurous this week since I have been down with the flu, but I definitely have some favorites that I would love to share this week. Ha, they just aren’t very beautiful.

    My AMAZING support system at home! No seriously, I have been in bed since Sunday Night with the Flu. I have been quarantined, alone, away from my sweet daughter for days. My super husband and mother stepped up and took over my “mom” job, as well as still working a 40 hour week. It was such a great feeling knowing that while I was getting some much needed rest, Rainey Roux was in the best hands! THEY ARE SERIOUSLY THE BEST!

    My amazing friends. Throughout this week, I have had so many text messages checking in on how I am feeling and asking if I need anything. Then Thursday I get a sweet package on my door with my FAVORITE candy and a card. It is the little things that can make you feel so much better and my girls are the best. Check out my journey to find my Mom Tribe here.

    COFFEE, We are major coffee snobs in this household. We do not use a coffee pot, a Keurig, or a French Press. We use our beautiful espresso machine. YUM! Our addiction is real. We also are very particular on what type of coffee we buy. We try to buy from local roasters. We look for beans that have recently been roasted (check the date). Thomas used to roast our own coffee beans in our garage, but since that is a messy process, we have not done it since our move. Our favorite coffee right now is Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters and Summer Moon out of Austin. The flavors from these beans is beautiful. I promise once you have had their coffee, you will never want Starbucks again!

    Oh and check out that adorable Rae Dunn coffee cup.

     

    So in honor of The Bachelor Winter Games coming to an end, I decided I would share my ride or die WINE! Yes, two beverages in one post. My go to is 14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a so smooth with hints of coffee and spice. You see that word coffee there, yeah it an addiction. This wine is great, Thomas likes it too, so its great for your man too. It is also affordable, usually less than $10 at any grocery store. Do yourself a favor, and go get a bottle for your Friday night adventures.

    Pinterest. I had taken a break from pinterest after Rainey was born, but now I am back and I am loving it. Not only is it a great tool for finding yummy recipes, home decor inspiration, and parenting tips, but I have been using it as a tool to grow my blog. I am loving writing again and I want to be able to share my thoughts and ideas with more people. I have found great groups of bloggers that have helped me on this journey simply by pinning and posting. It is crazy how many people out there want to help you grow your blog and help you accomplish your goals. If you are new to the blogging world, go to pinterest, it will be your greatest tool. Check out my page and follow along for some of the group boards I am already a part of.