Friday, October 17, 2014

highest praise & a supermodel

After all my waxing poetic about body wash yesterday, you'd have thought I got it out of my system. But nope. In the course of 'researching' for my post and looking up the products on Ulta and Target's webpages, I happened upon some user reviews that a) made me pee my pants laughing and b) made me need more products by this line. Please enjoy:



Both of these reviews are for a different scent (Superfruit Complex Bubble Bath/Body Wash), but obviously I will be buying it (or begging Matt to get it for me) at my earliest convenience because it SMELLS LIKE ANGELS DESCENDED FROM HEAVEN AND DID A SWEET SMELLING DANCE IN THE BATHROOM??? It FEELS LIKE YOU ARE BEING LOVED?? Who are these reviewers and why aren't they writing poetry?! And why won't they be my best friend? We obviously have similar passion towards bath products, so 

Then I did end up going to Target last night specifically to buy some of the lotion (even though the humidity is still 700% most days, my skin is so dry it is ridiculous), but I just went with the tried and true frankincense & myrrh scent (because that Superfruit Complex is apparently only carried at Ulta). I also got the body scrub, because better safe than sorry and all that. Soooo...if you want to come hang out in my bathroom and smell all my products this weekend, I totally understand.

Let's see. In non-bath product news... there any??...

Oh yeah.

Millie's eyelashes continue to grow at an alarming rate. It's almost like God is forcing me to turn her into a baby model. Just kidding. But not really.

I tried to get a good picture of them while she was on her activity mat the other day.

That one was close, but they really are more impressive than that...just hard to capture on camera, I guess. But at least I captured this face:

Since Matt and I both make that ridiculous expression about 50 times a day, I'd say there's no question where that came from!

She may not decide to go into baby pageants, but she does seem to already understand the importance of accessorizing. She managed to wiggle the plastic ring on her elephant toy up onto her arm like a bracelet yesterday!

She was pretty proud of herself. Or maybe I'm just projecting.

We received an order of headbands and bows from Turbans for Tots yesterday- I was SO excited, as I've been scoping out proper head decoration since long before she was born. Naturally, Millie was napping when the mail arrived, so I had to wait several excruciating minutes before she woke up and could model them all for me. But it turned out to be worth the wait!!

I probably need to start watermarking my pictures so that unscrupulous companies don't steal her beautiful likeness and market their products with it. GAHHHHH she is beautiful!!!

After our post-dinner trip to Target last night, I spent a few minutes pretending there weren't a million other things I needed to be doing around the house and sipped hot chocolate and started a new book (that I've had on hold forever and FINALLY came in!).

It was delightful (and the book is good so far, although I'm not far in). I look forward to doing it a few more times this weekend. Yay fall!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

good enough for him, good enough for me

I'm working on getting Matt's Walking Dead extra interview together. But in the meantime, let's chat about something cleaner, shall we??

Body wash.

(Nope, not a sponsored review or post. Just a current passion.)

The preppy fashion and mommy bloggers have all but beaten the word obsession to death. I can't even think it without rolling my eyes. So we're just going to say I'm a big fan of these products. Not obsessed, because that would be lame. Just really enthused.

So before Millie was born, I was focusing on registering for and buying the things we'd need for her to come home. Baby bath products were on the 'buy now' list, since I assumed she'd need to be cleaned before we'd be able to have a baby shower. At one point in my life I was really interested in researching and analyzing and comparing every single product and thing related to babies, but at this particular time, I was long past that point. I just needed to get some stuff without expending too much emotional energy getting it. But I still had standards- when it came to bath products, I didn't want weird-chemical-filled and artificially-fragranced crap. I don't put that stuff on my skin; I certainly don't want to put it on an infant's skin. So I knew I couldn't just waltz into Target and buy the first thing I saw on the shelf. 

I made the logical decision to just ask my coworker/friend who has a baby and appropriately hippie standards. Ooooooohhh!!! she said when I asked. I love what we use!! It's ummm...yellow. You can get it at Target. I don't know what it's called, but it says 'frankincense and myrrh' on the front of it. It smells awesome and it doesn't have a bunch of weird stuff in it.

I asked what frankincense and myrrh smelled like- she said that she couldn't describe it, but it was great. Unusual, but great. And so it was decided- off to Target I went, searching for the baby body wash that was yellow with frankincense and myrrh. I couldn't help but smile at those two ingredients. I mean...frankincense and myrrh?? This is like the body wash Jesus would use or something.

Sure enough- there it was. And now flash forward to present day and you can go ahead and note that the bottle is half empty because IT IS SO DAGGUM AMAZING. I feel happy just thinking about this body wash. I go to the bathroom multiple times a day just to smell it. No wonder the Wise Men took Jesus gifts of frankincense and myrrh. They knew what was up. It's freaking awesome.

Not long after my discovery of this amazingness, I discovered that this brand ALSO has a whole line of adult bath products!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Those exclamation points are a mere shadow of my real-life excitement. I caused a scene in Target, I'm afraid. There are body washes! Lotions! Hair masques! Massage oils!! I need it all!! I can be scent-twinsies with my baby! (And stop borrowing her shower gel...) I can use the body wash that Jesus would use!

I finally got some this past weekend (I had to use up my other shower gel first, wahhhh). For the record, I got it at Ulta- they also carry the line, and the products appear to be mostly the same (or comparable) prices. But at Ulta you can use your $3.50 off $10 purchase coupon (plus earn points), soooo...Ulta wins this one. I'm happy to report that the adult version doesn't disappoint. It's even better because it's super moisturizing. I seriously spend all day long looking forward to taking my shower so that I can use it. It's kind of sad, really. Or maybe not.

Just like the baby version, it's free of lots of sketchy things.

So this is possibly the most boring post I've ever written, but I just felt like I'd be doing you a disservice not to alert you to this most holy of bath products. Frankincense and myrrh, folks. If it's good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for me. Also, now my Christmas list is started and finished. EVERYTHING THIS BRAND MAKES. Done.

Monday, October 13, 2014

cute baby, almost-famous husband

 We had a pretty delightfully uneventful weekend. We spent a lot of time watching football and watching our adorable little bobble head test out her little chair.

She's not really big enough for it quite yet, but she gets a kick out of sitting in it for about 49 seconds at a time. We're happy to acquiesce. Because she really does look like a bobble head when she sits there.

When Millie wasn't able to serve as my full-time entertainment because she was doing something boring like napping, I amused myself:

I've had that app for like a year and it doesn't get old. I put beards on Millie and Laney and texted the pictures to my parents with captions like they grow up so fast!!! and stuff like that. It cracked ME up, anyway.

On Saturday night my sister-in-law came over to hang out for awhile. We ate sushi, watched football, drank wine, and (finally) got all of the wall art up in the nursery! Let me tell you: wine and hanging gallery walls are a stellar combination. HA. 

We spent a lot of time getting excited for Sunday night's Walking Dead Season 5 premiere. But we had extra reasons to be excited beyond just liking the show...

Well, lots of you guessed it- or almost guessed it. 

Matt (not me!!) spent two days being an extra in Walking Dead!!!!

It was a really fun experience for him (and me, vicariously)- but unfortunately, not one he was allowed to talk about publicly until after the episode aired. But it aired last night!!! So let's talk away!!

The sad news: You could barely see him on TV.

That's his back (with a machine gun strapped to it). Basically you saw his legs run by, then this ghostly shot of his back/head. If you blink, you miss it.

The happy news: You could see him much better in the trailers.


Perhaps the yellow arrows will help you locate him. Since this trailer aired in July, we were really hopeful that we'd be able to see him on the 'big screen' when the episode aired. Sadly, we couldn't (in this scene). Womp womp. They panned far enough left to see the girl next to him!!!! But not him!!! Oh well. We re-watched the episode last night and only on the second viewing did Matt notice himself running by in that other scene. We had been totally focused on the fence scene and were so devastated that we didn't see him there that we didn't look hard enough during the running/chaos scenes!

So back when he filmed (in May), I was WAY OVER THE TOP EXCITED LIKE PEEING MY PANTS LIKE YOU CAN'T IMAGINE HOW FREAKING OUT I WAS and I had this huge plan to interview Matt and do a big tell-all on the blog because uhhhh hello, it is so cool that he was an extra on the best show on TV!!!! But then a lot of other exciting things happened over the summer and fall (can you think of any? hint: she's growing a beard already) and I never got around to actually 'interviewing' him and writing it up for a post. So last night Matt was like "do you have questions for me? Are you going to interview me for the blog??" and I was like...uhhh...riiiight. I still want to! I just haven't thought of what to ask yet. So maybe this will work out for the best- do you have any questions for him? Since today is a bank holiday, Matt is home and has plenty of time to answer all of your burning (heh heh- if you watched the episode) questions about zombies, machine guns, the Terminus set, and the general glamour of being a Hollywood Atlanta extra. So ask away! He's an open book, except for if it's something he can't be an open book about. I don't feel like getting sued by AMC. But he says he doesn't know any spoilers anyway, so I don't think it'll be a problem.

In conclusion, my baby is adorable even with a beard, and my husband faux-stabbed zombies for money. Happy Monday!!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

great discoveries

It's been another exciting week of maternity leave- I'm doing my best to not think about how how few weeks I have left. Gulp. Instead, I will focus on the good things.

This week we made a few great discoveries.

1. Fingers.

Uhhh, yeah. Fingers. They are amazing. I mean, she's seen them before, but sometime this week she started noticing that if they happened to land in her mouth, she can suck and bite on them which is extremely pleasurable. For us both- because it means that she has a tool to help calm herself down when we're in the car and I can't help fetch a lost paci! I've been trying to help her 'find' her fingers for a few weeks now, constantly putting them up next to her face (and/or just shoving them in her mouth, ha)...and finally it is sinking in and paying off!! One day I will probably totally regret this when we can't get her to stop sucking her thumb/fingers and she needs a trillion dollars worth of orthodontic work, but that day is not today. Today we applaud the adorable discovery of fingers! Plus, how cute is she sneaking them up out of her swaddle?? Such a little Houdini.

2. These amazing glasses.

I was going for something more subtle and mature...pretty sure I nailed it.

Just kidding. I was helping my MIL pick out frames for herself, but I just couldn't not put these on. Also, they were quite a steal- I think only $350 or so...before you pay for the lenses! So basically, I should get them in every color.

3. Babies love Couch to 5k too!

Since my gym membership isn't getting much action these days (as in, I've been once since August 5...), I decided to just start running again. Bleh. I could go to the gym in the evenings after Matt gets home, but like...I just don't feel like leaving and driving all the way to and from Athens just for that. No thanks. I'll just run here. I started back at the beginning of Couch to 5k just because it was easiest. Ha. I can definitely run more than that, but whatever. It'll make me feel good to have a couple weeks of 'easy' running. Plus, now I'm doing it with a stroller, so that's an added challenge (and an added bonus- places to put my phone and water, yay!). So if it works out during the day for us to go downtown and run, I run with Millie. If it doesn't, I'll run alone when Matt gets home. I much prefer running downtown because it's flat and there are shaded sidewalks- around my neighborhood it is hilly, sunny, and no sidewalks. Let's not make running any more miserable than it already is.

Anyway, this is Millie after today's run. She evidently finds running to be much more relaxing than I do. 

4. There's life on the outside.

The outside of my sister's womb, that is. That's right, folks: after approximately 812 weeks of gestation, my niece was forcibly evicted decided to exit the premises and try out life on the outside! Laney Marie was born yesterday, October 9, and is beautiful and surprisingly petite. If you think 9 pounds, 6.7 ounces is not 'petite,' then obviously you haven't heard that this baby's daddy (Sarah's husband, for the record) weighed over 13 pounds when he was born. So Sarah (at 9 days overdue) had plenty of reasons to fear.

Personally, I think she looks just like her cousin Camilla in the picture above! I am so excited and happy for Sarah and Mark and for us, too- Millie has girl cousins on both side of the family within 2 months of her age!

5. This cute baby in this cute fox dress.

So maybe this is a stretch...but I did discover this dress on the clearance rack at Target, so I think it counts. I took this picture Sunday and I personally think it is the cutest (if blurriest) picture on earth,'s the perfect note to end on. Happy weekend from Adorable Fox Dress Baby and me!