Tis the Season

FOR PUMPKINS! 

I made these last year and I can't wait to make them again! It was so easy and fun for the kids to do on a rainy or cold fall day. You can use already make faces or use tape like we did, which is a tad bit cheaper  =)

Pin it here - http://www.pinterest.com/pin/155514993356723579/
The Original Post - http://lovinjosiah87.blogspot.com/2013/10/pumpkin-fun.html


 




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Did you know?
Bleach will kill bacteria (DUH) and help your pumpkin stay fresh longer. 
Never even thought about this!
After you scoop out & carve your pumpkin, dip it into a large container 
of bleach and water (use a 1 tsp to 1 gal mix).
Once completely dry, (drying upside down), mix together 2 tablespoons
of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to a quart of water. Put it onto
 your pumpkin to keep it looking fresh for weeks. 

Kidecals Review & Giveaway with Mom Buzz Media



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I have heard about Kidecals.com before and wanted to try them, so when Angie offered a giveaway I couldn't resist! When I saw the website I knew exactly what I was going to order! I could have used them for Josiah, but I already wrote his name on everything in black permanent marker. So I figured what perfect way to expand my business, then with these stickers!


I got the Rainbow Dot labels for my business. I customized them to have my name and my website for Thirty-One. I use them on my handouts, brochures and even on my name tag at work! I love that they are Waterproof and very durable! 





MEGA SET ($28) INCLUDES:
• 24 two inch labels and 48 one inch labels = 72 labels
EVERYDAY SET ($21) INCLUDES:
• 12 two inch labels and 24 one inch labels = 36 labels
MINI SET ($21) INCLUDES: 
• 66 one inch labels



I ordered the EVERYDAY SET, so that I could also get one more item and I chose to order the Chalkboard labels. They are only $10!!! I labelled the "Pickle Jar" canisters I am making in the kitchen! I am using them to label my Sugar, Coffee, and etc. 
They come in different sizes and shapes. I got the cloud shape.
SET OF 12 ($10) INCLUDES:
6 three inch and 6 four inch labels=12 labels
Over-All I love the stickers I ordered at Kidecals.com. I think they are very strong and durable for anyone, not just kids! 

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Baby Bump Hump Day {27 Weeks}


(I'll update with picture later, I'm at work right now!)
Baby is size of a cauliflower today!!

How your baby's growing:

This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (about the size of a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended. She's sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby's brain is very active now. While her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if she were to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don't bother her, so just relax and enjoy the tickle.
See what your baby looks like this week.  --- VIA 

Symptoms
 TIRED! This is a BIG one. BACK PAIN! OMGoodness I can't even do dishes without my back being in so much pain! I have to stand up at work for 8 hours. But do I? PUH! I'd be on the floor by the end of my shift.. I actually went to the doctor yesterday and the E.R.! I went to bed with some real bad chest pains. found out I have pleurisy!! It hurts to lay down, it hurts to laugh, and it hurts to move in certain positions. (definition is below) I am very short fused.. very irritable. Joe is pisses me off, Josiah pisses me off. And I think they are both doing it because they can. LOL 


Sleeping
 OK I haven't had the best sleep. Between the peeing constantly, restless leg syndrome, Josiah's not going to sleep (we're trying the go to sleep by himself ) AND JOE'S SNORING! I can't get a good nights sleep. I'm always so tired during the day and even if I slept all day and night I'd still be tired! I even take naps. 

Cravings
 Nothing healthy! it actually stresses me out more to try to eat healthy all the time. So I've come to the conclusion that I'm not going to stress about what I'm eating. Just be more cautious.

Maternity Clothes
 I haven't bought anything in about two weeks and now I'm going on a strict budget so I won't be buying anything else!! Especially with the baby sprinkle coming up and I'm hosting it myself! (my choice) I have to save up every little bit I can! 


Weight gain
  I weighed in yesterday at 172.2 So I'm basically the same as two weeks ago! whoo-hoo!! 


Exercising
 Still no exercise there is just not enough time in the day to go for a "walk in the park"!!! I try to do other things, but between Josiah going to school and working it's hard to get even an hour when I'm not exhausted as it is!! Did I mention that I'M SO TIRED!!!

Stretch Marks
 I already had Stretch marks but I've been using the It Works Stretch mark cream along with my cocoa butter and bio oil to see about not getting more stretch marks. I've been using it for about a month now & I kind of see a difference on my thighs but not really so much on my stomach area. 


Movement
 Still feeling her move like crazy, now I can see BIG TIME from the outside when I'm laying down but every time I try to record it or let someone touch my damn stomach she STOPS! She is so stubborn! ^_^


Labor Signs
  No just braxton hicks

Gender
 We found out HERE that we were having a GIRL!!


Baby Names 
  THIS is a hard one!!! I have a few names I've been thinking about. It's so hard when people around me are so judgmental about the names that I DO like! Here is my list. 




 Amillie is still my top name. But I've already said this more then once, that I will probably name her... when she comes out. I heard that was normal to do, right? (ahhhh I can't wait!!!) 

Belly button in or out?

 Still in.

Rings on or off?
 My rings are still on. They are getting a little tight. I might have to take them off SOON. LOL

Nursery
 Still looking on Pinterest for more nursery ideas. I also wrote a post about my Baby Girl Nursery Inspiration. I'm looking into this design for my mom's house. Since right now that is where we are =) I am already buying hangers, this is something we didn't do for Josiah.. I am going to actually use the closet instead of just stuffing all their stuff in there! 


Doc Appointments

 I had a doctors appointment yesterday. Just a normal routine check up. I saw her in the little hand held ultrasound and listened to her heartbeat. The rate was up at 147. My stomach measured 28 in. which she said was good ^_^ 


I did though go to E.R. & got diagnosed with "Pleurisy". 
Pleurisy is a painful condition that you feel whenever you breathe in or out. Usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection of the pleural membranes, they become inflamed and rub or lose their lubricating capacity. Treatment may consist of anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, and even restriction of lungs by binding the outside of the chest to prevent deep breathing and consequent pain. VIA
Since I can't take anything because I'm PREGNANT! I am pretty much left with Tylenol. Tylenol PM worked from 10 pm til about 3 am this morning, then I tossed and turned the rest of the morning until I had to get up for work. 

 I only have another month until my baby sprinkle! AND I couldn't be more excited! I'm just so excited to do all the decoration and food preparation, it's going to be sooooo cute! I just hope I don't go over board and make it look tacky. 



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Mani Monday ; Jamberry Review & Giveaway!!



I've been hearing a lot about Jamberry Nail on Facebook and Twitter. I wanted to try them but at $15 a sheet, I didn't want to do that and hate them. So when Jessica asked me to do a review and giveaway for you, I was super excited!! 
My Review

I read the instructions on how to apply them. It seemed a little tedious and I was right! I definitely had to watch the video!  I wiped my nails with an alcohol wipe and pushed back my cuticles. Matched the nails to best fit which finger. Got the blow dryer out and warmed the wraps up for a few seconds, so they were flexible. I pressed them onto my nails firmly every where to adhere the wrap. When they were cool, I trimmed the wrap off the end of my nail with a pair of nail scissors and then filed it using a downward motion. Be careful not to go upward as you might take the wrap off. 




As you can clearly see, You get better with time! LOL 

What I love:
  • ZERO dry time! 
  • They held up well against daily life.
  • They have so many different designs.
  • There is no damage to my acrylic nails.
What I don’t love:
  • Not as easy as just painting them. 
  • I don’t love the price. $15 a sheet isn't really in my budget at the moment, with baby coming and all. 
  • The air bubbles on the sides that I just couldn't get out, not matter how hard I tried.
  • The learning curve. I think it’s going to take me 2-3 more times to really get good at applying them. Practice makes perfect! 
If you would like to try a sample, you can contact Jessica through her Facebook page to get a free sample.

I think over-all Jamberry Nail Wraps are great and are a good quality.  I would definitely recommend them and am hoping I can get some after the baby comes! And maybe I'll be better at them! 

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Jamberry is a company that was started by three sisters looking for a better alternative to costly salon visits. Jamberry nail wraps are high quality, vinyl nail wraps that can last for weeks on fingers and toes. There are no harsh chemicals and they are not polish, so there is no chipping or dry time. Jamberry has over 300 adorable design options to choose from. One sheet of nail wraps will give you up to 2 manis and 2 pedis!

The KEY to a successful Jamberry application is thoroughly washing hands with basic dish soap (non-moisturizing) and then cleaning with alcohol so that the nails are dried out. Secondly, ensuring that you let the nail cool prior to trimming/filing so that you don’t break the seal is important. There are other tips and tricks out there, if you are worried the application method above won't work, search for application videos on Youtube...there are tons!






Sunday Social

It's that time again! 

Sunday Social

This Weeks Questions:
1. Favorite Scent 
Apples!!! Anything apples! I'm not a fan of eating baked apples, but the smell of them baking them is wonderful! I can't wait for #Fall!! 
2. Favorite Food


I don't really have a favorite food, but I do love pizza and french fries. It's what I'm craving right now in my pregnancy. :P    but I do also love steak, asparagus and a real good cucumber salad!
3. Favorite Sound
I'm def not a fan of rain right now. It keeps me up all night. My favorite sound is silence. LOL
4. Favorite Picture currently on your phone
He is so sweet when he wants to be. I love my son!! 
5. Best memory of the year so far
This is actually a hard one! I've had a lot but not so many, so I could name them all but I'm gona have to say when Josiah went back to school. HAHA I love him, but there's no better day then to actually get stuff done! 
Next Weeks Questions:
1. What is your favorite part of Fall?
2. Do you have anything special planned for Fall?
3. What is Fall like in your area?
4. What is your favorite Football team to cheer for(college or professional)?
5. Do you decorate for Fall? Show us pics!!!



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Chocolate Brownie Oat Cookies!!

I found this recipe about a week ago on Chelsea's blog and I knew right away I had brownies at home I had to make them!! 



Chocolate Brownie Oat Cookies 

Ingredients ;

1 box brownie mix 
1 cup oats 
1/2 cup vegetable oil 
2 eggs 
1/4 cup water 
1 cup chocolate chips

In a bowl, mix together the brownie mix, oats, vegetable oil, eggs and water. Then when smooth add the chocolate chips

At this point you'll want to preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line the cookie sheet with parchment paper

Place heaping tablespoons of mix on a large plate and pop into the freezer for about 30 minutes.

Place dough on your lined cookie sheet and bake for about 12 minutes 

Possibly the BEST cookies ever!!! I promise you will never bake regular brownies again!!!! 


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Fall Bucket List

My Fall Bucket List 2014


Make a Fall wreath
Make all types of Fall crafts!

Turn paper cups into spiders! Easy and fun for the kids! http://www.lovinjosiah87.blogspot.com
VIA 
Go to as many Pumpkin Patches as possible
Carve pumpkins
Have many bonfires roasting marshmallows (this is Josiah's favorite)
Cook all kinds of soups 
Roast pumpkin seeds
make a Halloween Ribbon Wreath 


DIY - Halloween Ribbon Wreath. (Use different ribbons to make a wreath for any holiday or decor.  It would be cute as a sports team wreath for a 'teens' room).


Go through a corn maze & try to get Josiah in one! 
Make Halloween cookies
Have a picnic in the park
Go on a hike
Make an apple pie
Make pumpkin muffins 
Find a cute Fall pregnancy outfits


Fall Fashion Pregnancy Edition

Get a pair of Winter Boots 


Fall is right around the corner!!! What is on your bucket list!? 



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alternaVites Kids Giveaway!

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DIY Jute Vase


I did get everything from the dollar tree. I already had the hot glue gun so this project in total cost me around $3. Even cheaper if you use a vase you already have. AND the best part is it's perfect for fall or really any season! 

What you'll need ; 
Vase 
Jute
Hot Glue Gun

All you do is start from the top, wrap your vase with the jute and often using the hot glue gun to keep the jute in place. You don't have to cover the whole vase with glue but it was especially necessary to use it when the vase curved inward.

Using a thicker jute will help the process go by faster but I didn't want to fork out the 4 extra dollars.  




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Back to School, I almost cried

Back to School 2014! If you missed my last post about going back to school, you've have to check out my wonderful & cute #DIY Apple Mason Jar for your child's teacher! If your child has already gone back to school and you feel like it's too late for a teacher gift, you can also use this as an Teacher Appreciation gift! But I say it's never too late to give anybody a gift! 

So yesterday Josiah went back to school! He is not quite 5 years old so I put him back into the preschool program at the church he went to last year. This time he will be going 5 days a week for half days. I didn't think it was the right time to put him in full day school. So my mom agreed to pay and I accepted. 

I have to tell you this is still pretty emotional!! I ALMOST CRIED! Mostly because of happy thoughts but also because he is growing too damn fast! He was so excited to go back to school. I snapped pictures as he dressed himself

I also had to get pictures with the wonderful print outs that I found last week. 

Silly Love Notes VIA










Back to school Photobooth Printables VIA

Back to school First day signs VIA





Anyways! I will try to keep happy thoughts in my head and move forward! 

How did you handle your little on going back to school?! 


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Sunday Social!



Sunday Social


5 Things you want us to know about you 
  • I have a 4 year old, HE is turning 21 in November and I am pregnant with my second. SHE is due December 17th! 
  • I don't really have a favorite anything, I'm so easy to please.. I love all the colors, I love every kind and type of food, I really do just love everything! (well not really everything but you get my point, I think lol)
  • I like to start projects & then I either get lazy or most of the time forget to finish them! 
  • My favorite TV Shows are CSI, SVU, Revenge, & Vampire Diaries.
  • I was born in Germany and I have a Green Card.
You can read whoooole lot more HERE & HERE & HERE

5 Favorite things about blogging


  • I love getting to meet a lot of new bloggers! 
  • I also enjoy the "me time"
  • I love reading every ones posts
  • I really really enjoy Link Up Parties
  • I love all of the great ideas! 

5 Things you are doing before the year is over

  • For one, I'm having a baby!!! hahaha
  • Get Thomas back out! & actually find him this year!

 
  • Go to the circus again! Josiah had a blast but this time he wants to bring his nana! And she has never been. I can't wait! 
  • Make a BIGGER Ginger Bread house/ or whatever it may be
  • Decorations!!!!! I'm so ready and I can't wait!


5 Favorite Fall Fashion Staples


  • I actually just wrote a post about this!(It'll be live this week) A lot of things would be the same as last year but because I'm pregnant, obviously maternity jeans are a must! 
Fall Fashion Pregnancy Edition
  • Any shirt that is loose
  • Cardigans & Scarfs
  • Ballet flats 
  • And maxi dresses! 

5 Favorite beauty products



  • Ulta Eyeliner {1}
  • Boi-ing concealer {3}
  • Sephora mattifying foundation {4}
  • CARMEX {5}
  • L'Oreal B.B. cream {7}
What's in your make-up bag?


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