Friday, October 24, 2014

Chiefs, Royals, Red, and a Halloween Sneak Peek

Another eventful week in the books. I have some packing to do, so let's get right to this week's top five!

1. Chieeeeeeefs!!!!
Last Sunday Scott and I made the trip down to San Diego to see the Chiefs play the Chargers. I'm probably a little biased, but no stadium compares to Arrowhead. But, it was an awesome experience, and the Chiefs clenched a victory!

2. While we were cheering on the Chiefs Marcus was spending time with this lady…
Grandma Dudding is in town!! We've also managed to convince her to stay and extra few days so Scott and I can head to the World Series game in San Fran.
What would we do without grandmas? Seriously.

3. Speaking of World Series, I still can't believe this is actually happening.
We'll be cheering our hearts out tonight, at home, for Game 3. And tomorrow we'll be cheering our hearts out for the Royals in San Francisco, at.the.game!! Is this real life?!!!

4. Our week wouldn't have been complete without a trip to the aquarium. We even managed to  convince Grandma to buy a season pass, too.
With all the different marine life to check out there's just something so cool about the jellyfish.

5. Running my miles [RED].
Running to raise money for an AIDS free generation.
The campaign only lasts through December 7, so if you haven't pledge you still have time! To make your pledge and start running your miles [RED] click HERE and make your miles do more!

BONUS: Here's a little peek at our Halloween costumes - courtesy of Grandma Dudding's crazy sewing skills.
Forgive the poor image quality, I was working with a cell phone camera and extreme zooming.

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Fresh Look

This little ol' blog of mine has come quiet a ways since my very first post. From my writing to the photography, to the actual layout of this space, it has all changed, grown, and if I'm being honest, gotten better.

I've been toying with the idea of making yet another change to the look of my little piece of the Internet. Something fresh, clean, fun. I'm on the search for the perfect look and the perfect blog designer (because Lord knows I know nothing about code and what actually goes into making a blog look like it does).

What I'm also in desperate need of is a new blog button and intro picture. The ones I currently have are incredibly outdated, and I'm not loving them.

I haven't found a blog design I like, nor have I found the right person to help me make it happen (anyone know of a good - reasonably priced - blog designer??), but I did find the right outfit to wear for a potential button and intro picture. Thankfully I also had a cute 2-year old to assist me in my picture taking (because those solo photos felt really weird and unnatural. I'm not a fashion blogger, and for good reason).
When I was trying to decide exactly what to wear for this new blog look I'm hoping to achieve I couldn't find a thing in my closet. I was looking for something cute, but not too young; something dressy, but not too formal. There wasn't a thing that fit my needs.

Then I was introduced to eShakti.com, and their wide variety and selection of adorable, quality made clothes. As I was browsing their selection I fell in love with so many items. It was easy to see that my blog button and intro picture clothing choice would be taken care of.
Not only was the selection of clothing impressive, I was thrilled to see I could customize my dress to fit my shape. From standard sizing to custom sizing, sleeve length, and even skirt length, it can be done to fit every figure (may it be noted I have a very long torso and practically zero bust, finding a top that isn't a million sizes too big just so it will cover my entire torso is a real challenge). Never in all my shopping excursions (and there have been plenty of those in my life) have I ever had a chance or choice to make the clothing totally mine, and fit perfectly. With eShakti I could, and it was so easy!
Several dresses I was interested in came in different fabric choices. Looking for poplin instead of cotton? No problem, that change was possible too.
Now that I have the right dress and a cute subject to accompany me, I just need to figure out the rest of this blog look. And, I need to narrow down these pictures and decide which one might work best for a button and intro pic.
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Now tell me, any of these photos seem worthy of a blog button?
Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for a review of eShakti products on this blog. All statements and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

An Undies Update

I would hate to jinx our good fortune of an easy transition from diapers to big boy undies, but I can't help but want to document the progress. 

Almost exactly a month ago we took the plunge into potty training, and after three relatively easy, but accident prone days, we haven't looked back. 
In the last four weeks we've gone from a few minor accidents to no accidents at all.
Marcus has been incredibly consistent in letting us know when he needs to use the restroom. Often, he's not at all discreet with his announcement, which can make for some pretty entertaining glances from people when we're out and about. But, I'll take those comedic looks from strangers over wet pants and diapers any day of the week.
I have to add that Marcus continues to require assistance pulling his pants and underroos up and down, and he still wears a diaper during naps and bedtimes. However, more often than not Marcus will wake from his sleep and shout from his crib, "Mommmmmmmmy! I have to go potttttttty!" I can count on one hand how many times Marcus has woken from sleep with a wet diaper.
So, now that I feel we can successfully say we have a 98.2% potty trained toddler, can someone please tell me when toddlers start pulling their covers up, and covering themselves when they go to sleep? Because if I have to hear one more time, "Mommmmmy! Come cover me up!" I may have to burn every blanket we own….

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

RISE // Fall Bucket List

FIVE THOUSAND Jack-o-lanterns. FIVE THOUSAND!

When I discovered there would be an epic display of Jack-o-lanterns near us with 5,000 Jack-o-lanterns it was impossible to pass up on the opportunity to see such a sight.

After the less than thrilling pumpkin patch experience I was a little concerned how this event would shake out, considering it didn't start until after normal bed-time for a certain 2-year old. Lucky for me, the Jack-o-lanterns did not disappoint. I had one very captivated little boy on my hands. Not to mention, Scott and I were pretty impressed as well.

Because there were literally 5,000 Jack-o-lanterns, I'll let the pictures do most of the describing…
The event lasts all month long, and nothing is done to preserve the pumpkins. So, the rotted pumpkins have to be replaced with fresh ones each week!
While most of the pumpkins are real, some of the carvings are done with Funkins. However, all Jack-o-lanterns are hand carved.
Some pumpkins take a few minutes to carve while others can take up to 20 hours!
Many of the jack-o-lanterns were what you would typically find on any front porch this time of year.
Marcus thought the colored lights in the pumpkins were just about the coolest things ever.
However, many of the displays were done by true artists.
Blooming flowers.
Extraterrestrial life and the planets.
This tree almost looked like a Christmas tree with the garland of pumpkins.
An homage to horror movies.
Some of the most famous movies and characters to ever grace the big screen.
A stroll down Hollywood Boulevard.
Of the thousands of pumpkins carved can you guess which one was Marcus' favorite? I'll give a hint, it's the one with the mouse.
My personal favorite.
There's no place like home. There's no place like home. There's no place like home.
A little dino action.
Day of the Dead.
What's your Chinese zodiac? Apparently I'm a Pig.
To find out your sign click here.
Thanks for stopping by!
Obligatory family photo.
Oh my gosh, I'm still pining over these pictures, and my pictures didn't even capture a FRACTION of all that was carved into those pumpkins. There was an entire display of video game characters, a whole row of In Memoriam carvings from Hollywood actors who have passed away this year, a Humpty Dumpy display, and a few thousand others that I just couldn't get - because I was too busy trying to pick my jaw up off the floor, all the while take pictures, and keep up with Scott, Marcus, and our friend Barb who joined in the fun.

P.S. Did I mention this event also sells wine? We are so totally doing this again next year.

One more item checked off our Fall Bucket List.

What's been keeping your fall festive? Link up below with Stephanie, Elizabeth, and me, and let us know what bucket list items have been keeping you busy.
DesirĂ©e // Macke Monologues    Stephanie // Wife Mommy Me    Elizabeth // Chasin' Mason

Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy Marcus Monday!

Is there anything sweeter than a sleeping babe? 
A week's worth of sleeping Marcus pics (not weird, right?), and all the things he insists go to bed with him.
I think not.

Happy Monday!

Friday, October 17, 2014

We Can Be Royal

There has been so much AMAZING happening in the last week, I can barely handle all of it. Let's just get to it, because I'm beside myself with excitement.

This week's highlights:

1. In an *EIGHT GAME SWEEP* the Royals clenched the ALCS title - we're headed to the World Series, baby!
It's been so awesome watching the boys in blue this post season.
Check out this most fantastic parody of Lorde's Royals - all my KC Royals loving peeps will appreciate it immensely.

2. Wait. What?! Is this real life?!!
As we watched the Giants punch their ticket to the World Series Scott and I knew this was a once in a life time thing. So, we did what any sane couple with a child, and no easily accessible overnight/weekend child care would do (also known as, no family within 1500 miles), we secured tickets to Game 4 of the Series.

3. Not to be overshadowed by baseball, Scott and I are headed to San Diego this weekend to watch the Chiefs play the Chargers.
2011 - a tiny little Marcus is hiding snugly underneath my Chiefs shirt. :)
Last time we saw the Chiefs just so happened to be at Qualcomm in 2011, Chargers won 20-17. Let's hope this go-around the Chiefs have a more favorable outcome!

4. In non-Kansas City sports related news… This little fella has become my new best friend, and most recent obsession.
The Jawbone: a bracelet like device that tracks number of steps taken and sleep patterns.
Number of steps taken. Sleep pattern. Quick break down. Checking in consistently.
 I love checking out my stats multiple times a day. I'm such a nerd.

5. I'm running my miles Red.
Nike+ has teamed up with Bank of America. For each mile run forty cents is donated to the global fund to fight AIDS. Just another reason to love running. My miles are doing good for more than just me. If you use the Nike+ app I strongly encourage you to take the pledge. It costs nothing, and simply requires you to log into your account, and the miles are tracked automatically. To make your pledge, and start making your miles count for more, head HERE!

Phew - so much awesome all rolled into one!
Hope you have a great weekend!!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Some Fall Swag

Before Fall really got under way a few ladies and myself teamed up to co-host a bloggers swag swap. If there's anything I love as much as the season itself, it's getting to know other blogging ladies, and a box of goodies sent to and from each other.

I've participated in a few swaps like this before, and each swap has been a great. This experience was a fabulous as each prior experience.

D was my partner, and she and I really hit if off via email correspondence. We have no less than 14 emails back and forth. I've also enjoyed following along on her blog and fitness journey. To check our her story head over to a different d.

Moving along to the awesome goodies D sent…
The wrapping right at the get go was awesome. One of my favorite things about gift giving is presentation. It was fun to see D enjoys gift presentation as much as me.

Each of the items was individually wrapped with a cute little note attached to each.

As I opened each I got little goosebumps. It was like D has known me for years and picked out the perfect things to send my way.
A closer look at D's favorite fall things, which just so happen to be some of my favorite things, too!

A pumpkin grow kit for Marcus and me to try out! I'm no green thumb, but if I can pull this off I think I'll become a saint in Marcus' eyes (he's developed quiet the little love affair with pumpkins lately).

THIS delicious smelling candle. Oh my gosh, it's heavenly. I opened it and immediately the room was full of this sweet aroma. It's my new favorite scent.

I'm sort of slightly obsessed with notebooks, note pads, what have you. This is easily the cutest notebook in my collection. And, I love how D pointed out the pink, and to support breast cancer, especially during the month of October.

Outkast! They're from the ATL (which is where D is from - showing some hometown pride), and though D may not know it, they are one of my favorites! I have so many great memories from college that had Outkast blasting in the background.

Football, representing! So long as the Falcons aren't playing the Chiefs I'll be cheering the Falcons on!

D, I can't thank you enough for the sweet and thoughtful gifts that you picked out. Everything is just perfect.
To the ladies who helped co-host this, thank you! It's was such a successful swap, I hope we can do it again next season!
Candra - Camo and Lipstick
DesirĂ©e - Macke Monologues 
Shelli - Beauty and the Baseball Coach
Erin - Homemade Happenings
To all the ladies who participated in the swap this year, thank you, too! I hope your experience was as fabulous as the season of fall itself!

If you participated in the swag swap be sure to link up with us (linky below)!