Friday, May 22, 2015

it's been FIVE years.

... since i made the best decision of my life.

God sure knew what he was doing when he sent this man my way. greg is truly a wonderful husband and i am so lucky to call him mine. he puts up with a lot of sass and does it with a smile on his face... well, most of the time ;) 

it's been an amazing five years and i'm looking forward to the rest of forever.

happy anniversary, babe. i love you!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

strawberry pickin'

last tuesday the weather was perfect- in the 60s and sunny, and greg had the day off of work, so we decided to spend the morning picking strawberries at a local farm.
 carter knew exactly what they were when he saw them- he LOVES strawberries!
and daddy showed carter how to pick them off the vine.
 he did a good job picking the ones that were ripe and ready to eat.
but then he decided that he needed to taste test them before we committed to a whole half gallon
 needless to say, he gave his stamp of approval ;)
note the car in his hand in all of the pictures. he's obsessed with cars these days and will not leave home without a couple in his hands.
 he had fun running up and down the rows of strawberries.
 i love that this cute little farm is so close to our house.
 the strawberries are delicious. and the homemade strawberry ice cream is pretty good, too.
 carter liked it, but i think he would have been just as happy with plain vanilla.
 such a fun morning with my little family.
my little lovin' is getting WAY too big but we are so excited for some fun outings this spring and summer now that he is a little older.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

baby shower brunch.

a while back i posted pictures of my sweet friend, angela's gender reveal and mentioned how excited i was to throw her a girly baby shower! since we are both boy moms, our lives are currently consumed with trucks, dirt and bugs... and so we are so looking forward to a little pink in our lives.
on entry table when you walk in, i removed the pictures of carter that normally fill the space, and added some pink touches- the framed invitation and fresh flowers.
the print on the left side is the first game: baby bingo- all you do is print a bingo chart- (there are freebees online, but i had my invitation designer make me some that coordinated with the invites), have the guests fill in what they think the mama-to-be will receive as gifts (onesies, body wash, diapers, etc) and they cross them off as she opens presents. first to get bingo gets a prize... it's a great way to keep the guests involved during the sometimes awkward gift opening ;) 
 the favor: a homemade sugar scrub (just mix dawn dishsoap- the kind with olay/pomegranate scented and sugar and stir until you reach desired consistency- so easy and pretty, too!)
since the shower started at 11, we decided to have brunch type food... 
chicken minis from chick-fil-a
mini quiches
glazed donut holes
fresh fruit
spinach dip and pita chips
yogurt parfaits
and for an extra surprise, i got white chocolate cheesecake {angela's fave from our fave mama's night out spot}... it's likely the most well- known cheesecake in town, so several of the guests were excited about it!
and a mimosa bar!
i served three kinds of juice- orange, blueberry pomegranate and peach mango with several fruit options: oranges, strawberries, pineapple and limes.
{and of course we had water and sweet tea for the non-drinkers}
the "baby shower" bags in the next two pictures were for the next game... you place a baby item in each wrapped bag with the letter on the outside. what was in our bags:
 what was in our bags:
b- bibs
a- applesauce
b- burp cloths
y- yellow rubber duck
s- shampoo
h- headbands
o- onesies
w- wipes
e- ear thermometer
r- rattle

the guest who guesses the most correctly gets a prize.
i used the banner that i made angela for her gender reveal as decoration in the living room.
 i replaced this picture in the dining room (which is usually a picture of carter, of course) with an ultrasound photo... and these bags are the prizes for the shower games: my favorite scented candle, and a starbucks tumbler and gift card.
 a photo of all the lovely ladies who came to the shower :)
 angela opening presents. that little gingham onesie? i can't. so cute.
 so excited for all the girly things!!
angela is laughing in this next one because her friend kendra included a koozie- a gift for mama in her bag... loved it!
 lots of sweet PINK clothes!
this last gift was from my mom, who deserves a special shout out for coming and helping me throw the shower and being the stand in mimi for the day since angela's mom wasn't able to come. 

angela, i cannot wait to meet this baby girl, she will be the perfect addition to your sweet family! love you, friend!!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

canvas pop review + giveaway

when canvas pop contacted me to do a review on their products, i was super excited to decorate my walls with one of my favorite pictures of my boy. i knew just which one i wanted to pick- this picture was taken last September from my moms 12 month photo session with my sister in law and will always be a favorite. the only hard part is deciding the perfect place to put it!
i was very pleased when the order shipped. it arrived quickly and the packaging was very protective. 

the color and quality is awesome. it is wrapped tightly and i don't foresee it loosening as some of my other canvas prints have done.  i chose the photo wrapped edging option, which is shown in the next picture... 

the exciting part is that canvas pop has also so graciously offered to give a 16x20 canvas to one of my lucky readers! simply:

(1) follow my blog via bloglovin' 
(2) leave me a comment telling me which picture you would pick to enter 
 make sure that i am able to contact you from your comment- leave your email address if you are unsure.
(3) for up to three additional entries: follow me on instagram, facebook and/or pinterest and leave a separate comment for each telling me that you did so.
 

OR for 35% off your order just use the code CRAZYWALKBLOG35 at checkout {valid through june 30th}

{both are restricted to US and Canada residents only}

and if you want to check Canvas pop out further, you can find them here: 

giveaway ends may 7th, at midnight. GOOD LUCK!

Friday, April 3, 2015

spring lovin' and egg huntin'

spring is finally here and i am absolutely loving it! my boy loves being outside so much, so we have taken advantage of the gorgeous days we've been having {in between the rainy ones} and spending a lot of time outdoors. 
on tuesday, hannah {our baby boot camp instructor} graciously had 10 mamas {and 12 babies/toddlers!} over to her house for a hunt and egg dying party.
 she even borrowed her niece's pet bunny, sebastian, for the kiddos to meet and take pictures with!
carter loved him. i told him to "be gentle, like we pet Bud" and i was impressed with how sweet and easy he was with him. bless that bunny, he was very tolerant.
 then we had an egg hunt in the field across from hannah's house!
 i love this age because they are not competitive at all. they share their eggs, and don't really care how many they end up with!
it was fun seeing him realize that there is fun stuff IN the eggs, too!
 but he did good... he got a good amount of eggs and had a lot of fun!
only 3 of us mamas were brave enough (ha!) to let our toddlers give it a go with egg dying. which resulted in carter and henry trying to drink the vinegar + food coloring mix, and carter dying his hands and feet a lovely shade of blue ;) obviously i was too busy on damage control to take pictures of the egg dying adventures.

then on thursday we hit up a second easter egg hunt.
 this one was fun because daddy got to come along, too!
 this time he knew exactly what to do... i love how quickly they catch on!
have i mentioned how much i love holiday seasons as a parent? it's probably one of my favorite things... i can't wait for more Easter fun this weekend!

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