Friday, April 10, 2015

Natalie is 7 Months Old!


Natalie, you are 7 months old! You babies seriously get more and more fun each month. You are getting SUCH a little personality. You are a funny baby. You do a little fake cough/laugh with your mouth wide open when you are super happy and playing. You're constantly flailing your arms and you like to give me constant high fives if I have my hand open to you. You are the happiest little thing as long as you're rested and fed. You love to sit on the floor like a big girl, surrounded by your toys and siblings. You love baths and love to splash. You also love to eat baby food about 3 times a day and are doing a great job learning how to drink water out of your sippy cup. You still nurse every 3 hours during the day but I'm thinking we'll be trying to extend that time with more baby food here very soon. You babble very loudly and pretty constantly. Daddy and I thought we heard you say "Mama" one time recently and then today (April 10) it sounded like you said it several times when you wanted me. You are really getting into everything you can reach and we can no longer leave you within reach of anything. You grab everything close by, even making messes if you can. Of course everything goes into your mouth!

You are still such a little Mommy's girl, but mostly when again, you're not rested or fed. If you are, then you're happy and will most likely let other people hold you. If you're starting to get sleepy or hungry, all it takes is for you to look at me and start crying.



You are such a chunk still. You went to your 6 month check up a couple weeks ago and weighed in at 20 and a half lbs. (95%). You were also in the 91st percentile for height. You are in 9 month clothes and even some 12 month stuff (like sleepers). You still don't have any teeth but your hair is looking like it's growing in and becoming longer!

6 month and 6 year check ups
 Oh those legs...


I feel terrible that I don't have any 6 month professional pictures of you, but I hope to take some here at home soon. I guess they will be a little late. You are doing much better at sitting up right now than you were a month ago so it works out.

You're a silly little thing!

 Do you know how hard it is for Mommy to get any housework or laundry done when there's this cute little lump on my bed smiling at me??! You're so irresistible!
 Little twins.

I can't believe you are over halfway to 1. I really wish time would slow down because you're not such a little baby anymore. I know in the next few months you'll start crawling and pulling up and cruising around. I'm not ready! You are still so, so cuddly though and I love getting my snuggles in each moment that I can. I love you so much sweet girl!

 Your first Easter. You looked beautiful in your sweet little dress!
 Happiest baby ever. Just the best.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum Review

I had the opportunity to try out OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum. I've heard good things about this brand so I was eager to use it. I love the fact that not only does it have 20% Vitamin C but also an Amino blend, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, and Ferulic Acid. It is said to have the highest quality Vitamin C and I can already tell a difference-my skin looks brighter each morning.


It comes with a convenient dropper and a little really goes a long way. It has a very thin consistency, almost like water. I use it under my moisturizer and I'm good to go! It dries quickly, so it's quick and easy-no excuse to not use it!

Here is the info. from the Amazon page where you can buy it: Click Here
- Proven to stimulate the synthesis of collagen which makes your skin appear years younger and more vibrant. 
- Antioxidant properties that will reduce skin damage caused by the sun, pollution & cigarette smoke. 
- Our Vitamin C helps to stimulate your skins rate of exfoliation for a brighter, smoother complexion. 
- Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles 
- Boosts Collagen Production For An Instant Youthful Appearance
If you don't already have a Vitamin C Serum you're using, this is a great one to get. You want something with 20% Vitamin C and the added ingredients help as well. There's also no alcohol, parabens, or sulfates in this serum. It's also 72% organic. Do your skin a favor and use this!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Madison's Birthday and Rainbow Party!

We wanted to make sure Madison had the best birthday ever since it was a few days before her party. We came into her class to be "Mystery Reader" and read the class a book. She was so excited. We also stayed to eat lunch with her. Pretty sure that was the best surprise ever.
She came with tons of little handmade "presents" and cards from her sweet classmates.

We let her decide where she wanted to eat for supper and for dessert. She of course chose Otter's for supper and Yogli Mogli for dessert.



When we got home, we sang to her using the free birthday cookie she got from Barnes and Noble (their little birthday club lets you choose a cookie or Cheesecake Factory cupcake with your coupon they email you-it's where they sell Starbucks).

After that, she opened a present from us and then we surprised her with the movie Brave and some popcorn. Of course, she wore her Merida dress.

She had a great time and got to go on a field trip the next day at school. Then her party was the next day. I had gotten on Pinterest and let her look at birthday party ideas and she chose the Rainbow theme. The main thing she wanted was a rainbow cake. I've never made a layered cake before, much less a 6 layer cake. But I figured I'd try for my girl, since that's what she wanted. I'm always up for trying new things, because you might find you enjoy them or are good at them! I had such a sense of accomplishment when I finally got done at midnight the night before, and even more accomplishment when we cut into it at her party and it looked perfect!




I also made rainbow colored popcorn (which was super sweet so I didn't eat any).

We had skittles, rainbow flowers, rainbow candy cookies, fruit, chips and cheese dip/salsa, and Daddy brought home taquitos at the last minute because we were all starving. It was a ton of fun but we forgot to serve the rainbow ice cream we had bought--oops. We always seem to forget the ice cream! Oh well. I also made rainbow sprinkled cake pops which were time-consuming but yummy.







She also wore her rainbow tutu and shirt that said "Super Fab" in rainbow colors.








Here she is blowing out 6 candles! It gets harder apparently ;)
video

Monday, March 30, 2015

Vita Science Maxasorb Vitamin B12 Cream Review

I've never used a topical treatment to get my vitamins, so I was intrigued to try Vita Science's Maxasorb Vitamin B12 cream. It's measured out so you get the right dosage-2 full pumps a day gives you 320 micrograms of Vitamin B12, 120 micrograms of Vitamin B3 (Niacin), and 10 micrograms of Folate.

This is from Vita Science's website:
Maintaining overall energy levels and cognitive abilities supports a healthy lifestyle. Vitamin B12 and folate help preserve DNA integrity and are important for lowering homocysteine levels. Key medical experts even suggest that all healthy adults over 50 years of age supplement their diets with 100 to 400 micrograms per day of Vitamin B12. 

I was still curious about the benefits of Vitamin B12, so I looked at the FAQ on Vita Science's website:
Vitamin B12 and folate are essential for preserving DNA integrity. They are also important for lowering homocysteine levels. High homocysteine levels increase risks for cardiovascular problems. B12 is also essential for synthesis of neurotransmitters and maintaining healthy neurons (nerve health). Healthy neurons improve cognitive processes and increase overall energy levels. Because vitamin B12 malabsorption and vitamin B12 deficiency are more common in older adults, the Linus Pauling Institute recommends that adults older than 50 years take 100 to 400 mcg/day of supplemental vitamin B12. 

I'm happy to be taking better care of myself and hopefully increase my energy levels-Lord knows I need it with these kids who never let me sleep! It contains moisturizers and antioxidants which are great for your skin, and has anti-aging benefits as well. I'm also grateful this comes in a lotion form which means less pills for me. I didn't even know there were topical vitamins so I'm definitely going to look into it more!

It has a pinkish tint and a peppermint smell with no greasy residue-love it!


If you are interested in buying Maxasorb Vitamin B12 Cream, click here to go to Vita Science's website:
Maxasorb Vitamin B12 Cream
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Sponsored post by BrandBacker. I received these products for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. All comments are my own. I was not paid to write this post.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Six.

My baby girl is now 6 years old. I'm having a hard time letting that sink in as it just seems so old! I cannot believe 6 years have passed already-I really wish time would slow down.


Madison, you are the absolute sweetest thing on Earth. We are beyond blessed to call you our daughter. You are my little buddy and I love every second I spend with you. You seem so much older than 6 though, because you are so mature and so selfless. You are my best little friend and I appreciate everything you do to help me out. You love on everyone you know and are so patient and kind to your little brothers and sister (whether they deserve it or not!)

Holding baby sister a few months ago
Girls and their chocolate. You didn't know how that chocolate got on Natalie. Hmm.


I am so incredibly proud of you and all your hard work at school. I have to brag on you now because I want you to go back and read this one day-please know that I will always be proud of you not based on your grades, but as long as you do your best and do what's right in the eyes of the Lord. You have such amazing character and an amazing conscious-I think you inherited the conscious part. You are a child of God and that is obvious about you. You do your best and strive for more-you love to learn and you love to help. You got your report card on your birthday and made straight 3's and 3+'s again. You know all your sight words (knew 217 out of 220 at the beginning of the year) and knew all the math you were supposed to learn the whole year at the beginning of the year as well. Your reading is incredible. You are 2 little levels away from being on a 2nd grade reading level. You always set an amazing example for others and especially for your siblings. Your teacher said you have good behavior, great character, go above and beyond, and are a hard worker.

Your 3rd report card ever. All 3's and 3+'s. Again.
You girls are my brownie makers for Tuesday night Bible study at our house. 



God has blessed us so much in giving you to us. I don't know where I'd be without you, especially in taking care of your brothers and sister. I hope you never change, just continue to get sweeter and sweeter (if that's even possible!) You told me that you would snuggle with me forever, even when you're an adult. I just might hold that to you, you know! You are so beautiful inside and out. People and teachers/Sunday School leaders always come up to me and tell me how smart you are or how sweet you are, and strangers compliment your beautiful red hair on a regular basis. You are truly unique. You are still such a petite little thing, not even 40 lbs. yet. You're wearing a 5/6 because you have good height on you, but not much else ;) You are healthy and constantly energetic and I love how "kid-like" you still are. You are pretty girly in most aspects but can still play with the boys when you want. You have a few best friends at school, but 2 of them are boys that you love being silly with.

You were "Missy Mouse" in your Kindergarten Zoophonics parade several months back. All the kindergarten classes marched around the school singing the zoophonics song, everyone dressed as a different animal. Cutest thing ever.
Enjoying our new back deck.
During your Praisentation at E-force Wednesday night. 

You've lost 3 teeth total and have 1 wiggly one. Only 2 permanent teeth have grown in though, because you have such a little mouth. Your dentist wants you at the orthodontist very soon. Sounds like you're taking after Mommy :( I do love your toothless grins though. Your wiggly one is a top middle tooth and I can't wait till you're a snaggle-tooth here soon!

I started posting about when you accepted Christ a few months back, but never finished. I'm just amazed at how much you really understand what it is to be a Christian and how much you "get" the gospel. You can easily tell all about Christ and what He did for us and why, as well as why we take the Lord's Supper. You accepted Christ into your heart as your Lord and Savior on September 27, 2014. You were just 5 1/2 years old. I always knew you'd understand and come to know Him at an early age because of how bright you are. We've done our best to teach you at home and have you in church each Sunday and Wednesday as well, for you to learn and grow. I was 6 years old when I accepted Christ and remember that being an emotional moment, sitting on my bed with my parents in Guatemala. Madison, you were emotional too and started tearing up as you prayed to God. We (you, me, & Daddy) were all sitting in Grandmommy and Lito's room while we lived in their house. Such a sweet moment when you walked downstairs and proudly announced to them that you were a Christian now. You call me not only Mommy, but your Sister in Christ now. You truly understand and are excited about it-like every Christian should be. I'm so thankful to God that He has saved you and you will now go to Heaven one day to be with Him forever. You were able to take the Lord's Supper this past Sunday night at church, for the very first time-March 22, 2015. I explained it to you and what the bread and juice meant-you easily explained it to Grandmommy when she asked if you knew. You prayed and thanked God by yourself with us around you there in the evening service in the gym. You kept your little cup as a sweet reminder of it.

Moments after you accepted Christ. So full of joy!

Your first Lord's Supper on March 22, 2015. Proudly holding your cup.

I am so proud of you and I know God has amazing things in store for you-you will do amazing things through Him in your life. There is a reason you are incredibly bright and passionate and kind. You are one of a kind and you've blessed us greatly being our daughter. We love you, Beautiful. Happy 6th birthday!

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