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Did you say Mama?

She has finally done it! Maddie said Mama for the first time yesterday! Up until this point, everything was “Daddy”…even I was Daddy, too. After picking up the girls from the nanny last night, and bringing them home and settling down, Maddie started mumbling something and it came out, “Ma…Ma”! I was so excited and happy to hear it! Yet another milestone reached. It also feels good to not be called Daddy anymore, haha. Completely diffuses the confusion! 

This is another reason why I want to be a stay at home mom. I really fear missing out on some of my girls’ firsts. I want to experience it all…saying Mama is such a big deal to me, haha. I had to wait a whole 10 months to hear it from her! I am so proud. Isn’t it amazing? To get excited and feel so much joy and happiness on such little things in life?

I feel like we are so close to walking! Fingers crossed, because Maddie is a little on the heavy side. Carrying her is an entire workout. She is starting to stand more unassisted and for longer periods…until her legs get all wobbly and she falls down. It’s so funny! She’s getting into toddlerhood. Pretty soon, we’ll have two toddlers running around the house. I need to prepare myself to say goodbye to what is left of my sanity! 

We are still working on getting the girls’ shared room ready. Key word is “working”. We need to find paint colors, paint all the walls, get some new furniture in (by the way, Elizabella’s big girl bed got delivered yesterday. Yay!) and actually get the girls to sleep in it. That part, I can’t wait for, but the hard work I know it’s going to be, I’m not looking forward to!

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Small Business Love – Valentine Bows & a Discount Code

Friday has finally come! I spent this entire week home from work, and the weekend coming up just reminds me that I have to work on Monday. I’m not excited about that. This weekend, we are going to check out a Garlic Festival. My husband says they have garlic ice cream? I’ve never heard of such a thing, but I love trying new thing. I’m curious to see what that will be like. My next post will probably be about garlic ice cream. Lol. Anyway, guys. Let’s talk bows. Don’t you love how cute they are and how unique they can be? I’ve partnered up with a few shops I found via Instagram. They are seriously a gem. I’ve ordered a few things–that I am waiting to get delivered–from them. I’m addicted at this point. I got these two bows from Babalu Bunny Boutique and I seriously cannot handle the cuteness! I got them for my girls to wear for Valentine’s Day, but they can be used on any occasion, which I like. How amazing do they look? Not only do they look adorable, but the quality is impeccable. I love Julie’s work. You can find her on Etsy, Instagram, or join her Facebook VIP group (she always has sales, giveaways, and ready to ship deals (last one was $2 bows. How crazy is that???). Elizabella is on full glamour mode right now. She loves playing with my makeup, is obsessed with shoes, and cannot get enough of hair accessories. Her second birthday is coming up in March, and I know just what I am going to gift her xD! She once threw a tantrum at our local Crazy 8 because she wanted ALL the headbands. And I told her, “Nope. We only get one”. It was so funny watching her go through the headband selection and pointing at the one she liked the most, “That one!That one!”.

Throughout the month of February, you can use the code TEAMFF to get a sweet discount on Babalu Bunny bows. Be sure to mention @hellomaddiemei!

Strawberry Cheesecake Egg rolls

One of our favorite desert finds were cheesecake egg rolls. I mean, who doesn’t love cheesecake?! My husband found the recipe on Facebook and tagged me on it. I just knew I had to make it and enjoy this delish. We first made this on Christmas Eve last year, and they were such a hit! We wrapped and put them in little bags for my brother-in-law and his wife and our children’s nanny as Christmas gifts (delicious, and homemade with love!). I am no professional when it comes to cooking. My go-to breakfast/lunch/dinner is ham and cheese sandwich on a baguette with a spread of laughing cow cheese and some ketchup. I was happy to see it was something that I could easily make without burning the house down…or at least triggering the smoke alarm in our living room. And, as a mom with two clingy girls who love following me wherever I go (I might as well call them my tails), I love that this recipe isn’t time-consuming — because in this house, time is breastfeeding and/or putting on pretend makeup, my friends! 

The original recipe (I will link once I find the Facebook post) includes sour cream, but I have a strong distaste for it, so I don’t keep any at home; going shopping for sour cream would have probably entailed a Target shopping spree for all things unnecessary, so NO. Feel free to use the sour cream, but I made mine without it. 

Ingredients:

  • strawberries (1 box for the sauce + extra)
  • water (1 tbsp)
  • egg roll wraps (I used the Nasoya wraps)
  • softened cream cheese (8oz)
  • sugar (I’m not sugar crazy, so I used 1 cup for the filling and maybe 2 tablespoons for the strawberry sauce)
  • confectioner’s sugar (I did not use this either)
  • vanilla extract (1/4 tsp)
  • oil

Steps

Strawberry Sauce:

  1. Wash the strawberries and remove the stems. Cut them in half or roughly chop them.
  2. Combine the water, strawberries, and sugar in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cook until the sauce thickens.

Cheesecake filling

  1. While the strawberry sauce is cooking, add the softened cheesecake, vanilla extract, and sugar and mix them together in a large bowl.
  2. Place the wrap so that it looks like a diamond.
  3. Place 1 tablespoon (or as much as you like, just be careful not to overfill the wraps) in the center of the wrap, then roll it.
  4. Heat the oil in a frying pan until hot and fry the egg rolls until golden and crispy.
  5. Drain the egg rolls on a paper towel and serve with some strawberry sauce and a side of freshly cut strawberries and whip cream. You can also sprinkle some confectioner’s sugar on the egg rolls.
  6. ENJOY!

 

 

Brand Finds – Lucy Lue Organics

I thought it would be a great idea to have a “Brand Finds” series on my blog. What better way to share/get the word out and support small businesses?

If you are looking for the perfect baby shower gift, are expecting, or you are just looking for soft, durable, adorable or organic baby wear that won’t break the bank, then you MUST check out Lucy Lue Organics. I found them on Instagram–I believe we followed each other via a loop that was being hosted (GREAT way to find amazing/inspiring people and shops! I love participating!). I received a DM from them, wanting for me to try some of their products and I agreed. I checked out their website, and I must say I was surprised that they were so affordable! They have the most adorable baby clothing and basics. I was beyond excited when I received one of their onesies and matching pants (in ivory). The fabric is made out of certified organic cotton (you can find out more on their website) and the softness is indescribable! I got the 12-18 months size for Maddie–that’s what she usually wears anyway–and I couldn’t be any happier with the fit. So, I would say that they are pretty true to size. The onesie and pants were snug on her and were easy to slip on and off.

I am seriously in love and hooked! My sister-in-law is currently pregnant with her second child, and I think I’m going to spoil their little one with some Lucy Lue Organics when he is born!

We proudly support small and/or mom owned businesses. For Brand Ambassador and/or Rep inquiries, please contact me here.

 

New Valentine’s Day Shop Items + Free Printable

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I’m excited to do a photoshoot. for my girls, maybe go out to our local Improv to see Iliza perform, and have date night at home–fingers crossed that we won’t be too tired for that.

I’ve added a few Valentine’s Day themed items to my shop. From today until Valentine’s Day, new items will be added daily, so be sure to visit my Valentine section.

Sweetheart invitation | Coordinating Sweetheart thank you card | Pastel hearts photo invitation | Hoppy Valentine treat tag | Black hearts treat tag (FREE WITH SUBSCRIPTION)

Subscribe to my blog to get my black hearts treat tag FREE. Your printable download will be sent to you after you have confirmed subscription! Don’t forget to check back for shop updates!

 

I wear the zombie look well

We haven’t quite gotten this sleep thing sorted yet. Elizabella was a good sleeper until around 8 months old, and then we moved to Arizona, which completely altered her sleep habit. Perhaps it was being in a novel place. She’d only sleep in my arms or next to me in bed. I was pregnant with Maddie at the time. Having an aching back and going through some complications during the pregnancy did not make anything easier on me, so naturally, I opted for the easiest way of putting her to sleep: next to me in bed. I love co-sleeping with my children, but that definitely carried some negative results, especially when it came to sleeping. I no longer had a bed to share with my husband–still don’t. It had become Elizabella’s bed. If you co-sleep, I am sure you know how it is…the bed might be big enough for everyone to fit in just fine/to be comfortable enough, but your child will decide they only want to sleep on a certain side of the bed, pushing you off as they roll or move around in their sleep, leaving most of the bed space behind them and leaving you sleeping at the edge. Since we can’t sleep comfortably, of course my husband and I would toss and turn. And whenever we moved, she immediately felt it, which caused her to wake up–chain reaction. We are still stuck at that stage with her…well, both girls now. My husband and I barely get any sleep lately, so understandably, we both are rocking the zombie look.

I cannot wait to transition them into their own bedroom and beds. I am sure it will take a while and it is easy to take the easy way out, especially when you are exhausted. It is our goal this year to have our room and privacy back and to train the girls to be better sleepers. I will share our progress as we go. I can guarantee you it’s happening!

Maddie is 9 months

Time sure flies people. Maddie is 9 MONTHS…her first birthday in is 3 months! Why do they grow so fast?? Just around Christmas time, she crawled for the first time and now, she is attempting to stand unassisted and walk. She now says Daddy, says hi and waves goodbye, and gives kisses, too. It’s so exciting to see them grow and reach milestones, but at the same time, you think, “Slow down, kid!” 

Maddie’s personality is starting to really shine through. She is shy around people whom she doesn’t know. She doesn’t like being picked up other than by me–applies to Daddy too, unless I’m not around. She is a mommy’s girl right now. She looooves nursing and loves food in general. She will stare at you if you are eating and will cry if you don’t let her try whatever you’re having. She really doesn’t have a favorite food. She eats whatever you give her, which is good. I have a picky eater–and am one myself–and that’s not fun, lol. 

Maddie is turning into a toddler, guys. A TODDLER. She and Elizabella are already driving me crazy when they chase each other around the house while screaming [insert high pitched screaming here to the power of 2] at each other and she doesn’t even walk yet. I love to watch them play together and turning the house upside down just because, but imagine…two walking/running toddlers. Gulp. We are still working on creating a shared bedroom space for her and Elizabella, and hopefully it will be ready soon because I cannot wait to transition them to their own room and beds. Maddie still wakes up at night to nurse, which is why I look like a zombie most days. I hope she will be a better sleeper when she is transitioned to her own room and bed. Next stop, planning her first birthday! I should probably get started on that soon O.O