So you may have recently noticed my absence from the blog. A month ago my dad passed away. It wasn't sudden, we knew after 18 years with ALS that we had been blessed with having him here so long.
Everyone told me that he felt complete when Hattie came and he was at peace. Oddly enough, I told my mom earlier in the year that I felt this was the year, and my dad said the same thing to others. We must have been on the same page on so many levels.
While I miss him a ton, I know he is not hurting. I miss our " Drive at 5 Calls" and FaceTime with Hattie. I miss calling him when we realize my brother is telling another whopper again or I had a fun work story to tell him.
We went to Florida 2 weeks ago to help sort out all of his belongings. We brought a lot back. Lots of memories, lots of tears, but all good.
We had ticket to go down at the end of the month to visit, but we decided that our little family of 3 needs a vacation so we're still going. It will be the first time ever that I've gone to Florida to go on vacation and not see family. While we enjoy that, its a much needed break for us to make our own family memories.
So, I'll gradually get back into the swing of things. While it's been a sad month, it's also been a month of great opportunities for me. More to share on that.
Thank you to everyone to called, came to visit, and sent cards. They mean so much to me.
The cool thing about the Kidecal labels is that they are dishwasher safe and washing machine safe and pretty much great for everything. Even clothes. How cool is that?
They are personalized labels that are perfect for everything! They asked if I wanted to try out some of their goodies and see how they worked. I was excited because I have a labeling & sticker problem. They asked me to pick out anything I wanted and give it a whirl.
My package arrived and bonus - there was a sheet of Mustache Labels too!
I used the monogrammed circle labels to put on all of Hattie's toys that we take with us on play dates. That will be a quick identifier when we are our and about and need to quickly identify toys and won't fall off when there is excessive amounts of drool. Believe me - with a teething almost 6 month year old - there is drool. Win!
I'm a BIG fan of Organizing and Kitchen Labels. I used the Chalkboard Labels to continue my crazy Pinterest/DIY obsession. I used them on Mason Jars to label silverware for our 4th of July BBQ. Turned out really cute. Ignore my messy handwriting, I really need to get some chalk pens. The chalk comes off with no problem for when you don't have the best penmanship.
And as an added bonus I used the mustache labels on cups at the BBQ. The kids thought they were super fun and drew all over their cups to make them their own. Big hit!
Kidecals has free shipping and you can use the code fashion and 15% off your first purchase. Can't beat that! I'm thinking when Hattie gets older, these will be perfect for lunchboxes, swimming bags and backpacks so we know which ones are hers.
What Kidecal would you want to use in your home?
Disclaimer - Kidecals contacted me to provide an honest review of their product. In no way did this impact my opinion of the product.
If you've been following me on Instagram, then you'll know that my little lady is becoming quite the fishy. She absolutely loves the water and is fearless. Lately, we've been spending time our in our baby pool in the backyard, but this week we are going to venture to Tot Hour at one of the local pools (weather permitting).
I thought I'd put together some of my favorite must haves for pool time fun. My favorite are the BabyGap Swimsuits. They have a SPF 50 built into the suit and super cute. I actually picked up this same suit at Gap Outlet - so I'm not sure why it's on the regular site. But I'll take it!
Sticking with our cloth diaper theme, we are using cloth swim diapers. Really, it just needs to hold poop if they go. I picked up some cute ones at Nicky's Diapers for $5 each. Just make sure you change into cloth when you get there. Doesn't hold pee!
Our pediatrician recommended limited sun exposure up to 6 months, but if we did sunscreen and a big hat and of course sunglasses. Like Mommy! We've done a good job of this - she doesn't even look like she's been in the sun!
My last favorite item is the PBK Beach Nursery Towel. We have one for bath time and she is going to love this one! I ordered it over the weekend. Can't pass them being on sale for $11 and free shipping and I may have used our registry completion discount too. Score!
I'm sure at some point we'll be throwing floating and a baby raft into the mix, but for now we're pretty content with our 2 inches of water in the backyard.
Holy Cow - it's July already? It's hard to believe in 4 short days we will be hosting our annual Boom Shaka Laka 4th of July Party. Well, this year it's the 5th of July. The guys have gone on the quest for fireworks and I'm working on the final few menu items for the big day. One thing I don't have to worry about is what Hattie and I will be wearing - I ordered that months ago!
Kohl's kept sending me free $10 gift cards, so Hattie's top was free. Score! I had picked up a 9 month size because I thought she was growing like a weed when I bought it. Now I'm worried it will be a bit big. We'll see. I also picked up these adorable star shorts from Baby Gap. They look a bit big too, but she'll have some wiggle room to grow into.
I picked up my top at Lilly Pulitzer and from what I've been told it's almost sold out. So glad I planned ahead. I wore it a couple weeks ago and it even got picked up for the Summer of Lilly Website. Yay! My friends were teasing me on Sunday asking when Lilly would be mandatory for all of our parties. My response - soon, very soon.
Now if I could get Jeff to wear his Dark 'n Stormy tie, I'd be a happy lady.