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The Little Things

We’ve got family coming in this weekend, a BBQ planned for Sunday, and a long weekend of laying around the house. I am so ready for it. LEHGO!

But for now, here’s a few little things making me smile recently:

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Cheesy Tortellini Vegetable Bake

Cheesy Tortellini Vegetable Bake

Cheesy Tortellini Vegetable Bake

Most days of the week I have no idea what to make for dinner and just end up making tacos or something. Don’t get me wrong we eat a LOT of tacos around here, but there are times (it’s not often, but it does happen) where the last thing I want is another freaking tortilla. And since we haven’t been eating any meat at home besides some fish, it makes things even harder.

Corey is completely game for the vegetarian thing, as long as I keep it interesting which means no salads. “What am I? A freaking rabbit?” No, not the last time I checked. And now that Cooper has two (but I think soon to be 3) teeth, he’s starting to enjoy finger foods and so I’m trying to think of meals we can all eat instead of having to cook two different things. Let’s just hope he’s not as picky an eater as I was! (I literally only ate meat and cheese on my sandwiches until High School).

Anyways, here’s a quick recipe I found while browsing the time suck that is Pinterest the other night. I changed a few things based on what I already had in the cabinet and voila! A fancy new dinner that has quickly become one of our favorites. And you know its good if we ate the whole pan! Twice! We are not usually left over people, but there was not one bite of this left both times I made it.  Cheesy Tortellini Vegetable Bake Cheesy Tortellini Vegetable Bake Official Corey Tyler Thumbs Up Seal of Approval Cheesy Tortellini Vegetable Bake

Ingredients
Refrigerated tortellini
Alfredo sauce
Mozzarella cheese
Veggies! (we used squash, zucchini, broccoli, and mushrooms but any combination would work)
1 can diced tomatoes – drained
Red pepper flakes (optional but recommended!)

Directions
COMBINE, TOP WITH CHEESE, AND BAKE!

Seriously, you don’t even have to cook the tortellinis first. I deserve a drink for this one.Betsy freakin’ crocka ova hea!

Burts Bees Baby

Rub a Dub Dub

When Cooper came home from the hospital he was 5lbs 1oz and the nurse told us to wait a couple of weeks to bathe him so he could fatten up a little to help him regulate his own body temperature a little better. I told the pediatrician what the nurse said at our next appointment and she looked at me like I was totally looney, “go home and give that baby a bath. Bundle him up and cover him in lotion. Have fun, mom.” And that’s exactly what we did.

He liked it…a little. And I loved it. I’m convinced there is nothing better than a clean baby. And rubbing lotion over his tiny belly and down his long legs was better than a plate of all you can eat french fries. And that’s pretty darn good! At first he only got a bath a few times a week because I was wiping down his most important parts at least 10 times a day anyways. I couldn’t believe there were people out there who actually gave their babies a bath EVERY DAY. Absurd! But then we started solids and I was all “Aha!”. And now we are proud members of the daily bathers club. Burts Bees Baby These days Cooper is so used to the bath he starts kicking his legs like crazy when he sees it filling up in the tub and it’s the part of out nightly routine I look forward to the most. He’s splashing like a mad man, which means I’m usually getting a second hand shower at the same time. But sometimes Dad likes to get in on the action too. And I just love wrapping him in a towel and kissing that wet face as many times as he’ll let me before he’s all “MOM! C’mon!” Burts Bees Baby When we weren’t doing so many baths I just used my plain old J&J because well, I had enough from my baby shower to last us a lifetime and no one likes to be wasteful. But now that we’re covered in drool, baby food, dried puffs, carpet lint, and I’m afraid to know what else, by the end of the day a daily baths is a MUST and I found it to be a little too harsh and drying on his sweet buttermilk skin. I wanted something more natural, less fragranced, and not bubblegum pink. I’ve loved Burt’s Bees for a long time and always have a tube of their pomegranate chap stick in my bag and have sworn by it for years. I’ve been wanting to try out their baby line but couldn’t justify it since I had at least 3 brand new bottles of the other stuff just sitting around. But now that I did, there’s just no going back.

So far we’ve had the chance to try out the 2-in-1 diaper cream and powder (are we the only ones struggling with constant diaper rash? Using this at night seems to be helping though!) and the fragrance free lotion and shampoo/body wash. And even though there’s no added fragrance, the lotion and body wash definitely have a smell but it’s not fake and overpowering. This is what a baby is supposed to smell like. Or as Corey would say every night when I’m giving Cooper his nightly massage, “Ahhh! That smelllllll!” Burts Bees Baby BB6 Burts Bees Baby And then my favorite part of all – fresh pajamas and feeling the weight of his head on my chest as we rock back and forth. He slowly drifts off to sleep as I close my eyes and breathe in the delicious smell of my precious baby boy.  Burts Bees Baby
Sweet dreams, my love.

disclosure | this post was sponsored by Burt’s Bees. all opinions are my own.

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Whelmed

I was so sure that when I had a baby and was able to stay home I would have so much extra time and would be finally be able to do all those craft projects and clean out that bathroom cabinet we’ve been neglecting since we moved in. You don’t need to tell me because I already know – I was wrong! So so very wrong. And naive! I feel like I actually get LESS done now than when I worked 6 days a week. Long naps are scarce around here and usually as soon as I sit down to do something he wakes up. Isn’t that how it always works? How do they knowwww?

The heat is keeping us in the house almost all week and I’m loosing track of what day it is. How is already the middle of August? Did we skip July this year? I must have missed the memo. My house is full of half finished projects and my drafts folder is overflowing with before pictures that are waiting for the afters. I don’t remember the last time I washed the floor but I do vacuum every day. Does that count? Is anyone counting? Things are getting done, little by little, but it’s just not fast enough for me. I don’t know when I’ll learn to just sit back and relax but I hope it’s soon. I’m starting to think anxiety is just a part of my diet. Like one of the food group. Right there next to coffee. That one’s important! I’m always worried that I forgot to pay a bill, or turn an article in, or just something. My dryers broken, my roof needs a new inspection, and there’s a light on my dashboard that won’t go away. It’s always something.

I’m not sure what this rambling is all about except that it’s almost midnight and everyone is sleeping except me. I just wanted to let you know I’m still here! And I hope you are! I’m just trying to find the time to fit it all in. But I do have big things planned and pages of ideas and half written posts floating around in my head. Soon! I pinky promise.

Now, some pictures because you deserve something cute after reading all that nonsense.

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