Monday, June 25

my love for the dockatot grows


You may recall that a few months ago I shared my love for the Deluxe DockATot. Now, I need to tell you about the Grand Dock.

My Littlest Farmer outgrew his Deluxe Dock around seven months old. I had intended to go without one after that, but life happened. He ended up with a cold on top of transitioning from being swaddled, so we decided it was just too much change at one time and the Grand Dock would be a constant we could control. 

The wonderful folks at DockATot graciously sent me a complimentary Grand Dock to try out and review, and for that, I am so thankful. Here are just a few reasons why I recommend the Grand Dock. 

My Littlest Farmer loves to snuggle up to the sides. He’s to the age now where I place him in the Dock on his back but he moves around to his comfort. I’ve found him on his side snuggled up next to the edge and even on his tummy. This doesn’t concern me because of the material the Dock is made from. It’s all certified breathable and non-heat harboring. 

Let’s go on vacation! Our summer vacay is right around the corner and I’m so excited about the ease of packing up the Dock and knowing my Littlest Farmer will have somewhere safe to sleep. This negates renting a crib or worrying about where he’ll nap and play in our rental. 

The Dock is so easy to wash. The first night in his Dock, he peed through his diaper and soaked the Dock. Ugh. But low and behold, it was super easy to take a part. I threw it in the wash according to the care instructions and put it back together by myself. It was completely like new in just a couple of hours. 

Like the Deluxe Dock, the Grand comes in many different designs and colors. We have the Pristine White and I’d like to get a backup soon. I’m eyeing the Mr. Mighetto in Night Night. Isn’t it beautiful?! 

The Deluxe Dock is for babies 0 to 8 months while the Grand Dock is for 9 to 36 month olds. If you had to choose between one or the other, I would recommend the Deluxe. I do love the Grand but it is quite a bit bigger. If we did not have a king size bed, my Farmer would have to relocate on the nights our Littlest Farmer joins us. I love having it and it’s been a life saver more times than I can count, but the Deluxe was perfect in every way. I’m sure it has a lot to do with the fact that my Littlest Farmer is mobile now whereas he wasn’t before... Eek!

Head over to the DockATot site and read all about the ins and outs of this awesome co-sleeper. Plus, take a look at the beautiful designs and decide which one works best for you and your family. You won’t regret it!

I would love to hear your thoughts. Do you have a Dock? Do you love it? If not, do you want one?


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Monday, June 11

ja-vie's, the best flats for mom

Friends, I need to introduce you to the flat you've been waiting for. Ja-vie's are everything your feet have ever needed and everything your sense of style has ever wanted. Let me tell you how I know.

The folks at Ja-vie were kind enough to send me a pair of their Comfy Jelly Knit Flats in True Red. When I opened the box, the first word out of my mouth was GORGEOUS. Once I put them on my feet, the next word was BEAUTIFUL, followed shortly by how PERFECT they fit. My Farmer was wondering what in the world I was going on and on about to myself while I was trying them on.

Here's the facts. Ja-vie's have a jelly outsole which makes them lightweight, gives them dynamic flexibility, and skip resistant. I have three kids, I need all the help I can get staying upright. If it's not a child in my arms, it's all their stuff on top of all my stuff. They have a knit lining which is made of 100% soft, breathable cotton. When folks stop me and ask me about my Ja-vie's, I basically explain that it's a sock inside a jelly. You can't get more comfortable than that. Also, Ja-vie's have a leather insole that is soft and cushiony, and the arch support is superb. This is huge for me as I am basically archless, and most ballet flats I normally wear have zero support.

Important tidbits. Ja-vie's come in a ton of different style combinations - solids, stripes, prints, and more. I currently have three pair: True Red Flats, Black Cap/White Flats, and Navy/Pink Stripe Flats. I promise you, I receive at least two to three compliments on these flats every single time that I wear them. The sizing is European. I normally wear 9.5 US, so a 40 fits me perfectly. They feel a tad snug the first time or two that I wear them, but then they mold to my feet and do not feel snug at all. I love that when it rains, my flats aren't ruined. This also helps with smell. Other flats I've owned, cloth or leather, look pretty rough after a rainy day and smell worse too. Ja-vie's are machine washable - just remove the leather insole.

What people are saying.
Ja-vie's are the #1 shoe for stylish mothers and expecting mothers. The jelly exterior is 100% flexible so it molds to your foot and provides unparalleled  comfort while never sacrificing style. With half an inch cushion on the ball of the foot and arch, this flat provides the most cushioning and comfort of all ballet flats. Ja-vie's are water resistant and machine washable for life's little (and big) spills. Not to mention, they are blister proof, slip proof, with breathable cotton lining and a custom sole grip design. Live your best life with Ja-vie jelly ballet flats!

Now, let's get you a pair! Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a pair of Ja-vie's of your choosing.


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Friday, June 8

farm photo friday

Hi Friends and Happy Friday!

I’m a little late in getting this post up, but I consider getting it up at all a success in my book these days. 

Here is the short and sweet version of a few things I’m currently loving...

[1] The smell of fresh cut hay

[2] A growing garden

[3] Rainbows after the storm

[4] Millie the cat-dog 

[5] Being a mom of farm boys

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Monday, June 4

tbb asks: june - summer lovin' edition

Well Friends, I know I've still been a little scarce, but I am hoping to improve this month! I miss all of you and desperately need to see what's happening in your worlds. As for ours, it only continues to become more hectic. Summertime is here and that means so is hay season, garden season, swim season, and hopefully at some point, a week at the beach - and THAT is something I'm counting down the days until.

Now, in true summer fashion, I'm linking up with the lovely ladies from the TBB and sharing some of my summertime favorites. Let this be the kickoff to a great summer, loads of fun, and the making of even more precious memories.

1. Walk or Bike Ride?  I'm a sucker for a leisurely stroll.

2. Favorite Picnic Food? You can't beat a good grilled hot dog. 

3. Pool or Lake? Pool. I can't help but think of what else might be lurking in lake water - like snakes. 

4. Favorite Flavor of ice cream? Rocky Road.

5. Ice Cream Cone or in a Dish? Waffle cones are my favorite. 

6. Flip Flops or Slides? Flip flops. Anyone else struggle to keep slides on?

7. Jean Shorts or Jean Capris? I feel so much more comfortable in capris. 

8. Favorite summer Fruit? Stawberries. My Farmer says I'm un-American since I do not like watermelon!

9. Corn on the Cob or Cut Off the Cob? I love corn on the cob fresh out of the garden.

10. Favorite summertime song? Island in the Sun by Weezer. 

11. Favorite summertime activity? Sitting around outside in the evenings with family and friends. 

12. Favorite Berry? Strawberry, Blueberry, Raspberry or Blackberry? Strawberry, not really a fan of any of the others. 

13. Bikini’s, tankini’s or one pieces? Tankini or one piece. I'm pretty self conscious as it is, so the more I can cover the more comfortable I am. 

14. Dresses or Skirts? Dresses. Ten years ago I would have said skirts, but they stopped making the style that was flattering on me. I can't find A-Line skirts for the life of me. Anyone remember B Moss?

15. One Word to describe Summer? Happening. There's always some fun to be had or farm work to be done, and I wouldn't have it any other way. 

By the way, I so hope to get a life update out soon. Have a wonderful week!


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Friday, June 1

friday favorites: books edition

Hi Friends!

In my long overdue update a few weeks ago, I mentioned that I'd been on a reading frenzy. I tend to either blog like a crazy fool or read like one, and reading has won out.

Below are the books I’ve been reading since my last book post. I’m sharing my rating and a few brief thoughts. Click through to Amazon to see the full book description.

November 9 by Colleen Hoover
I haven’t read quite all of her books but I am getting close. November 9 is a great story and one that keeps you on edge the entire way tugging your heart this way and that. It’s not my favorite of hers but it was still an “I can’t put it down” read nonetheless. 

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
I love Sophie Kinsella and I enjoyed My Not So Perfect Life. However, it was a little slow to start and felt a little more predictable than her other novels. Regardless, I love an easy read with all the feels. 

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
A few of you recommended this novel a few months ago and it was just as good as you said it would be. It was a quick read with a lot of heart tugging. The book leaves you feeling satisfied, thankful and humbled. 

The Soldier's Wife by Margaret Leroy
I had high hopes for this book when I read the description, but it wasn’t as awesome as I thought it would be. It was a little slow and kinda dry. The overall story, however, was enjoyable. 

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
This book is hands down the best one I’ve read since Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale. There are few books that stay with me for months after reading them. It Ends With Us is one of them and definitely makes my Top 5 best ever read list. 

Secrets in Summer by Nancy Thayer
It's been a little while since I read Secrets in Summer and I couldn't recall it's main idea without reading the book description. It was an enjoyable read but not a memorable one.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
I really enjoyed The Hating Game. It was an engaging romantic comedy. I think it'd make a great Hallmark movie minus the language. 

True Believer by Nicholas Sparks
I am usually a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks, but this one was not one of my favorites. It was good, but not great and I expect great from him. 

The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin
This book was excellent. I was mesmerized the entire way through waiting for what would happen next. The love story was wonderfully woven within the drama. After the book, I decided to make time for the movie. BIG mistake. The movie is nothing like the book. I was utterly disappointed.

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
I thoroughly enjoy historical fiction novels with female protagonists and The Alice Network did not disappoint. It didn't quite make the best books ever read list (five star books), because there were just parts of it that I thought were out of place. I'd think let's get back to what really matters here. 

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
A lot of you were reading this and raving about it, so I added it to my list. It took me a couple of tries to get into it, but once I did, I was hooked. This opened my eyes to something entirely new about our history. I even researched the basis of the story afterwards. Excellent read.

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
Although Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite authors, Hopeless was not one of my favorite novels. It was a good read, but not one I'd recommend to older adults. It is a young adult novel and even though sometimes I enjoy those, this was not one of those times.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks
Although a little out of my usual genre selection, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was unpredictable and kept me on the edge of my seat trying to anticipate the next turn. It was definitely an I can't put this down novel with an unexpected ending with which the reader is satisfied.

The Bookshop at Water’s End by Patti Callahan Henry
I had The Bookshop at Water's End on my want to read list before it was even available and was not disappointed. Patti Callahan Henry's novels are always thought provoking and heart tugging. This would be a perfect beach read.

Hardcore 24 by Janet Evanovich
I think I continue reading this series because I've read all of them. I keep hoping that something ground breaking will come of the love triangle. I'm not sure I am even interested in the comedy/mystery that goes along with the bounty hunter tales, especially this one. Hardcore 24 was zombie centered and I am just not into zombies, of any kind. However, there was a little drama for the love triangle in this one so I gave it three stars instead of two.

I am currently reading Gabriel's Inferno and although it's a series, I have my doubts I'll continue to read through after the first novel. Any favorites you highly recommend I get on my reading list?

Happy Friday and Happy Weekend! I hope to get a life update out soon...

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Friday, April 27

finally a friday favorites

Helllloo Friday!!

It has been eons since my last Friday Favorites post. So, I am ecstatic to be joining in today. Let's get to it!

I am fixing bottles every day for two calves, but don’t often stop by the barn to actually see them. On Thursday, it warmed up enough to take a stroll with my Littlest Farmer. So, we headed to the barn to say hi to Star and Still Needs a Name. Look at these two cuties. They are so friendly and sweet.

I have been a Coke person for as long as I can remember, but lately, it’s been all Pepsi. Ever since they went retro. It’s like I’ve been transported back to my childhood. I seriously think that the Pepsi tastes better with the old school look!

I finally took a couple of vacay days since going back to work after my maternity leave. I spent one entire day cleaning my house from top to bottom. The other two were home days with my kids and a whole lot of R&R. We scarfed down these Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon Rolls on Monday, and let me tell you, they were scrumptious! 

I have my first black eye courtesy of my Middle Farmer. He was a little restless one night, so we let him in our bed. In the middle of the night, in his sleep, he hit my cheek bone with his head - and hard. It was so painful, I was in shock. I didn’t even cry. I just kept saying, he broke my face, he broke my face. The best part... he never even woke up. He had no idea. 

I saw this meme on Facebook this week and laughed hysterically. Is this not the truth?! I know it is for me. I have always been infatuated with the royal family. I think Kate is beautiful, and I LOVE her style. But looking this awesome hours after giving birth takes class to a whole new level. 

Well Friends, that about wraps up my week. The weekend holds lots of baseball, laundry and church for our family, and I can’t wait. Oh, and ICYMI, I managed to share a life update earlier in the week. 

Happy Weekends to you all!

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Saturday, April 21

a saturday share session

Oh friends, I fell off the face of the blogosphere again. It's clearly no secret that I'm struggling to balance it all and make time for everything that I need/want to. But believe it or not, I have found myself with some quiet time this morning and wanted to drop in and say hi - that is if you're even still following this little vacant space!

So, let's see. What sorts of random updates can I share? And I apologize in advance for the lack of pictures. I'll work on that too!

My Oldest Farmer is bottle feeding two calves every day. He rarely complains about the responsibility and handles them like a pro. He even does the feeding (feed and hay) for our bigger calves if my Farmer is late getting home in the evenings. It's baseball season - go team! I'm amazed at how much a difference one year makes. The whole team is playing so much better!

My Middle Farmer is finally big enough to start accompanying my Farmer on farm jobs. He absolutely loves it. He seriously won't let my Farmer out of his sight and refuses to be left behind. He's also starting to dress himself. If he could just get the shirt figured out, he'd be good to go. He is still the funniest thing ever - the things he says and the way he says them. His facial expressions are to die for.

My Littlest Farmer is growing up way too fast. I cannot believe he has passed the seven month mark. He's rolling over like crazy and is not far from crawling. He's the happiest. They say #3 just goes with the flow, and he definitely does. He loves to be swaddled when he sleeps and still loves his DockATot. I really need to work on getting him out of both. Eek! He already has one tooth on the bottom and is currently cutting two on top. Bring on some steak!

I've noticed I go through phases where I alternate between blogging or reading. So far this year, I've spent my spare time reading. Maybe because it's easier. But I've read several books already and will get a post up soon letting you know what fictional worlds I've been living in. Until then, I have to say my favorite so far for the year is Colleen Hoover's It Ends With Us. It's made my all time favorites list for sure.

My friend Megan and I had our first quarterly mom's day out post baby! We spent Good Friday shopping and chatting over cheesecake. It was the best day and am so thankful for the opportunity to have some much needed girl time.

I have learned that the laundry never ends for a family of five. Any tips out there on how to keep it under control? I've started trying to do at least one load in the evenings to help make Saturday not as jam packed.

Does anyone else struggle with keeping your bathrooms clean? Specifically the toilet. One Middle Little Farmer thinks it's fun to pee everywhere except IN the toilet!! And then one Oldest Little Farmer constantly forgets to lift the seat. Ahh!!

I think the weather is finally breaking here in Kentucky. We have gone from 30 to 80 and back again at least a dozen times. I'm so excited to see everything turning green and feel the warmth of the sunshine. Maybe as a baseball mom, I'll actually get some sun!  

Well Friends, those are the highlights. I promise to try and post more often and share some of our life happenings. It is truly never a dull moment around here. Like the day my Farmer brought my Middle Farmer in to get a bath because he fell face first in a bunch of manure or the day that my Oldest Farmer was running full force from the barn because he was terrified of the coyote he heard.

I seriously love this chaotic life. God has been so very good to me.

Okay, until next time!


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Thursday, February 22

growing in gratitude - february edition

Oh Friends, I disappeared again and that was NOT the plan. I very much wanted to get back to at least posting on Friday’s. That is still the goal, and I AM going to get there, I am!

Until then, it’s time for another edition of Growing in Gratitude! I’m running a bit behind with this month’s post but nevertheless, here I am. I love that I’ve committed to posting about five things for which I’m grateful for each month. Sometimes it’s so easy to get caught up in the everyday and forget those things for which we should be thankful. This post helps me to stop and smell the roses... and count my blessings.

Julie and I sure hope you’ll join us on the last Thursday of each month. And now, without further ado, here are my five for February. By the way, I’m merging this with Friday Favorites too. I’m a slacker, I know. 

1 || After my return to work from maternity leave, I was offered a new office... with a window. If you’ve ever worked in an office without one, you understand how this can be a day maker. 

2 || Here in KY this week, we experienced some amazing and unusual temperatures for February. I actually had to dig out my sunglasses. It was so gorgeous. We even broke 80 on Tuesday. I’m definitely ready for Spring. 

3 || My Farmer and I had our first date night with zero kids in tow last weekend. It was blissful. We headed to Olive Garden with a group of couples from our church and had a delightful evening out. The Seafood Alfredo was scrumptious. 

4 || I have the best neighbor. She offered to keep my Oldest and Middle Farmers on the day it was going to be gobs of sunshine and 80. I was so thankful they could enjoy a day with her and her son as opposed to spending it in daycare. It really does take a village and I am so grateful for mine. 

5 || Even though it can be time consuming and trying at times, I love living on a farm. My Little Farmers and I pulled in after a long day this week and noticed quite a few of our calves had gotten out. My Farmer wasn’t due home until later so I knew I was going to have to deal with it. Did I mention that it was getting ready to pour the rain? In my dress clothes and pretty flats (that are no longer pretty), my Oldest Little Farmer and I managed to corral them in to the barn with a lot of gumption and a sack of feed. It was just what I needed to take my mind off the mundane of the day. 

Well, I’ve been terrible about taking photos. Forgive me for the post full of words only and zero visuals. I WILL work on it! 

I do hope you’ll link up with us this round or next, and be sure to tell your friends! 

Happy Weekends!

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Friday, January 26

oh hey, remember me?

Happy Friday, Friends!! I hope this post finds you well. I’m so looking forward to catching up with you. My sabbatical has been wonderful, but I know I’ve missed out on a ton. 

As for us, it’s been an adjustment for sure in finding our routine, but we are getting there. I’m learning to plan ahead so mornings aren’t chaos, shower at night, use dry shampoo and embrace unstyled hair and ponytails. I must also confess that I have succumbed to encouraging my two oldest Little Farmers into smoother mornings by rewarding them with Rice Krispie treats on our way out the door. Don’t be quick to judge - you’d do it too. 

Since this is my first Friday post in a few weeks, my favorites might be a little all over the place. 

1 || I finally kept all five pieces of my last Fix. The Kut from the Kloth dress pants are maybe the best fitting pants I’ve ever worn. I love the color of the cardigan, and the striped sweater with elbow patches received tons of compliments. 

2 || My middle Little Farmer is three and we are working with him on dressing himself. He’s doing so well, although socks are still a bit of a struggle. This morning while dropping my Littlest Farmer off, the teacher pulled me aside and informed me my middle Little Farmer’s pants were on backwards. I looked and sure enough the Nike swoosh was on his behind. Made my day, and I didn’t bother to change it. 

3 || This fleece pullover is my favorite piece of clothing of the season. I am wearing it every jeans day at work and on every Saturday outing. It is plum beautiful, super comfy, and definitely keeps me warm.

4 || My Littlest Farmer is reaching the age when he smiles constantly and giggles a little. I absolutely love my baby smiles and giggles at the end of the day. He is so happy to see me when I pick him up and it just melts my heart. Plus, the older Little Farmers are starting to vie for his attention - they want to see who can get the biggest smile. 

5 || Julie and I launched our first link up this week. We are hosting it monthly and are calling it Growing in Gratitude. We’re sharing five things we’re grateful for on the last Thursday of each month. Check out the January edition here. We’d love for you to join us. 

 6 || I discovered that I can borrow ebooks through our local library. As much as I love holding an actual book in my hand, it wasn’t quite as convenient as reading on my Kindle app. So, I’m on the wait list for several titles and The Hating Game just became available.  Have you read it?
7 || I haven’t been carrying my Bible to church since the arrival of my Littlest Farmer. My hands are full with the diaper bag and the car seat. It drives me crazy not having it. So, I perused the KJV Bibles on Amazon and found this Old Scofield Pocket Bible. I love it. It seriously fits inside my crossbody, and I promise I can still read the print. No more cheating and looking off my Farmer’s Bible! 

I’m looking forward to a relatively low key weekend. My oldest Little Farmer has his last basketball games on Saturday and aside from church on Sunday, the rest of the time should be a stay in my pajamas kinda time. 

Happy Friday! 

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Thursday, January 25

growing in gratitude - january edition

Well Friends, I had hoped to return to the blogosphere before now but never could make it happen. I am happy to report that my return to work has actually fared pretty well. However, the days are long and things like blogging and reading and television have taken a back seat to sleep.

Until today... when I am super excited to be hosting my very first monthly link up with Julie. On the last Thursday of every month, we’re going to be sharing five things we are thankful for. We’re calling it Growing in Gratitude and would love it if you’d join us. So grab the image below, share your hearts (get as deep or superficial as you like), link up, and tell your friends. 

By the way, I do hope to get some life updates posted soon, but until then, here are my five for January’s Growing in Gratitude. What are yours?

1 || It’s only been a few months since our kitchen remodel and the installation of my first dish washer. I appreciated it before, but even more now that I’m back to work and have less time in the evenings and bottles and pumpers and pacis oh my to wash and sterilize everyday.

2 || My Littlest Farmer sleeps through the night. I sometimes catch myself taking this for granted when I read or hear how other Mamas aren’t experiencing the same kind of nights.

3 || I love winter; however, I'm not a huge fan of negative temps and driving in seven inches of snow. Over the last couple of weeks, we've had both on separate occasions and for the first time, I've felt very aware of the dangers of breaking down or crashing while traveling in such conditions. I am so thankful for God's hedge of protection while we commuted during those times and then just the normal, everyday travel. 

4 || So much sickness is going around, and we were three for five for the flu right around Christmas time. By the grace of God and He alone did my Littlest Farmer not end up with it. I’m continuing to pray that we all stay healthy. 

5 || Kroger ClickList has saved my sanity now that I’ve returned to work. I can just order my groceries online and pick them up afterwards. No fighting crowds or wrestling children while trying to do our weekly shopping.


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