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Oh sweet summertime! A time filled with family, road trips, and yummy snacks and we are lucky enough to experience all of this at once. Every summer we plan trips to visit both of our families. We are both from different neighboring states, which makes the summertime filled with long hours in the car.
Our first year of marriage, this was a dreaded road trip I'll be honest! But, this has quickly become my favorite time spent with my husband.
Spending an entire day or two in the car together has been a great summer memory and ritual for us. We talk, laugh, sing, and of course you can't forget the many pit stops you make along the way! With me being pregnant this summer, we take a lot more stops than usual. Sure it adds a few hours to the trip, but it's good to get out and stretch your legs to keep your energy up.
With a baby on the way, I've been looking forward to stocking up on yummy snacks for the trip. We stopped and grabbed Snyder’s of Hanover® Pretzels and Cape Cod® Potato Chips, because I wanted to be mindful of what I'm snacking on and choose healthier, better for you treats. We are both huge snackers, and love to try out different flavors together! What is your favorite Cape Cod Potato Chip flavor? (we are loving the salt and vinegar!)
Also, you can enter the sweepstakes and win; just for sharing your favorite snacks! Rules and entry is below!
During our road trips, I realized this is the last trip we will be taking before we are a family of three. It's kind of bittersweet because I love this precious time with my hubby, but also very exciting because we will now have our little one in the back with Pepper and making even more family memories!
I am looking forward to our future summer road trips and all the new memories we will create with our growing family! I see a lot of pit stops, fun car memories, and yummy snacks in our future and I couldn't be more excited.
I would love to hear below if you are taking any trips this summer and also what your favorite snack is!
I am a serial over planner and I am okay with it. I am now 31 weeks and I took this weekend to pack my hospital bag! I have been itching to do it and feel relieved that it is one less thing I'll have to worry about. As a first time mom, I have received mountains of advice on what I should pack, what they wish they would've left, and so on. This is a time that is so specific to you, so pack what you feel you will need at the hospital! I didn't want to pack a whole bunch because that's more stuff we have to carry back home with Baby S in tow. Here are my essentials!
- mini toiletries
-hairbrush and hair ties
- nursing night gown
- delivery/nursing robe c/o Pink Blush Maternity
- tank top
- nursing bra
- lounge pants c/o Pink Blush Maternity
- slippers and socks
- going home outfit
for the stay:
- baby book (to capture hand and foot prints!)
- phone charger
- camera and charger
- washable nipple pads
Here is a free downloadable checklist that you can use to pack your hospital bag! You can download it here:
Downloadable Hospital Bag Checklist for Mom
When did you/ are you packing your hospital bag? I would love to hear what your essentials are!
As first time parents, we had a lot of fun shopping for not only the best deals, but the best products for our baby girl. We waited to buy the bulk of our wants until after our baby shower, which gave us plenty of time to do research and decide which brands, and items, we wanted to have! Our big purchase was the baby monitor, and we decided on the VTech Wifi HD Baby Monitor.
If you are a first time parent too, or in the market for a new monitor, here is an honest review on what we think of it so far!
So the daytime picture quality honestly isn't the very best, but you can see everything clearly and the monitor is pretty quick to match movement and sound. You can add multiple webcams which is awesome and this portable screen is extremely user friendly. Below, you can see what opens up with the menu tab and how you can change the settings on the monitor itself.
A huge factor as to why we chose this monitor is it's wifi capability. Since I work from home, I get to be with her all day and see her anytime, but my husband wanted a way to see her whenever he wanted. Wifi to the rescue! He just downloaded the app, and whenever the camera is on, he can see our little one! It's so easy to move the camera room to room, just by unplugging it, so I plan on keeping it in whatever room we are in so he can see her at any moment. If you are a working mom or dad, this is a game changer, because now you don't have to miss out on those precious moments!
Compared to a few other cameras I have seen, the night vision and overall camera quality are pretty outstanding. I also love that the camera lens itself can be adjusted up or down to get the perfect angle on her crib or wherever she is. Also, a must for me was to have a big monitor to watch her from and this one definitely does the trick!
The internet is an amazing place. Not only do you get to read up on this crazy military life, but once in a blue moon you get connected with another spouse who is on the other side of the world (Japan to be exact). Holly and I are both relatively new military spouses and we collaborated together to make our own version of the Military ABC's: Military wife edition.
A: American pride will be engrained in your every being.
B: Blues, a girl's favorite uniform.
C: Care packages will become its own job and you will spend more than you should on them.
D: Deployment, the least favorite word in the military vocabulary.
E: Excitement when he finally comes off that plane from a long deployment.
F: Facetime is the life force of long distance relationships.
G: Growth, because you will quickly grow a lot as a person and within your marriage!
H: Hurry up and what. Bring snacks and a water bottle
I: Ice cream will get you through those long, lonely nights
J: "Jogging" with your spouse does not mean a quick lap around the block at an easy pace. Get ready for a hike.
K: Keepsakes, you could probably fit all of them in one box because you know how much you'll be moving through their military career.
L: Language, because the military speaks a language other than English.
M: Moving, moving, moving. What you have to look forward to over the course of their military career.
N: Names, because your spouse's given name will be replaced with all sorts of nicknames.
O: Operation Security, something that is always in the back of our mind.
P: Patience, because the military likes to test it.
Q: Quality time, every minute together counts even if it's through Skype.
R: Religion, something to keep you sane.
S: Skype, speaking of which; this will be your life line while he's gone.
T: Travel, one thing that's guaranteed by the military.
U: Uniforms will take over your house whether they are home or not.
V: Vacation, what we are all hoping gets approved.
W: "What". You'll be asking yourself 'what' when hearing about anything pertaining to the military. Prepare for lots of confusion.
X: Xbox, the device you share your spouse with.
Y: You time is so needed in this lifestyle, don't lose sight or your hobbies and goals!
Z: Zebra, between the face paint and field time, your spouse will come home with some interesting tan lines.
Long time, no blog! We have been gone a lot and it left little chance for me to update the blog. BUT, I am back with the reason why I was absent, so hopefully all is forgiven. This weekend we made our way down to Texas to have our (second) baby shower! My mom planned the entire thing, went all out, and we had a great time. Her baby shower theme was nautical, which proved to be a challenge to make it girly and not all blues. My mom pretty much nailed it. If you are planning a nautical themed shower, or just love looking at baby shower ideas, keep reading.
Location and Food
The shower was held at a hotel, which happens to be the same one we had my 16th birthday in, so it was cool to make more memories there! We started setting up in the afternoon, and my mom had everything nautical themed in some way. We had different finger foods like sandwiches, fruit, and cheese, and my mom got creative with displaying them! She combined gold fish and potato chips to be "fish and chips", cut a bell pepper to be an octopus, and added eyes to the chicken sandwiches to look like crabs, and added bobbers to the drink to float on the top and make it look like the ocean.
We also have a signature "guest book" style where people sign an object, instead of a guest book. My mom found this cute navy anchor and had markers ready for guests to sign their names, so this anchor can later be displayed up in her room! It's such a cute idea and I love that it's displayed instead of lost and packed away in a book somewhere.
The cake was my absolute favorite and I LOVE how it turned out!!! We also added nautical themed pink and blue cupcake toppers and displayed them around the cake.
Overall we had an amazing time at the party and we got to see everyone! I decided to do a co-ed baby shower, which isn't very traditional, but I wanted my husband and my dad to be included, and also have it family focused since we don't get to see them often. My grandpa told us that this is the first baby shower he's ever been to, so there's a first time for everything haha! We played games that everyone could participate in.
We played a pass the pacifier, where you use straws in your mouth to pass the pacifier within your group. It was such a challenge!
You then put a balloon in your shirt and a ping pong ball between your legs. You have to waddle over to a jar to drop the ping pong in it and not drop it. I didn't participate in this one, but it was hilarious to watch my friends and family waddle.
A dad game was next, where dad's had to write down what excuses they had for not changing the diaper. My husband then read them out loud and it was so comical to hear what the dad's came up with, and probably have used!
Before the party, my mom had me measure my belly with a string to see how big I am. The guests later had to cut a string to guess how big they thought I was and there were several that were so close to being accurate and it was such a simple, but fun party game.
Thank you for stopping by The Strattons Blog! Here are snippets of my life, motherhood, and the military!