Monday, January 7, 2019

Ten on Tuesday [No.54]

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One of the best parts to me about a new year is looking back on the old one.
If you follow me on social media, then this is probably going to sound a lot like a broken record, but honestly 2018 was the best year yet for Chris and I.
On January 1, 2018 we found out that we were expecting Baby Upchurch.
Then we announced to our friends & family, then his gender reveal, baby showers, maternity photos, and all the little adventures along the way were the best buildup to welcoming our sweet Charlie!
Then to top it all off, we were selected as the 2018 Alabama Outstanding Young Farm Family-which is something both Chris & I have dreamed of for many, many years (before we were even together!)
 And for my blog's instagram. . .

I don't know about y'all, but I love an exciting read!
This book, "A Fever, a Flight, and a Fight for the World" is actually geared toward the middle school crowd (which I used to teach and read to every single day!) but I found it enjoyable even at 25. As a teacher, I taught a reading class and we enjoyed the Giver series, the Call of the Wild, and other exciting, adventurous books and I think my students would have really, really loved this book as well.
It follows a doctor working in epidemic conditions in East Africa and what happens to him during that time period. I don't want to give too much away, but the doctor finds himself on a deserted island near death and his only companion to help him is another survivor of the epidemic.
The really blood-pumping part of the story is their adventure to return to Africa and their discoveries along the way-needless to say, it turns into a fight for not only their lives, but also for justice.
I think if you enjoy a good adventurous story and especially if you have children somewhere between around 9 to 13, this would be an awesome book to share with them (or to read for yourself, I won't tell!)
This is absolutely not sponsored content, I just found this out and had to share!
Did you know that you can get one free soft photo book from Shutterfly each month?
You do pay $7.99 for shipping, but I'm going to do my first one this month & I'll report back to let you know if it's as good of a deal as it sounds!
I've got tons of pictures of Charlie on my phone and I really need to print them off, I think having them in a book is a great way to have them out where they can be seen and their safe if something happens to my laptop/phone.
Plus, wouldn't that be an awesome gift idea?!
I had four bananas that had honestly seen better days, just with all the holiday snacks and treats those poor bananas got overlooked and went uneaten...enter in banana nut bread!
I used this recipe and made two loaves, one for Chris & I and another for his parents and grandfather to split and I think it turned out really well.
I personally enjoy having a thick slice for breakfast with my coffee or tea-so yummy.
I recently realized just how much I love & use Amazon-it's seriously the best since having a baby!
I decided to create an Amazon shop so I can share all of my favorite finds with y'all, I haven't added much yet but you can check out my ever-evolving list for things that I highly recommend!
Chris & I leave for New Orleans on Friday (!!!) to compete in the National Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Competition with the American Farm Bureau and so I had to get some new business casual/business appropriate attire since I really hadn't bought anything like that since I stopped teaching...
Y'all, I picked up these black flats from Dillard's and have been wearing them to get comfortable in them and they are so cute & so comfy-highly recommend! I've been wearing them with these jeans and these black Spanx leggings and they're a favorite.
They also come in a leopard print that I would love to have, too.
Have y'all ever done Walmart Grocery pickup?!
If not...what are you doing with your life?
Seriously though, one of the hardest things right now about this stage with Charlie is grocery shopping because he's still in his carseat so it's hard to fill up a buggy...but since grocery pickup is free, I just do my shopping online & my actual shopping trip to Walmart takes about 5 minutes now-a miracle, truly!
If you want to try it out you can sign up for your first trip using this link and save $10!
This isn't sponsored either (although if Walmart wants to pay me, hit me up! 😂) I used someone's sign up link and wanted to pay it forward for a service I love. . .now if only I could find someone to also bring my groceries in the house and put them away too...
I know Christmas has come & gone, but in the midst of all of the shopping for friends & family, I couldn't help but find a few things I wouldn't mind having for myself.
I fell in love with the Dakota Hide Tote & the Telluride Bag from Mark & Graham and may have to use some of my Christmas money to pick one of them up for myself!
This little turkey is going to be FOUR MONTHS OLD this week, can you believe it?!
Time is flying by, but this stage is honestly so, so fun.
He's really getting a precious little personality and is laughing and sticking his tongue out and rolling over and all the precious baby things that we love.
I just adore my little man & can't wait to see what he's going to do next.
The Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale is live & in it's last day today!
My wishlist of things that I absolutely don't need, but would if I had unlimited funds & closet space are this shift, this versatile piece, and this bathing suit.

If you shopped the sale, let me know what you picked up below!

Until next time. . .

Thursday, January 3, 2019

What Charlie Received for Christmas

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Happy 2019, y'all!
 Can you believe that we're in the last 'teen' year? It's just so crazy to me how quickly time flies-even more so I think when you have a little one join your family.
Today I want to share a few of the things that Charlie got for Christmas this year.
We didn't go all out with gifts, just a few small things and things that he'll be able to use in the coming months that we would've wanted to purchase anyway.
At the bottom I'll also be linking some clothes that he got too, because our sweet families helped out stocking his closet in the next size up.
Hopefully this post will be helpful if you're purchasing gifts for a little one that's around his age (3 months!)
We picked Charlie up a ton of books this year, the ones shown aren't even all the ones he got but they are a few of our favorites!
We're big Auburn people, so of course we gifted him "This Little Tiger" which is such a cute children's book for little fans. I think they also have them for other teams, too!
We love the messages behind the Good News for Little Hearts series because they're sweet to read to Charlie now (the illustrations in all three of these books are so, so pretty & eye-catching) but they will also teach him valuable, bible-based lessons as he gets older.
"Buster's Ears Trip Him Up" is an awesome reminder that it's okay to try your best, but not be the best. Sweet Buster (a cute rabbit) thinks he's really fast, but during a race his ears trip him up and he loses. Thankfully, in the story his sister gives him a little counsel and helps him remember that what's important is turning away from ourselves and focusing on others-something that we could all stand to remember!
"Jax's Tail Twitches" is a sweet story about a squirrel family that shows even when we get angry at each other, there is power in learning how to apologize and say that you're sorry. This is a wonderful example of conflict resolution and creating understanding that we aren't supposed to live in anger with each other as a family or as a community.
And the last of the Good News for Little Hearts series that we have for Charlie is "Zoe's Hiding Place". This book was so near to my heart! It's about Zoe, a little mouse, who is anxious about attending a field trip. I remember when I was young, I used to get so anxious about similar things-to the point where I would make myself sick and keep myself up at night just worrying! I hope Charlie never does that, but if he does, this book is an awesome lesson in that he can come to Jesus with all of his fears and that there will be comfort and ease of fear.
"God Counts" is the last book I'm going to talk about (because if I talk about every book he got, this post will take you ten years to read), but I'm so in love with this book. If you only pick up one book on this list, make this one it. The illustrations are stunning. It's a beautiful mix of learning about counting and learning about Jesus, which I love and I think Charlie will love to as he gets older. 
When we were in the middle of taking Forrest to Auburn basically every week to go to the vet for a little while, we spent a lot of time wandering the aisles of the Opelika Target.
I found this Skip Hop toy for around 50% off as a return and picked it up knowing that Charlie would love it as he gets a little bit older and it was a great deal!
He's already used it a few times since Christmas and he really loves the piano keys that light up & play music and the little toy that has spinning beads, etc on it.
We also love that it will move to three separate stages-click on the link to see how it transforms because it's hard to explain 😂
I saw this on the Facebook page for a local discount store that I follow (they have a website that I linked if you're interested in ordering though!) and fell in love.
It's originally priced at $35, but I only paid $10 which was a steal.
It's so big (39'X52') and the colors are so bright and vibrant. It's going to be perfect now for learning to roll over and eventually sit up and crawl, but also in the future for driving little cars and tractors on. I think that it's so fun being that Auburn is one of Chris & I's favorite places on Earth and this mat shows so many of our favorite little places.
Stocking Stuffers
We didn't do too much for Charlie's stocking, but it is where I stashed some of his smaller gifts.
We got him a sweet Auburn swaddle blanket (that I can't find online!), this cute cactus teething mit (which I think will come in handy in the next few months!), and these fresh food feeders which I'm excited for him to use in the future as he begins teething!
Gifts from Others
This Bumbo baby seat with the tray was on Charlie's baby shower registry, but we didn't receive it so my oldest sister picked it up as his Christmas gift and I'm sure we're going to get a ton of use out of it! While our house is pretty decently sized, we don't have a good place to keep or store a high chair, so I'm hoping this can take the place of one of those at least for a little while longer.
My middle sister picked Charlie up this super sweet stuffed hippo and the book "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" and I LOVE them both-they're so sweet!
I couldn't possibly link every single clothing item Charlie got for Christmas because he got lots, but here are some favorites from us and from other family members. . .
These little jeans fit his long legs and skinny waist pretty well
We have this white oxford button up bodysuit in multiple sizes!
These precious khaki overalls make him look like a little man
Charlie had these moccasins in 0-3 month size, but we lost one while we were on our trip to Montgomery, so we sized up and bought them again...on sale!
Denim shirts are so cute, we can't wait for him to wear this one
Charlie is about to outgrow all of his 0-3 month pajamas, so we bought him this pair from Target and they're currently only $4!
This three-piece set is another sweet Target buy (currently on sale for less than $8!) and we love the little onesie and sweater especially.

I know he got a lot of things for Christmas, but these weren't all from Chris & I and thankfully most will carry him into the next few months!
We had such a blast on his first Christmas & can't wait to celebrate many, many more with our boy.
 Until next time. . .