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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Fruit Infused Water

We've been struggling with illness at our house, so it was perfect timing when I discovered the new Sassy Fruit Infuser Cup for Marz.  Marz prefers to drink ice water over anything, so I figured adding some fruit to help boost his immune system would be a great way to keep any more illnesses away! Infusing water provides a little sweetness and flavor which makes it easier to get in your recommended water intake.


The Sassy Fruit Infuser Cup comes with a cute infusion basket shaped as a strawberry.  The basket holds 1/4 cup of fruit and you can place it in the freezer to keep your water cooler for longer.  The lid to the cup is designed so that your child can drink from anywhere around the rim. We haven't had any trouble with leaks or spills with this cup - my boy definitely put this cup to the test (hashtag: Menace Marz).


You can get really creative with your fruit blends!  Here are a few of our favorites:




You can purchase the fruit infuser cup here. Or if your little one already has a favorite cup, you can also purchase the infuser basket separately here.

If you have any flavor combinations that you love, please share with us!

This post is in partnership with Sassy, however all opinions are our own!
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Being Present + Spending Quality Time in 2017
&
A Giveway With JORD Wood Watches

One of my resolutions for 2017 is to spend more active and quality time with my husband and children.  With busy schedules, phones, and electronics we've been missing out on being present with one another.  I often use my phone for the clock on it which can then lead to a quick peek at Instagram or Snap, texts, and then answering a few emails...soon I look up to realize I've wasted so much time.  Please tell me I'm not the only one!

So, I was so excited when JORD Wood Watches sent me one of their unique women's watches! Gone are the days of getting distracted by glancing at my phone for the time.  I can put my phone away and spend the much needed quality time with my family!  I've been wearing my watch non-stop and I am in love with the design, comfort and all the compliments I've received while wearing it! I have the Frankie 35 in dark sandalwood and mint.  Each timepiece from JORD is created with luxury in mind and each watch is one-of-a-kind and functional.  I have about five more wood watches on my wish list right now!



My watch is super lightweight, so I am able to wear it without it getting in the way of my crazy toddler and when I want to give it more flair, I can stack jewelry around it without feeling weighed down.




JORD also has some beautiful and timeless men's watches.  Marvin has his eye on a couple and I think it would make the perfect Valentine's Day gift!  Along with JORD's gorgeous timepieces, their packaging is just as dreamy.  JORD makes giving the gift of time so simple and an easy decision!  Each watch comes in a stunning cedar box and there's even a little drawer to hide a love note in! ;) Or if you're looking for something extra special, they have some really impressive engraving options.



My friends over at JORD are giving away a $100 credit to JORD for one of my readers - just in time for Valentine's Day or to start you off on the right track for 2017!!  The contest will close on January 29th at 11:59pm, so be sure to enter before time runs out ;) by following this giveaway link!  All you need to enter is your name and email address AND just for entering, you will be gifted a $25 credit to JORD once the contest has ended!



Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Snacking with NurturMe

We have been very indulgent with our sugar consumption during the holiday season and now it's time to get our act together! We've partnered with NurturMe to bring you a few quick ideas for snacking or meal time with their Quinoa Squares.

I've been using NurturMe since Marz was around 6 months old. Some of his favorites were the Yum-A-Roo Snacks. They're organic fruits and veggies that have been quick dried to lock in and maintain essential nutrients. We have also used the Power Blend Purees which are packed with superfoods and awesome flavor combos! I always feel good when I can provide him with a delicious and healthy snack. They're also so easy to bring along when traveling or for a distraction when you have a baby third wheel in tow for date night!

Now that Marz is a toddler, I was excited to try out the Quinoa Squares. The squares are dissolvable puffed crackers loaded with so many health benefits, and they're made without any added sugar or preservatives. They come in three flavors and are made with 100% quinoa.


These crackers can be served and eaten straight out of the bag, but here are some additional ways we've incorporated the Quinoa Squares:

Snack time: Cheddar + Broccoli Squares with Hummus


Snack time: Sweet Potato + Apple + Cinnamon Squares with Yogurt & Kiwi


Meal Time: Pineapple + Spinach Squares with Cheese Cubes, Blueberries, Green Beans & Whole Wheat Bread with Almond Butter


Marz has been loving anything that he can dip, so lately I've been coming up with healthy dip options to sneak in food he would normally push off his tray, hashtag: eyeroll. These Quinoa Squares are perfect when you're looking for one more side to include for meal-time, or all alone for a filling and nutritious snacks. NurturMe has a nice range of healthy, convenient, and delicious products for infants and toddlers.


This post was in partnership with NurturMe, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017
Happy 2017!

Happy New Year! I'm dusting off the ol' blog this year and have some really exciting things in store, so I hope you all continue to follow along on our journey! 

We recently announced that we are expecting again! Our baby is due in May which makes me almost 20 weeks along.  It's our last baby, so I'm trying to savor every moment of pregnancy - the good, the bad, and the ugly.  It's been tough because I've been really sick with this babe.  I'm hoping that we are done with the nausea and throwing up part...it's been a week without any action, so I'm crossing my fingers!



We spent our New Years Eve with our kids and surprised them with a gender reveal at midnight! We had an ultrasound last week and asked the technician to put the baby's gender in an envelope. We took the envelope to our favorite cupcake shop, That One Cupcake Place and asked them to fill the cupcakes with either pink or blue frosting depending on the information inside of our envelope.





We partied hard with snacks, fire ice cream, dance parties and sparkling juice while waiting for the clock to strike midnight. 

I swear the only thing that kept me awake until midnight was knowing that I would be finding out if our baby was a boy or girl! After predictions, a loud and wild countdown, we took giant bites of our cupcakes and found out we are having a...BABY GIRL!!!



I am so excited for this blessing and cannot wait for her to get here! She is already so fiercely loved.

I'm ready for all the opportunity and blessings that 2017 is going to bring to our family.  We have a lot of exciting things happening!
God bless you and your families, and Happy New Year! 
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Marz's Birth Story

It really blows my mind that it's already been 12 weeks since we first laid eyes on our sweet baby boy.  I have been floating around on heavy dose of cloud 9 with a side of caffeine.  

I began having contractions on Sunday, April 19th.  I didn't think much of it because the girls were both 2 weeks overdue, so I was banking that this pregnancy would be the same.  My original due date was April 20th, but our doctor ended up pushing it to April 24th because of the measurements from my ultrasounds.  The doctor actually wanted change the due date to April 28th, but I begged for them to meet me halfway.  It sounds ridiculous, but when you're 9 months pregnant just a day makes a huge difference.  Also, I knew that they would use the due date to determine an induction date, if I would need one.

So, once I felt the contractions on the 19th, I told Marvin that we better get to Target to pick up baby stuff, nursing supplies, snacks and a new robe for me.  Yeah, I was completely behind in being prepared because I was convinced Marz was going to be late.  We picked up everything we needed and then went home to pack our hospital bags "just in case".  

Monday, April 20th, I felt like the contractions were coming more frequently, so I started timing the contractions. After my mom and Marvin's constant encouragement to get to the hospital, I finally caved and went that evening. I ended up being sent home after a few hours with a sleeping pill, 2 sleepy girls, and a frustrated husband. The girls were such troopers! They spent hours in the waiting room while I was monitored and walked through the halls. The sleeping pill was the worst decision ever, but made for some hilarious stories that I heard about later and have absolutely no recollection of. :) 

Of course, my contractions went into overdrive in the middle of the night - ya know, just when the sleeping pill is supposed to be doing its thang. 
Taken the morning I gave birth to Marz // 40 weeks + 1 day
Marvin called my doctor's office early Tuesday morning and they advised us to come in to be checked.  As soon as we walked into the office, it finally sank in that I might actually be in active labor because of all the concerned looks I was given by staff and other patients.  It's funny looking back at it now - I can only imagined what I looked like - a zombie in labor.  I saw my doctor right away who checked me and I was 6 centimeters and told us to go directly to the hospital - he would let them know I was coming and to admit me.  I was shocked that I was already 6 cm!  That morning our doctor wasn't at our normal office location, but it happened to be right across the street from the hospital (hallelujah!).  We went across the street, headed to the Labor & Delivery floor, and was hooked up to an IV.  The nurse checked me again and I was 8cm.  Marvin and I couldn't believe I moved to 8cm within 20 minutes!  The nurses and doctor advised us that we would have our baby that afternoon.  My water broke while I was laying in the bed talking to Marvin.  It was the craziest feeling.  With the girls, my waters never broke naturally.  The afternoon came and went, evening came and went and I was still hanging out at 8cm.  I started getting concerned at stalling and I really didn't want to get any Pitocin.  I had gotten this far by myself that I was bummed when it was finally suggested that I start a low dose of Pitocin.  Once the Pitocin got into my system, I quickly hit 10cm, but the doctor stalled pushing because Marz wasn't low enough at that point. That was surprising considering the amount of pain I was in from the time I was 5 months pregnant and my regular doctor had told me at each of my prenatal appointments that the baby was "really low".   

It was finally time to start pushing at 9:40pm. The nurse asked Marvin to hold my left leg while she held my right, so I could start pushing.  This part is hilarious when Marvin retells the story since he had pictured being up by my head during this time.  He was so great during the whole process.  He gave me so much encouragement.  I was so exhausted at this point between being awake for so many hours and labor, so his encouragement and enthusiasm really got me through the next 22 minutes.  Marvin tells everyone that I turned into the Incredible Hulk during pushing and that he didn't realize there could be so many veins in my face - haha!  But this Incredible Hulk pushed Baby Hulk out before the doctor was completely dressed in his scrubs.  The doctor literally had to come running over to "catch" our son.

Marz Hawk McNutt was born at 10:02pm and a surge of happiness, love, and gratitude to our Lord & Savior came over me.  Marz was immediately placed on my chest where he nestled in for a few minutes and then raised his head to look at me!  The surge of so many happy emotions came over me. After just a few minutes, he began the rooting reflex (helps a breastfed infant find the mother's nipple).  I saw this happen on a documentary I had watched about the benefits of skin-to-skin, but I was still an awe when it actually happened to us.  He began "pecking" all the way down until he found my breast and began to feed.  Just like that.  It was amazing. I loved being able to experience this style of skin-to-skin.  My previous babies were taken to get weighed, measured, and washed up before they were handed to me.  I had no idea how awesome it would feel to have Marz skin-to-skin with me for an hour.  It's a moment I will cherish forever.  And just when I thought my heart couldn't swell anymore, I handed Marz to Marvin for the first time and when I saw Marvin's face...there are no words. Marvin was so proud and I fell even more in love with my husband.  I didn't sleep at all that night.  I just kept staring at the little miracle in our room and thanking God for giving me such a gift and all the previous gifts and gifts to come. He is so good!!

I couldn't wait for all three (THREE!) of my kids to be together! Marvin brought the girls to the hospital the next morning.  The girls were so sweet with their little brother and the five of us hung out and loved on our new baby the rest of the day.

The next day we were discharged from the hospital and greeted at home by Paris, Sophia, and my sister Jenna.  She was such a huge help during our first week at home.  We were so blessed that she was able to come help out.  Following her visit, Marvin's parents came to Charlotte to meet Marz, spoil the girls, and continue to help around the house.  After they left, my mom and brother visited for a week.  We hadn't seen them for over a year, so it was a very nice reunion! Marvin and I even got a chance to sneak in a little date night.

This little boy has brought our home more happiness (and sleepless nights) than I ever could have imagined. My heart is overflowing and family of five looks pretty good on us! ;)















Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Lil Baby Nutt // 35 weeks




How far along: 35 weeks & 1 day
Gender: Boy!
Milestone: We had a "surprise" ultrasound last week to measure baby's growth.  My fundal height was measuring low, so the doctor wanted to make sure baby's growth and my fluids were okay.  Everything checked out great! Baby is estimated weighing 4 lbs 10oz and long according to his femur measurement.  Our doctor is estimating that he will be in the 6 lb. range at birth.  The picture above is the best we got because he spent most of the time hiding his face behind his umbilical cord and sucking his thumb.  :)  He stuck his tongue out a couple of times and even flashed a little smirk!  It was amazing to see him in action and it made us even more excited for his arrival!  He's also "head down".
Weight gain: 17 lbs.
Maternity clothes: Yes and stretching out a few regular shirts.
Belly button in or outInnie
Sleep: Depends on the night, but I've had some pretty good nights lately!
Best Moment This Week: Over the past couple of weeks.... Our ultrasound, celebrating our one year wedding anniversary, laughing hysterically at absolutely nothing (hormones!), gorgeous weather and shopping for Lil Baby Nutt.
Worst Moment This Week: I wouldn't say it's a "worst" but starting to feel overwhelmed with preparations for baby as we get closer and closer to delivery day!
Miss anything: Not getting blasted in the ribs! And an icy cold green beer to celebrate St. Patty's day!
Movement: All the time. He never stops moving!
Cravings: Sweet tea and Sonic ice.
Queasy or sick: Nope!
Looking forward to: This week we have two birthing classes to complete and Sophia's school play that she tried out for a few months ago is on Friday & Saturday.  She's been working so hard and I can't wait to see her in action!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  We started our morning off with green pancakes, as usual! :)




Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Lil Baby Nutt // 32 weeks
&
Other Ramblings


I skipped taking a photo for 31 weeks, but I didn't completely fail...the chalkboard was completed.  We were all sick last week and I couldn't find the energy to even take a picture.  Here's a picture of the 31 week chalkboard - anyone else still obsessed with Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk"?

How far along: 32 weeks & 2 days
Gender: Boy!
Milestone: Baby should be about 18 inches and 4 lbs. Baby's favorite activities include sucking his thumb, hiccups, and "swimming" like crazy.
Weight gain: 14 lbs.
Maternity clothes: Still mixing in maternity and regular clothes, but mostly maternity.
Belly button in or outStill an innie.
Sleep: Once I'm asleep, I'm sleeping great. But now I've been dealing with the worst insomnia and it's kicking my ass, but I am loving re-watching Gossip Girl on Netflix. :)
Best Moment This Week: Everyone feeling a little bit better - we all had bad colds and Sophia ended up with a high fever for a day.  Between teacher workdays and weather related cancelations, the girls were off from school for a week.  We all had a bit of cabin fever, so it felt good to get back to our routine on Monday.  Charlotte is expecting snow again tonight.  I have a feeling we may have a repeat of last week since anything over a trace of snow causes this city to SHUT DOWN. Being from Iowa, this completely cracks me up!  It was fun to see a bit of snow last week and the girls are hoping more accumulates this go-around so they can actually play in it.
Worst Moment This Week: Insomnia every single night.
Miss anything: Warm weather & my energy/sleep.
Movement: Yes, out of control movement - starting to distinguish different body parts moving.
Cravings: I've been having popsicles every night before bed. 
Queasy or sick: Feeling pretty good.
Looking forward to: My doctor's appointment on Friday, warm weather, and having this little man in my arms!