Orchard Girls

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Simon's 5 Month Update

Good Evening! Today my sweet Simon is 5 months old. He continues to grow, if fact, he is getting to be quite the little chubster, and I love it. I don't have any new stats, until his 6 month doctor appointment. I will just have to update you on how he is doing and whats new. As far as breastfeeding he is doing fantastic, things couldn't be better. He has been pretty flexible with eating if he need's to be. However, most often he eats every 3 hours during the day and is only eating once during the night. I have tried to feed him some baby food (applesauce) with rice cereal and he does okay. He's not quite sure about it all just yet, which is totally fine. We will just keep trying to introduce him baby food once a day until he gets the hang of things. I am not in any rush, so I am not too worried about it.
Sleeping has been great, too. He is pretty regularly taking 3 naps a day. A morning nap, long afternoon nap, and a shorter evening nap. He usually falls asleep around 8:45pm and I feed him at 10:00pm (he usually stays asleep) and he will sleep until 4 or 4:30am, fall back asleep until 8am. It has been working really well for us, and I love getting set-up into some sort of routine. 
The Adeline/Simon brother-sister duo is so much fun. They are starting to interact more and Adeline continues to be such a helpful big sister. She will walk up to him if he is fussing and attempt to say, "was wong" (what's wrong) and try to give him his blanket, binky, or a toy.
-As you can see, Simon is on his way to sitting up. He can only sit up for about as long as it took me to take these pictures, and he was leaning against the wall, but a huge milestone nonetheless. 
-Started with baby food (applesauce baby food with rice cereal) he does okay.
-Still only rolling from back to tummy, not the other way around yet.
-He is wearing some 3-6 month clothing, but 6 month clothes are fitting him perfect. He is also fitting into most 9 month clothes as well, which is crazy to me, I remember Addie fitting into 3 month clothing until she was 9 months old. Lol.
Well, that is all I have for now. Have a great rest of the week! Before I go, if YOU do monthly updates for YOUR little one, I would love to check them out. Comment below! :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

October IPSY vs. BIRCHBOX!

Hey guys! It's been a while since we've shown you what we've gotten in our IPSY and Birchbox monthly subscriptions. I thought I'd show you what I received this month! If you didn't know IPSY and Birchbox are both $10.00 a month. You receive beauty samples, and sometimes full size products. They tailor what you get based on a quiz you take when signing up! I think it's a lot of fun, and I end up purchasing way less beauty products this way! Also, you get a chance to try things out that you never would have on your own.

Here's what I received in my IPSY:
First of all, the bag this month is really cute! It's a quilted teal bag, with really durable fabric! This will go great in the diaper bag. As for the products,
1. Epice Purifying Exfoliant. This is really nice. The texture of the "exfoliating" cream is pretty smooth. The granules that do the exfoliating are super fine, so they don't irritate the skin.
2. Kiss Premium Human Hair Eyelashes. I've said before that I like receiving fake eyelashes in these boxes. I don't ever buy eyelashes, but I like having a couple of pairs on hand for special occasions. These ones look really nice and natural.
3. Ayres Body Butter. I feel like I've gotten this before. I'm sure I still have the whole one, since I don't really like the smell of this. Maybe I need to give them away!
4. MICA Beauty Eyeshadow. This is a dark green loose eyeshadow with glitter in it. I'm not sure how much I will use this. I more of a neutrals girl, but I might use this wet as an eyeliner. 
5. Starlooks lip gloss. This is a really pretty natural looking lip gloss. I've already worn it several times and enjoyed it.

Now for Birchbox:
The card on the right is for a giveaway they're doing. If you post your picture to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram you could win $100 dollars in their store. You just write in your current obsession! Right now, ours is the show Blacklist! Love it! Here are the products,
1. Amika Dry Shampoo. Really love this. It's a small size, but I'm sure I can get enough uses out of it to know if I like it. Which I do.
2. Benefit the Porefessional Primer. I've always wanted to try this, so I'm glad I got a sample. So far I like it, but we will have to wait and see if it breaks me out- which a lot of primers do.
3. Dr. Brandt pores no more vacuum cleaner mask. I'm super excited to try this! I have a problem with clogged pores, so we will see if this helps! I believe these products are pretty expensive, so to get a sample is really nice.
4. Lord & Berry eyeliner pencil. This is a black with chunky glitter in it. Not sure how much I like it, but I'm sure I will use it. I get kind of tired of all the black eyeliners I get in my boxes. I wish they would be different colors. How many black eyeliners does one girl need?
5. Ellovi Butter in Vanilla. I really like this body butter. The texture is kind of like a balm and it smells really nice. It only has 6 ingredients, which are all natural.

So, there you have it! As for a winner, I think Birchbox wins. I really like everything except the eyeliner. It helps that some of the products are from more expensive brands.

I hope you all are having a great Monday! Talk to you soon,

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Easiest Pumpkin Apple Muffins!

If any of you are familiar with fall baking, you probably already know this recipe! It's one of the easiest things you can bake- especially if you leave out the apple! I decided to share it since there might be someone out there who doesn't know this trick!

What you'll need:
-Spice Cake Mix
-16oz can of Pumpkin
-1 apple (I used Braeburn, but you could really use any kind you like or have handy!)

What you do:
1. Mix the cake mix and pumpkin into a large bowl. (You could just bake it like this if you didn't want the apple!)
2. Peel your apple. Using a shredder, shred your apple right into the bowl. Mix it up!
3. Scoop into regular sized muffin tin & bake at 350 degrees for around 25 minutes. This recipe makes a dozen.
4. Enjoy! They're super moist and not too sweet, so you don't have to feel guilty for having one three for breakfast.

Hope you all had a great week!

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