Limited blogging

Hello!

Life has proven to be busier and crazier than ever! I haven’t been able to post as much as I would like to and don’t see that changing soon.

I’m going to do my best to post the big stuff but for all the small updates and pictures on what the boys are up to you can follow them on Instagram at hello.haileys and for any updates on me you can also follow me on Instagram at alisha.hailey

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

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Haircuts, pictures, friends, and St. Patrick’s day 2019

We had a busy weekend compared to our last few!

FRIDAY
After work we were all hanging out and Liam decided he wanted a haircut (which also means Owen would get one too). I took some before and after pictures. I promise Owen isn’t crying about his hair, he just wanted me to hold him.

We had dinner and then a relaxing evening. We had Joe’s parent’s dog for the weekend so Owen was getting used to having two dogs at the house. I got some nice snuggles from Liam to end the evening.

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SATURDAY
I got up and did my morning yoga followed by heading to sweat circuit. We had a killer St. Patrick’s day themed work out.

The dogs were competing for pets in the morning. So funny!

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When I got home we got the boys dressed up so I could take some 3.5 year old and 1.5 year old pictures. Normally we hire someone to do it but not this time. I think I got some cute pictures!

After pictures Joe went to go cut wood with a few friends. Liam decided he needed to do some work at home too. Then Liam decided to play by Macy so she wasn’t sad about being at our house.

We had lunch and then the boys went down for nap. I cleaned the house during nap time. After nap the boys shared a snack on the couch.

Then I got brave and decided to take the boys and the two dogs on a walk. It started off with both dogs forcing me to basically job until they got the hang of it. Then it wasn’t so bad but not something I would do again I don’t think.

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When we got home we went into the back yard to swing and play. Both boys had fun and so did the dogs.

We had some friends over for dinner to meet their new baby Charlie. Joe and Colin were best friends and high school so it was so good to finally meet Colin and Emily’s baby boy and he is soooo cute! I held him pretty much the entire time.

It was so great to spend time with them. When they left we let the dogs get up on the couch for another sleepover.

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SUNDAY
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! I did my morning yoga and then got ready for the day. When the boys woke up we all got dressed in greed and then went to church.

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I was on nursery duty this week and Owen was the only one in there so we took some pictures together.

Then we went to Joe’s parent’s house, which is on the parade route, and put the boy’s down for a short nap. While they were napping I quick went to say hi to Molly and Ruthie.

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Then it was back to get the boys up from nap so they didn’t miss the parade.My mom and dad met us there and brought Liam a doughnut.

We had fun watching the parade.

Then it was home. We tried to have both boys rest a little bit because they both had short naps, but they weren’t having it. So we did our best to play and keep them entertained to avoid any tired meltdowns.

We put them both to bed a little earlier than normal. I also went to bed early after a rough night of sleep.

Hope you had a great weekend and St. Patrick’s day! Have a great week ahead!

 

Essential oils…why I use them

Essential oils are all the rage lately but I wanted to share why I use essential oils and how they have benefited me.

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I want to start with why I chose Young Living. If I’m honest I started using Young Living because it was the first essential oil company I was introduced to. However the better questions is why did I stay with Young Living and that is an easy question to answer…guaranteed quality. Young Living has a seed to seal guarantee and promise. They abide by very strict guidelines to fulfill their promise to send pure products to your home.

  • Their farms and partner farms abide by strict standards.
  • They hand-weed and use their own oils on plants for pest control to avoid the use of toxic chemicals.
  • They distill on site without chemicals.
  • They test every batch. If it doesn’t meet their standards because of weather conditions or for any other reason, they do not bottle it up.

Now… Why do I use essential oils and how have they helped me and my family.

Allergies -I had very bad seasonal allergies that really just started being a year round issue for me. My prescribed medications didn’t seem to be helping me all that much. I was lucky enough to be introduced to oils. I started using lavender, peppermint, and lemon in a vegetable capsule daily. Fast-forward to today and I only take that concoction if my allergies flare up.

Skin -What you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body as well which is why young living products are my go-to skin care products. I use oils for all kinds of skin purposes for myself, my husband, and my kids. I use them on my face as well.

Immune boost -I have found that I recover quicker from an illness if I use my oils to support my immune system. I also love using it on my kids. Specifically using Thieves essential oil to help fight off and prevent illness.

Chemical free -I wasn’t sold on the chemical free house until my child started sucking on his blanket for comfort. All I could think about was all the extra chemicals he was ingesting and how much that scared me. So I made the switch to chemical free laundry soap, hand soap, and cleaning products. And I won’t go back. I also think this helped with my allergies too.

There are soooo many other ways I use my oils to benefit my health and my family but above are the main ways so far.

Please feel free to ask me for more information and any questions you might have. My goal with this post is only to spread awareness of how essential oils can benefit the entire house and how they have helped me however, if you are interested in trying the oils or even signing up for a starter kit (seriously an amazing deal) click here.

Hope this helps you move forward with your healthy journey!

Finally some warmer weather!

After below zero temperatures there were finally some warmer days ahead of us! We decided to take advantage and get outside as much as possible.

FRIDAY
All of us were tired after a long cold week. We spent the evening relaxing and hanging out.

SATURDAY
Happy Groundhog Day! The boys were up early and ready to play some hockey.

Then I was off to sweat circuit. Another great Saturday morning workout. Then I decided to get some donuts for Groundhog Day. I picked out a few donuts and when I went to check out the lady said I was lucky customer 13 and my donuts were free! How awesome is that???

Liam and I enjoyed the donuts when I got home.

I got some cute shots with Owen. He is so funny.

Then Liam wanted to play with water and cups so I filled up a bowl, put on his swimsuit and put him in the bathtub. He thought it was the greatest thing ever.

While the boys were napping I did some cleaning and then went to visit Jordan and her baby Hayden. Molly and her baby Ruthie joined while I was there too. Seriously so cute!

I got home before the boys woke up. When Liam woke up we watched Punxsutanwney Phil predict and early Spring! Once both boys were up we got dressed in our winter gear and went outside to build a snowman and play in the snow. It was so nice out.

Marley even did some digging and had fun too.

After outside time we started prepping dinner. The boys ate before us and then my parent’s came over to do another celebration dinner for my mom’s retirement. It was so good. After we were done eating it was time for the boys to go to bed. Then we played a game. Joe and my dad dominated all 3 games against me and my mom.

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It was so much fun. They left and we went to bed.

SUNDAY
Seriously this kid and his hat….so funny!

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Then it was off to church. There were pancakes before so we enjoyed those and then let the boys run around a little bit.

Then it was home for lunch and nap time for the boys. During nap I did some appetizer preparation for the Superbowl.

After nap we went sledding at Joe’s sister’s house. The kids and grownups all had a lot of fun. Owen would sign “more” as soon as the sled stopped at the bottom of the hill. Liam was hesitant to sled at first but once he did it he wanted to keep going too.

We had a grownups vs kids race that was a lot of fun too.

Then we went home. Prepared the rest of the appetizers and dinner for the boys. We turned on the Superbowl and watched it in the background while also playing hockey with Liam. Owen found a little keyboard and started pretending he was working.

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We made way too many appetizers for the both of us but they were delicious. We put the boys to bed and watched the rest of the game before going to bed also.

We had a great weekend filled with family and friends. Hope you were able to enjoy some warmer temps and have a great week ahead!

Working weekend

I had a very busy weekend because I had the opportunity to volunteer at an amazing new program offered at my work that involves working with children. I am not going to talk much about that program but it was an amazing opportunity and I am so grateful to have been part of it.

FRIDAY
I was exhausted after volunteering during the day. We spent our evening relaxing.

SATURDAY
After volunteering all day I, again, was so tired. We however had a busy evening planned celebrating my mom’s retirement and my grandparent’s 60th anniversary. We went to a fancy restaurant and had a very tasty meal.

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Judah and Liam really enjoyed the sorbet between each food.

It was so great to celebrate the amazing role models in my life.

SUNDAY
It was my final day of volunteering. Liam woke up and wanted to kick back in our bed while I got ready for the day.

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Joe took the boys to church. Owen feel asleep with my dad which never happens.

When Joe and the boys got home they went down for nap. I got done early and was home before both boys woke up. Joe had to run so I snuggled with Owen on the couch. Then Liam woke up and joined us. Such a perfect way to relax and spend time with my boys.

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Then Joe got home and we rounded out the weekend with pizza and watermelon for dinner, some play time, bath time, and a movie.

Although I was very busy and not home a lot this weekend, it was a great weekend and I am thankful for the time I did spend with my family and for the opportunity I was given. Have a wonderful week and stay warm!

A weekend home

We had a pretty uneventful weekend which was nice!

FRIDAY
Liam found our shade tent in the garage and wanted to bring it inside. We set it up and he pretended it was his house. Both boys loved playing in it.

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It was spaghetti night and both boys love spaghetti. Owen was a mess. We also gave him some dairy-free yogurt and that made him even messier.

Then we inflated the air mattress and had a movie night.

SATURDAY
I had sweat circuit. Then I was off to get an oil change and then groceries.

Then it was home for lunch time and nap time for the boys. Joe and I cleaned the house while the kids napped.

When they woke up Liam and Joe went outside to set up some traps. Joe is trying to trap a rabbit to eat. I’m not sure how I feel about it but we will see. While they are outside Owen and I played inside.

Joe’s mom stopped by to see the boys and then we had dinner.

After dinner we did more movie time and then bed time.

SUNDAY
Smoothies and cartoons to start off the morning. We relaxed all morning and then it was time for church.

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After church we went home and put the boys down for nap. I intended not to nap but got super sleepy and decided I wanted to nap too.

When the boys woke up from nap we went to my parent’s house for dinner. Joe and my dad went to the airport to pick up my brother Blake while my mom, the kids, and I hung out and played.

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Then it was home to put the boys to bed and wind down.

We had a great weekend of getting things done. Hope you have a great week ahead!

Temporary leave from Facebook

I have decided to take a leave from Facebook and see how I feel about it. I may only leave for a week or maybe forever but I want to try and see what happens. I have already deleted the app from my phone and that will be a permanent decision.

If you want to continue seeing my blog posts you can follow my blog at https://dandelion-wishes2.com/ and subscribe to get emails or just check in every once in a while.

I will continue to be on Instagram as alisha.hailey and can be followed there as well.

I’m excited to see how this goes. I’m looking forward to stopping the mindless scrolling and to step away from my phone for a little while.

Owen is 1 year old!

It is so hard to believe that our baby is 1 already. This past year has gone by faster than ever. We are so blessed to have had Owen as part of our family for a year now and can’t wait to continue watching him grow and learn.

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GROWTH
Owen just seems to continue to grow so much. At his last appointment he was 18 lbs 12 oz and 30 inches long. He is still so long!

EAT
Owen has now transitioned to milk, however since he needs to be dairy-free we are having to try alternatives. He is drinking almond milk throughout the day. In the morning I am mixing almond milk with Ripple milk which has a higher fat content and more nutrition than almond milk. We are also giving him foods higher in fat to make up for what he is missing from whole milk.

Owen is regularly having 3 meals a day and loves real food. We try to give him what we are eating unless it has dairy. He is a really good eater and demands his food when he is hungry.

Owen loves using his sippy cup and uses this during the day. He does still use a bottle for his milk in the morning but that is all.

SLEEP
Owen has been sleeping through the night. We are also at 2 naps per day. We have a general nap pattern now that consists of a morning nap around 9 for about an hour and an afternoon nap usually around 12-1 ish for about 2 hours.

TEETH
Owen has the four teeth.

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DEVELOPMENT/ACTIVITY
Owen has started walking! He started with a few steps here and there but just last week he decided he wants to walk more. He has taken up to 10 steps in a row and will bring himself back to standing after falling and start walking again. He is getting better and better every day.

He is still crawling when he is in a hurry and can’t walk fast enough. He cruises when he crawls!

He babbles a lot and enjoys yelling and growling. He says mama and dada but other than that hasn’t really said any recognizable words.

Owen has learned so much and will imitate most things you do. He waves “hi,” gives kisses, lays his head on your shoulder to be “so nice,” does “so big,” claps his hands, fake laughs, cries, and coughs, and new to this month is blowing kisses.

Owen and Liam are interacting more and more as Owen grows. Owen wants everything to do with Liam and will follow him around the house.

Owen is definitely a mama’s boy.

Favorites:

  • Mom/Dad/Liam
  • Swaddle blankets
  • Crawling and walking
  • Being “scared”
  • Being chased
  • Making loud noises
  • Being naked -used to hate it now he loves it
  • Bath time

Dislikes:

  • Being cold
  • Waiting for food
  • Getting dressed/undressed

Soaking up the last of summer

It was an eventful yet uneventful weekend. We tried to spend as much time as possible outside (bugs willing) and soak up the last of summer.

FRIDAY
We spent a little bit of time outside. Joe found a grasshopper. Liam was not a fan but Owen had no fear and was very curious about it.

We then spent the rest of the evening inside relaxing.

SATURDAY
Liam had woke up in the middle of the night with a wet bed. So I got up with him, changed his clothes, changed his sheets, and put them in the wash. When Owen woke up for the morning and I went into his room his bed was covered in poop! This never happened with Liam and never before with Owen. It was awful. His sheets went straight into the wash and Owen went straight into the bath. Poor kid!

After things settled down at home I was off to the gym to teach Sweat Circuit class. I then hustled home to get ready for family pictures.

We had Signe come over to do our family pictures again. She does great work. This time we were doing Owen’s 1 year pictures and smash cake, family pictures, and Liam’s 3 year pictures. Well, Owen did great but Liam was stubborn and unwilling to participate. We tried everything without success. Oh well! Owen loved his frosting on his cake.

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After pictures it was lunch time and nap time for the boys. After nap we took the boys to my parents house for a sleepover so Joe and I could go on a date to celebrate our anniversary (a little early).

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We took a quick picture before we left and then left our phones in the vehicle for our entire date. We went to Pier 500 in Hudson and then walked the pier. It was quiet and super relaxing. Then we went home to no kids and binged on some Netflix before calling it a night. Seriously, perfect.

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SUNDAY
I slept in and Joe got up early (why? lol). We were both able to get a lot done without the kids there. I cleaned up both boys rooms and put their clothes away and cleaned up the living room.

Then we went to get an oil change in my vehicle before heading to my parents to see the boys and stay for the Packer/Viking game.

We had lunch and went swimming before nap time. My parent’s had the game set up to watch out by the pool and it was amazing and so much fun. The boys went to nap shortly after the game started which was perfect for me to relax and watch the game.

Joe left during halftime to get ready to go hunting. It was Bow Opener on Saturday.

Liam woke up just before the game ended and was clearly still tired. He didn’t want to talk to anyone or do anything.

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The game ended in a tie (ugh) and we stayed for a little while after but both my boys were having major meltdowns so we packed up and headed for home.

On the way home Joe called and said his dad was almost home from his elk hunt and was wondering if we wanted to meet over there to see the elk. So, we headed to his parents. Liam had so many questions but overall was happy to see the elk.

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Then it was home for dinner. Both boys were still a little moody. I gave them both a bath and the put Owen to bed. Liam and I snuggled and watched a movie. Then he had his meltdown until Joe came home to help put him to bed.

Joe ended up shooting a doe which is great because we love the meat and needed more.

It was a super hot weekend and I’m glad we got to enjoy it outside! Have a great week!

Liam is 3 years old!

Seems like just yesterday we were announcing “It’s a boy!” to our family and now we have an independent 3 year old who has stolen our hearts, makes us proud, and makes us laugh daily.

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GROWTH
Liam is 31.5 pounds and 36.5 inches tall.

EAT
Liam has always been a good eater. For the most part he still eats really well except when he is practicing his independence. Meal times can be quite challenging on those days.

SLEEP
Liam still takes a good 2+ hour nap most days around 12 and he sleeps through the night in his toddler bed. In the past year he has gone through periods of waking up and crying in the middle of the night but I am hoping we are past that.

Liam is fully potty trained other than naps and bedtime. He wakes up dry from nap maybe 25% of the time. We will get there!

TEETH
Liam has 20 teeth! He had his first dentist visit this past year that went very well. He is in the no cavity club and does really well brushing his teeth.

DEVELOPMENT/ACTIVITY
Liam has began engaging in pretend play. It is so fun watching him use different voices and pretending certain things are happening or that an item is something else.

Liam is beginning to really practice his independence. He likes to do things his way and is very stubborn.

Liam has good days and bad days but overall he is really well behaved. We tell him to turn his listening ears on when he is struggling to listen and he turns a pretend dial on his ears (so funny!). We use time outs and “breaks” to help him adjust his behaviors/reactions when he is not listening/misbehaving.

Liam can count to 10, tell stories, recognize writing, knows his colors, somersault, jump on one foot, ride a bike with training wheels, and really a whole lot more. He likes to play hockey, baseball, and go swimming. He likes shooting his bow.

Liam likes to make up words that rhyme with the real word.

Liam is pretty shy around new people or even people he doesn’t see often. He warms up after a while but his initial reaction is to be shy.

Liam is still a very curious and observant little boy. He does not miss a thing and even when you think he isn’t listening….he is.

Liam is now interested in gender and names. He often asks “is that a boy? is that a girl? what’s his name? what’s her name?”

Liam loves being a big brother and making Owen laugh. There are times he will take Owen’s toys, wrestle him, or push him down and then there are other times where he will share with Owen, make him laugh, and give him kisses. It’s all about balance right?

Favorites:

  • Swaddle blankets (sucks on it for comfort)
  • Dad
  • Being outside
  • Watching movies on netflix
  • Watching hunting
  • Swimming
  • Riding his bike
  • Doing anything dad does

Dislikes:

  • Being told “no”
  • Wind or rain
  • Water in his eyes during bath time (swimming he is fine)
  • Loud noises