Friday I’m in Love…on Saturday

Happy Friday and happy April! Apparently I haven’t shared my loves in about a month (and I can’t even get them posted on the right day), so we have a lot to catch up on, let’s get started.

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In the world of sports, college basketball and March Madness has come to an end. I am sad to see basketball go, but I am excited about the new regime at IU. UCF ended their season in the final four of the NIT tournament, so that was exciting! Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to any games this year, that’ll be a goal for next year. Greg is thoroughly excited that baseball is back. He also opted to sit out of fantasy baseball this year, so watching games has been more laid back than it has been in years. Let’s go Mets!

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This just in, parenting is hard. Here are a couple of good articles I’m loving lately: 9 Reasons Why I’m The Mean Mom, Not The Cool Mom and Dear Working Mom. Also related, I’ve been listening to the Simple Families podcast and Denaye has some really great episodes.

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I don’t know why it took me so long to try coconut milk, but I’m obsessed. I’ve completely replaced my coffee creamer with it and I had it on my cereal this week. It’s delicious! My new drink at Starbucks is iced coffee with vanilla and coconut milk. I swear I’ve been talking about it all week. As far as dinners go, we’ve been having a lot of our usual favorites, but we are definitely adding these grilled shrimp tacos with avocado salsa in to the rotation. Yum!

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We were late to the game with watching Moana, but Greg randomly brought it home a few weekends ago so we finally watched it. It is SO good! I think Greg and I may have liked it even more than the kids. We’ve also been listening to the soundtrack nonstop on Spotify, which is just as amazing as the movie. If you haven’t seen or listened to it, I highly recommend it. We also saw the new live action Beauty and the Beast the day before we left on the cruise. It was also really good!

Friday I'm in Love Linky Party

What have you been loving lately?!

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday! It’s hard to believe this is the last Friday in June. How is that possible? Anyway, let’s get to it…

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On Sunday night, over 50,000 people stood together around Lake Eola to remember and honor the victims of the tragedy. We weren’t able to go, but we watched the recap on the news following the NBA Finals Game 7 (which was insane, by the way!). The vigil was the best way to close a horrific week in our city. Monday was a new day and a new week and we welcomed it with open arms. On Wednesday, Keep Dancing Orlando was born and it brought a smile and a few tears to my face. Watch, smile, and keep dancing Orlando.

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Can I share with you what has been our saving grace lately? This

The favorite thing to do in our house right now is jump on the couch, which results in us telling asking the kids to stop jumping on the couch no less than ten times a day. Now, we just tell them to jump on the trampoline instead and has made everyone so happy!

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I came across a couple good articles this week for working moms and working women everywhere.

The ugly secret of working moms

Sheryl Sandberg of the Myth of the Catty Woman


Friday I'm in Love Linky Party

Don’t forget to head over to see what the other ladies are loving this month. We will also be taking a short hiatus from the link-up for the summer. We will be back in full force after Labor Day!

Have a great weekend!

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday! Head over and check out what these ladies are loving:

Misha // Mary Beth // Amanda // Laura // Aileen // Jessica // and welcome to Ashley!

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Recently, the Bentgo Kids lunchbox was on a lightning deal on Amazon. We snagged a couple and already love them! They are excellent for packing lunches and are a great size. I don’t fill the compartments all the way to the top yet, so there is still room to grow with them. I’ve already started making a list of healthy items to pack in the kids’ lunches for a quick reference once school starts back up again in the fall.

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Greg is an avid ice coffee drinker, so he got a Contigo Shake & Go tumbler for Father’s Day last weekend. Since he was out of town this week, I confiscated it. It’s pretty sweet. You can shake up your coffee then pop the straw in. I would imagine this is also good for smoothies and shakes too!

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I finally ordered Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg for my Kindle (which ended up being free thanks to my Amazon credits!) and I am excited to start reading it (you know, in all my free time). While I was learning more about the book, I came across Sheryl’s TED talk: Why we have too few women leaders from 2010… yes, I realize I’m a little behind the times. If you’re so inclined, listen to it. It has me very excited to read the book!


Your turn! Tell us what you’re loving in the comments or link back to your own post, we’d love to see!

Happy Friday!

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Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday! Head over and check out what these ladies are loving:

Misha // Mary Beth // Amanda // Laura // Aileen // Jessica

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Taylor does it again. Her latest music video has an all-star cast and it’s pretty much amazing.

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My current favorite oil blend is the “wake up” blend. It is perfect for the afternoon when I could really go for a coffee to help make it through the rest of the day.


12 drops of orange
12 drops of peppermint
2/3 full of grape seed oil

This combo is also amazing in the diffuser. Try it!

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New Study Reveals Kids Actually Benefit From Having Working Moms



Your turn! What are you loving this week?

Have a great long weekend!

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday!

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I love photography. If there was more time in the day, I would definitely learn more about it and practice more often. One of my absolute favorite bloggers is Ashley Ann (I know I’ve mentioned this before) and I really loved this post this week. It captures the small things that could easily have been overlooked on a busy Easter Sunday.

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Are you tired of the mommy articles yet? I kind of am, but I do need to share these… 10 Things Working Mothers Don’t Want To Hear and 10 Things People Say That Drive Working Moms Crazy. Please take note.

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Baseball is back and we are excited in the Gilbertson household. This week I stumbled upon Bleacher Creatures, specifically the Matt Harvey Bleacher Creature. How adorable? I definitely think C-man needs one of these.

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You know it’s the little things when you get excited about organic fractionated coconut oil. Fractionated coconut oil does not harden like regular coconut oil does and I’m so excited to use it as a carrier oil with my essential oils. I’m going to be mixing up some concoctions this weekend.

young living essential oils fractionated coconut oil

Your turn! What are you loving?


Don’t forget to check out what these ladies are loving too!

Misha // Mary Beth // Amanda // Laura and welcome to Aileen who is joining in!

Have a great weekend!

Slow Cooker Meals

I taught a class for six weeks this summer which meant I was putting in almost 11 hour days at work four days a week. Meanwhile, Greg was playing super daddy at home and holding down the fort. The last thing I wanted him to worry about was making dinner each night before I got home. To alleviate that, I made a slow cooker meal for almost every night I was teaching. I prepared the meal the night before and Greg turned it on before he left the house for the day. We have the Cuisinart Programmable Slow Cooker which goes to warm after the cook time is complete, so we didn’t have to worry about it being on all day. We still play around with the cook times on recipes because I think it still continues to cook a little bit even on warm.

crock pot slow cooker meals

Here is the list of recipes & my thoughts on each.

Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces – Moroccan Spiced Stew with Green Olives and Lemon
This is my least favorite of the sauces. It was pretty spicy.

Apple Cinnamon Slow Cooker Porkloin
I make this often. Apple, cinnamon and honey rank high in my book.

Pineapple chicken
This is hit or miss. My chicken in the slow cooker tends to be dry.

Potato Bacon Soup
We don’t normally eat a lot of soups, but this one was good.

Babyback Ribs
This is one of the favorites in our house. We get the Hormel ribs from Target and add the rub.
They are so so good!

Creamy Crock Pot Spaghetti
This has potential, but it didn’t cook all the way through since I couldn’t stir it after three hours. I wouldn’t recommend making it if you’re going to be gone all day.

Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces – Apple Bourbon BBQ with Sweet Peppers and Brown Sugar
We did this one with chicken over rice and it was great.

Crock Pot Chicken Fajitas
These were great, but there was a lot of liquid in there after cooking. I will definitely cut down on the water next time.

Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces – Sweet Korean BBQ with Roasted Ginger and Sesame
These sauces are as easy as you can get and this flavor was good.

Swiss Chicken
I will definitely be making this again.

Chicken and Rice with Black Beans
I’ll be making this again as well.

The best thing about the lasagna is that you can put the noodles in uncooked. We make this often.

Crock Pot Chili
This was good, but a tad spicy. I’m determined to find a go-to chili recipe!

Pizza Casserole
Good, but very rich. I probably won’t make this one again.

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken
This is great for sandwiches!

Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces – Tavern Style Pot Roast with Mushrooms and Roasted Garlic
This one is my favorite of the Campbell’s sauces. It’s so good!

Root Beer Pulled Pork
This was my first time using liquid smoke (I have never even heard of such a thing) and it was really good.


All of these recipes and a few others are on my slow cooker Pinterest board. I am always looking for new recipes and I feel like I keep seeing the same ones on Pinterest. If you have one that you love, please share! My hope is to use our slow cooker a couple times a week once school starts again this month.

Eleven Weeks

eleven weeks

This was another big week for our little man.
He has officially been in daycare for a week and is doing well!
We are getting into a routine and I think I can safely say that he is sleeping through the night!
The first time he slept through the night was New Year’s Eve, but it’s been hit or miss since.
By the third day of daycare, he was sleeping 8:00pm – 7:00am.
We are still working on a schedule that works for both of us.
Depending on how late he goes to bed, I have been getting up in the middle of the night to pump.
I know we’ll get there eventually, but I am thrilled that all of his feedings are during the daytime now!

Crosby is definitely learning more about his hands… they are now gravitating to his mouth quite often.
If his paci isn’t in there, his hands are!

The transition back to work was much easier this time around.
As I was reading Kenley’s eleven week post, I remembered that it took me a while to get into the swing of things.
This time, I am at a different job and not commuting an hour each way.
I work closer to home and to the kids’ school and I’m working normal hours, all of which are so much better for us.
Crosby has the same teachers as Kenley did, so I am beyond thrilled about that.
Overall, this week went better than I had thought. It was exhausting, but still good!

hello 2013

As we rang in the new year, I found myself revisiting my New Year goals from this time last year.
I decided then that they were goals, because I don’t like resolutions.
I quickly realized what a different place we are in and how much has changed in just one short year.
The memories of returning to work after maternity leave flooded back to me,
and I was able to breathe a sigh of relief that in this new year, I don’t feel that stress.
The year wasn’t always easy, but to see where we are now, I can safely say, we survived.
A year ago we were still in uncharted territory learning to be Kenley’s parents,
to understand what it means to be working parents, and yet, still be a married couple.

The reason I wanted to look back was to see just how we did with our new year goals.
as well as look forward to 2013 to see what we want to accomplish.

For a quick look back:

(1.) I have gotten back to my pre-pregnancy body (and then some) by running a half marathon,
and mostly by breastfeeding for over 11 months.
I didn’t share much about that journey because I wasn’t sure how to do that (maybe next time?),
but one of the biggest goals of last year was to have Kenley on breast milk for at least a year,
and we most definitely succeeded and it was most definitely a family effort.

(2.) We have also grown our blog over the past year.
I say we because, even though I may do most of the updating, it is really a family effort.
There are many, many nights that Greg was on dinner & dishes duty (for example) so I could sit down to write.
A lot of people ask, how do you do it all? and the answer is that I don’t! Not by any sense of the word.
We have a great system down and I couldn’t do 99% of the stuff I do without his support.
We’ve done a good job of documenting Kenley through her first year & beyond
and our goal is continue to do that, as well as keep friends & family up to speed on our ever-changing girl.
It is definitely fun looking back through posts of the last year and seeing what all we did!

(3.) We did a lot of great updates and projects in our old home,
and I don’t think either of us would have thought that we would be living in a completely different house
at the start of this new year, but we feel really good about how we left our first home,
Kenley’s first home (tear), for the new owners.
And we actually completed some Pinterest projects! Always a good thing.

(4.) I still feel that our church-going habits are a work-in-progress.
There are ups and downs through the year. We will get on a roll with attending,
then have a couple busy weekends in a row and not be able to go.
Finding our place in our church will continue to be a goal for us this coming year.

(5.) I think I deserve a huge pat on the back really learning to let things go.
Having a child has totally helped me be more “go with the flow”
and really not stress out over things that are out of our control.

Looking forward:

(1. ) First and foremost, this year, there will be more Greg and Kendra time.
I’m not sure how that is going to look yet, but it is a priority.
It may just be ‘no technology Tuesdays’ or date nights in, or even date nights out (gasp!),
but something’s going to give. We love being Kenley’s parents more than anything in the world,
but we need to pay more attention to intentionally being husband and wife.

(2.) Now that we have found our house, we need to transform it into our home.
I am very excited about the (forever long) to-do list that we have,
but it will be fun slowly making this new house our own.
Sort of along those lines, I want to also learn more about sewing.
I got a new sewing machine for Christmas (!!) so I am determined to use it properly.
I am planning to make (at least) a quilt this year.

(3.) I need to stop relying on my iPhone to take all my photos this year.
I’ve become way too dependent on it and I have a nice camera that I need to use.
I also have a new lens that I need to learn to use, so there is no time like the present.
Remember (over six months ago) when I gave you Michael & Karolina’s sneak peek?
Yes, I realize, I still need to blog about their session and how much fun it was.
Hopefully, I’ll have a few more to share this year, who knows?
At the very least, I need to start using my camera more,
and while I’m at it, I could stand to get in a few more pictures too.

(4.) Church will still be a goal for us this year.
I understand there will be Sundays that we just don’t make it to church,
but I would like to take advantage of our church podcast service
and still worship, even if it’s not in person.
I don’t want this to be a cop out. I want it to be a secondary option for worshiping.

(5.) Have fun!
Life is short and it’s moving very quickly.
We’re going to enjoy the ride.


What are your new year goals?

How will your 2013 look?

44 weeks :: new schedule, bumps, and bruises

We went from no schedule to a new schedule in a week and we sure are feeling it.

The transition to the new class is going well, we are just adjusting.
Nap time, meal time, play time is all different, plus there are so many new things to explore,
by the time we’re home for the evening, we are dealing with one worn out, tired, cranky baby.
It’s been a struggle to keep her up until after 7pm each night…
enter working mom who feels guilty for only seeing her child for 2-3 hours a day.

You will notice the tears welling up in her eyes. She was not thrilled for the weekly photo,
even after we bribed her with four goldfish.
It doesn’t help that her curiosity is causing some bumps and bruises lately.
Just in the last two days, she has gone face first into her play table,
did a face plant onto the tile floor while crawling,
and opened a cabinet door that hit right below her eye.
Needless to say, there have been a few meltdowns in our household.

On the bright side, busy days equal good night’s sleep, so we’ll take it!




Ten Months!

We have reached double digits people. 10 months.



The biggest change from our nine month update until now is her eating schedule.
I mentioned that her milk intake was dropping a little. Since then, it has dropped a lot.
Everything I have read (and I’ve been reading a lot) says that babies under age one do not typically wean themselves,
so I don’t want to say that she’s self-weaning, but she definitely is drinking less milk.
She also decided that she was done with the bottle…which first started the drop in the milk.
She flat out refused. She would chew on the nipple and then spit out her milk like it was a fun game.
Those of you who have pumped milk  know this is not a fun game.
The nurse and doctor were not concerned since her last weight check was good
and she’s continuing to eat solid food like a champ.
They suggested just trying the sippy cup and we are still working on it.
We’ve tried three different types and two different brands and we have a winner…for now.
I’m still feeding her in the morning and at night, but the other attempts at milk are all from the sippy cup.
She’s eating three to four small solid food meals a day and we are continuing to introduce more foods.
We had a semi-unexpected trip to the doctor on Friday and Kenley weighed in at exactly 20 pounds.


Another fun change since last month is our daily wake up call. We mentioned to our doctor that Kenley was still getting up anywhere from 5am-6am to eat, then going back to sleep. She suggested that we push back this feeding, and we gladly obliged. It really only took two days of us not going in there when she first woke up. She eventually would fall back asleep, then we would feed her the next time she woke up, and was up for good.
At first it was 6am, then it slowly crept later and later. The last couple of days, we haven’t gone into get her until after 7am! Even if she is awake, she is happy as a clam just sitting in there and playing.
Excuse me while I go knock on wood.


Other fun things this month: clapping, waving, talking, and dancing.
This girl loves music. As soon as any of her toys start to make noise, she moves it and shakes it. She’s also adding to her long list of words. We are up to: mama, dada, hi, bye, ball, and uh-oh. She says hi like it’s going out of style. The girl loves to talk and babble.


Kenley starts in a new class tomorrow at school with a new teacher, so I’m sure her schedule will change slightly as we head into a new school year. Also on that note, I’m hoping that our routine at home changes slightly too. The mornings are exceptionally hard getting out of the house at a decent time to beat traffic and get everybody where they need to be on time. Our goal is to start doing more at night, even if all we want to do is sit on the couch. We think this will make our mornings less hectic. Here’s to hoping, right?


It’s no surprise that this little girl is not our cuddly newborn anymore. She’s becoming more independent every day, but with that, it’s so fun to watch her try things out on her own and learn new things.


On that note. Someone took three steps yesterday! Look out world.

Happy 1o month birthday Kenley!