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Nursery Reveal!

Still alive and chugging along. I'm just about 40 weeks and we are literally just waiting on baby Lampley to make his appearance. I can't wait to see him & kiss his little cheeks!

The nursery is almost finished and my 8-paged "everything we must do before baby gets here" list has everything checked off that Lew reminded me was actually important (those who know me well won't be surprised that my list was a little dramatic...color coordinate everyone's sock drawer? What the heck does that have to do with baby?? Thank God for Lewis--he always finds the balance).

London's old room was completely transformed into this little Lion's Den that he and his little brother will share. I wanted something bright, simple & masculine. I'm loving all things neutral right now & I like that this room can be changed easily as they grow.

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The nurses' thank you gifts are finished and as of yesterday, all of our bags are packed & ready for the hospital. Jordan is so excited for his newest little brother to arrive. Last night he said, "Mommy, it's going to be hard-work handling three of us Lampley boys so if you need me to be in charge of the other two just let me know." haha! He really is the most thoughtful eight-year old I know.

Thank you all for your well wishes & sweet comments. Hope to be back soon sharing the news of our third boy's arrival! :)



London is on the move!

I haven't yet come to terms with the fact that London is walking. I've been in complete denial that he is no longer a baby and entering toddlerhood. But now that most of our days are spent chasing him around the house, or keeping him from throwing things around the grocery store, I'm starting to realize that toddlerhood is really here. And so far, it's as bad crazy as everyone said it would be!

He's happiest outside where he's free to roam around & can bounce and throw his basketball. He loves to run (mostly away from me) which seems to have started the moment he realized he could walk. Grocery shopping with London is now the most exhausting responsibility I have as a parent. (I've added "grocery shopping: 4000 calories" into my fitness app as exercise on several occasions). 

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From mad dashes towards the stairs, to knocking down a stand of chips onto a woman at the grocery store (so sorry lady!..and Publix!), letting him down to "walk" gives me anxiety. But it's still fun to watch him explore & you can tell it makes him happy to be in the midst of action.

Does anyone else find trips to the store with a toddler insanely exhausting? :)



DIY Manicure

Let's be real here. I am the worst nail painter in all of the world. It takes me forever to paint my nails, and they are quickly destroyed after 5 minutes because I'm too impatient to wait for them to dry completely.  I love a good manicure at the salon, but even that hasn't happened much lately because as a mom, I can think of a million other things I ought to be doing that takes precedence over sitting at a nail salon for 2 hours.

To offset my frustrations my friend mailed me a sample of Jamberry nails to try out. They've become really popular so I was curious to see what all the hype was about. I've tried other nail polish strips before, but within 24 hours my nails have always chipped. What I've found to be different with Jamberry nails is that you use heat during the application process to seal the wrap onto your nail. This small step seems to make a huge difference. 

My manicure took 20 minutes after I watched this Youtube video on how to apply them. (I totally tried to apply them without instructions at first and messed up!) There was no dry time, they last for two whole weeks, they are safe on your nails & completely baby proof; in case your kid is like mine and enjoys gnawing on your fingers. Lew was even impressed with how quickly I got dressed and did my nails before we left the house. This never happens! ;)


I'm wearing the Lotus pattern which came out so cute! They have a ton of designs to choose from. One sheet has 18 individual wraps so you end up with 2-3 applications after you cut them in half. You can browse through Jamberry's entire collection here. Or if you have any questions feel free to email my friend Genesis at genesisjbeasley@gmail.com. You can also order directly from her website here and they will be sent right to you! I can't wait to get the patterns I just picked out for fall :)



Jordan turns 8!

After Jordan's Super Seven blowout last year we planned on doing something much more low key to celebrate his 8th birthday. But with all the friends and family that wanted to come and celebrate Jordan, we decided to throw an impromptu party here at our home. The theme? An oldie, but goodie- TMNT!

As the remake of the classic movie TMNT swept the nation, Jordan fell in love with one of his Dad's favorite childhood memories. For weeks he has dominated dinner table conversations with what often became spirited debates over which turtle is the best, and why. Who has the best weapons; coolest personality. Needless to say, this just felt right!

Jordan's magnetic enthusiasm over these turtles had me oOzIng with ideas when it came time to plan the party. We had pizza (a turtle favorite!), sewer dirt (a yummy, chocolate Oreo pudding), and ninja fruit & veggie trays.

All of the young turtles fought crime in the jump house, had splash wars in the pool, played ninja frisbee on the lawn, and ate way too much sugar for for a group of adolescent superheroes.

Jay beamed all weekend! We all are so proud of this amazing 8 year old!

Happy Birthday Jordan!!!

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London's 1st Birthday

I cannot believe London is already one years old! (It seems like I just wrote this.) To celebrate, we had a first birthday party with family and friends. I decided on a theme reflecting two of London's favorite things--milk & cookies. And then maybe I went a little overboard. But it was all so much fun!!
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Back to School

I cannot believe school started today! Where has this Summer gone?! I don't think we got enough pool, park or play time and I'm pretty sure I'm the least ready to get back into a 6am routine. 

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In celebration of back to school, Jordan and I thought it'd be a fun idea to surprise his teacher with a delicious "cake" full of school supplies. Some of the items on his teacher's wish list included: pencils, crayons, glue, notebooks, paper towels, and hand sanitizer. I've heard of many teachers spending some of their own money to purchase items for their class. This was a simple, yet creative way to donate extra supplies to show our appreciation. 

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Happy Back to School! :)



A cake made with love

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We're right in the middle of Celebration Season.

You know, the four months spanning from the second week in June, to the last week of September that contain Lew's birthday, my dad's birthday, my father-in-laws birthday, London's birthday, Jordan's birthday, our anniversary, and a whole lot of cake!

Yesterday just so happened to be my next door neighbor & close friend's birthday. We had a girls night in and I made this yellow butter cake to celebrate her special day. It turned out so well we ate the entire thing. Don't judge us.

The filling was light, airy and not too sweet. The cake was moist, and the fruit garnish made it the perfect summer treat. It was very simple to make & my friend said she could literally taste the love. Delicious and easy? Yes, I will definitely be making this one again soon! If you've ever had the Dessert Rosa at Carrabba's (yummy!!!)- this cake reminds me so much of it!

I used this recipe for the cake and baked it in one 6-inch and one 9-inch round. I halved both cakes, then frosted the inside with:

1 8oz Cool Whip
1 can crushed pineapple (drained)
1 3.5oz vanilla pudding mix
1 cup milk

Just mix it all together and stick it in the fridge for 45 minutes or so to let it thicken up. Then spread the goodness all over! And if you have any filling left, you can totally use it as fruit dip like I did. Guilty. Top with fruit (we had berries on hand, but I'm thinking bananas or even peaches next time) and enjoy!

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