Finley and I have taken the month of October to travel and see family. We have been all over the place. We left Nevada and came to Florida and then turned around a day later and drove to Georgia where we stayed the weekend. We have been in Florida for nearly three weeks and are about to head back to Vegas and the very next day we are driving to California to meet up with my husband, who will be there on business.
It’s been so nice but so busy being back home. We have visited with so many loved ones and I have enjoyed watching Finley’s bond grow with each one. This trip has been filled with so many fun adventures from Georgia, to visiting a pumpkin patch, to helping my little brother get ready for homecoming, and preparing Operation Christmas Child boxes with my dad. It’s these little things I miss so much when I’m not home. (You can learn more about OCC here)
Helping Poppy put together OCC boxes, duh!
Finley has hit a huge developmental growth spurt, if you will. In just the two and a half short weeks I have been here she has learned so many more words and even says 2 phrases. She’s trying so hard to gain her balance because she wants to walk so badly. When she pulls herself up now she barely needs any help to stand and even will let go. Earlier today I walked in the room to her barely leaning her back against the couch and she was just standing there playing with a toy. I almost died. The month of October has flown by. I feel like I haven’t even really been able to enjoy it properly. In just two weeks my sweet girl is going to be 10 months old. I don’t even know how the time has gone so fast.
I have so many ideas and plans for this blog but with my husbands busy hours I’ve hardly had the time. As his hours start to slow down I plan on dedicating more time and energy into growing my small blog. I can’t wait to share more of my journey and hopefully be an encouragement to other women that we are who we are and that we were made perfectly in God’s image. We were all Taylar Made.
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Happy first day of fall! May your days be cooler and your PSL’s never ending.
“I notice that Autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.”
Fall is my favorite time of year. It always brings so many wonderful memories to mind. My first boyfriend, my first kiss, making pumpkin seeds with my dad, carving pumpkins with my siblings, my first football game performance, my first taste of freedom, and when I met my husband to name a few. I think the last one has to be my most favorite memory though. Changing leaves, the smell of apple cinnamon, deep rich colors, pumpkin pie. Oh fall. I’m so happy we meet again each year. Fall gives me all the warm and fuzzies. I love to bake anyway but something about this time of year brings out the baker in me. Now that I’m a mom I absolutely can’t wait to share my favorite recipes with my sweet little co-baker. I must admit I’ve made these cookies a couple times already this year. Even my non-pumpkin loving husband thinks these cookies are the bomb.
My little baking buddy. She never failed to put a puff in her mouth the minute I tried to take a picture. Every. Single. Time.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Yields about 2 dozen.
Start out by combining 1 cup pumpkin, 1 egg, 1/2 cup of oil (I either use vegetable or coconut), and 1 cup of sugar in my Kitchenaide Mixer using the paddle attachment.
Then sift 2 cups of flour with 2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 tsp cinnamon. Add to the pumpkin mixture.
Mix 1 tsp of baking soda and 1 tsp of milk and add to the pumpkin mixture and combine.
Add 1 tsp vanilla and 1 cup chocolate chips. Stir to combine.
Drop by spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees.
Optional ingredient: 1/2 cup walnuts.
These are so good you may or may not be able to eat the entire batch at one time.
Even my sweet girl can’t get enough of these cookies. She screams for a bite every time she sees them on the counter. You’re welcome for your latest fall cookies obsession.
XOXO – Taylar
Frozen Yogurt Covered Cheerios
My tiny little miss is a HUGE eater. I only wish I had her metabolism. I swear at 8 months old she eats more than I do. She will nurse and nurse and take in 6-8 ounces and still eat 2-4 ounces of baby food and other snacks. Plus whenever I eat during the day she has to have some. I love that shes not picky and eats everything. It’s the best. She still doesn’t have any teeth so I have been weary about giving her cheerios but I recently discovered the Pumpkin Spice Cheerios and bought a box. She wanted one so I gave it a shot and now they are her favorite snack. I decided to try something out since I purchased her some baby yogurt and I didn’t know what all to do with it.
I dumped a carton of Stonyfield organic Vanilla baby yogurt and added handfuls of Cheerios until they were all covered and there wasn’t much excess yogurt.
Then I laid wax paper on a cookie sheet and dumped the Cheerios and placed them in the freezer for 20 minutes. Then I popped them off and placed them in a container and back in the freezer.
She loves them. The yogurt made the Cheerios a little more soggy and easier for her to eat. She’s already inhaled half the batch and I just made them Sunday afternoon.
What snacks do you make for your littles? I’m always looking for new recipes to try out for her.
XO – Taylar
August 2016 Faves
Mama and Daddy
Her Molly doll (shout out to me for keeping one of my childhood faves for my future daughter)
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Anything the color red.
VTech Busy Learners Activity Cube
Infantino Match and Store Shape Sorter
Swim class with Finley
Red Queen By Victoria Aveyard
Bachelor in Paradise
Cat and Jack baby line at Target
Victoria’s Secret sweats
Tarte’s Lights Cameras Lashes Mascara
She Reads Truth app
Smart Bottoms Cloth Diapers
Being home (since he travels all the time)
Dollar Shave Club
King of the Hill
Apparently daddy is easy to please!
Sargent’s puppy favorites:
Frosty Paws Treats
Fall is my most favorite time of year. I was born and lived the first six years of my life and all of high school in Indiana and let me tell you, that’s the single thing that makes Indiana bearable. The yellow and orange leaves and the cooler weather. Oh the nostalgia of childhood. I’m so excited for fall this year because this year I am a Mama and I’ll get to share it all with my best girl. She loves being outside whether it’s hot or cold, rain or shine. Her worst day instantly turns into her best day the moment we step outside. Living in the desert it gets into what feels like the 200s during the day and that means we have spent the majority of the summer locked inside the house with AC blasting. Seriously it doesn’t cool off around these parts till like 8-9 pm. Then it’s time to get little miss ready for bed. That’s why I’m so anxious for the first day of fall to finally arrive. I’m even contemplating breaking out the fall decor to get this party going.😉 I’ve put together a little fall bucket list of things I want to do with my sweet little miss this fall.
Finley’s first fall bucket list:
1. Go apple picking. We have an orchard here in town and a girl who loves anything with apples.
2. Make homemade applesauce with said picked apples.
3. Have a Starbucks and park play date so mama can have a Caramel apple spice.
4. Go to the drive-in.
5. Make cinnamon pumpkin cookies.
6. Pumpkin Spice Latte bc duh we are basic.😉
7. Start Christams and 1st birthday shopping!
8. Find and check out a corn maze!
9. Go to a hockey game.
10. Take a small road trip.
That’s it for this little girls first ever fall bucket list. I can’t wait till September 22nd to start checking these things off! As much as I can’t wait for fall to get here I can’t help but be a little sad that this year is flying by. My sweet little girl is EIGHT MONTHS. Shut. The. Front. Door.
What is on your fall bucket list?
The month of fall has finally arrived! I can’t believe we are just 22 days away from the first day of fall. I have so many fun things planned for this month so be sure to follow so you can keep up!