Apple Watch Unboxing and First Thoughts

A bit earlier this year, I started considering getting an Apple Watch and researching their benefits and drawbacks.  The tech world can be so confusing sometimes as one expert says that it’s a total miss and another says that they use it every day and love it, am I right?  In the end, I decided to go ahead with getting one in the hopes that it would make our everyday lives go a little more smoothly.  I almost always have my phone right beside me in case I need to be reached during the day. While I realize that this is overkill for some people, we have some family members who have had health issues and I like to be available in case, Heaven forbid, there are any emergencies that come up. I don’t always love toting my phone everywhere I go though. Carrying it around the house seems a bit too much for me while I’m playing with my little girl or handling chores. Having the phone out while we are at playgroup is not my preference either. I loved the idea that I could easily see text messages and even receive phone calls on my wrist with the Apple Watch and ultimately that is what sold me. 

As with all Apple products, the packaging is top notch and sets you up for a wonderful feeling watch. It feels substantial in your hands and on your wrist. I ended up purchasing the aluminum watch in part because I have been eying some pretty yellow bands and I just can’t picture them working with the beautiful rose gold watch. I have some concerns that the white watch band will get dye stains on it from clothing or other items given it’s silicone feel.  I’ll be interested to see how it holds up with use. 

The startup for the watch was a breeze and very intuitive, as most Apple products are. Right away, I loved checking out the different watch faces. My daughter will definitely love the Mickey and Minnie options! I love that I can have custom photo watch faces also. 

As I look around at the apps on my watch, I’m certain that Apple must work on the format of the apps page in the future. It’s not terrible, but it’s certainly not what I would call a “good” format. I do like the dock where you can pin frequently used apps for quick access. I’m always appreciative of any personalization options available. 

All in all, the Apple Watch feels great and is fun to play around with as I check out the features. I’m looking forward to giving it a try and seeing if it’s a good fit for my life as a stay at home mom. I’ll be checking back in with you in a couple of weeks to let you know how it goes! 

Disney World First Haircut Review

It was a year ago this week that we went to Disney for the first time as a family. My uncle planned a group trip that we joined in on and, while I was very nervous about taking a 17 month old to Disney, it was a wonderful trip! 

I was talking with a friend who is a Disney expert before we left and she asked if we were going to get our little girl’s haircut while we were there. I believe my reaction was something “At Disney?! Huh??” She explained that Disney had a barber shop on Main Street where haircuts actually happened and that you could get a kid’s first haircut there. I didn’t have plans to get our little one’s haircut at that point, but days later the thought was still spinning in my head. I’m a sucker for a memorable moment with my little one and this seemed like an awesome one. 

After chatting with my hubby and the others that we were traveling with (who were all so sweet and said they would be excited to watch her get her haircut also), I called and scheduled a first haircut appointment for my little gal on the day we had planned to be in the Magic Kingdom. I was also informed that since we had the Disney PhotoPass as part of our vacation, a professional photographer would come to the barber shop if we asked and take pictures of her haircut. I was so excited that we were going to have professional photos of her first haircut and that we could focus fully on enjoying the experience without having to catch the photos ourselves!

Naps didn’t go as hoped (but did go as expected) on our trip and by the third day when we were headed to the Magic Kingdom, I was really unsure how the haircut was going to go. Little gal wasn’t cranky, but wasn’t having as happy of a morning as we would have hoped. About an hour before her appointment, she fell asleep in her stroller, which was both a happy time but also caused me apprehension because we would have to wake her up for her appointment. We woke her up right when they called us in and she was still in a bit of a daze when we sat her in the booster seat. The wonderful lady who cut her hair, Diane, got to work right away, giving me a toy and covering her in Mickey stickers. Our little gal lit up at the stickers and was in a pleasant mood throughout the entire haircut. Diane did a great job and I was so happy that her first haircut was a positive experience for us all and that the photographer did a great job capturing it for us. 

In addition to the haircut, we got a locket of her hair to take home, plenty of pixie dust, a certificate, and a “first haircut” set of mouse ears. So adorable! If you’re on the fence about scheduling a first haircut while you’re at Disney, it’s definitely something you should go for! Such a sweet and memorable time. Worth the small financial and time investment for sure!

My March Favorites

 

Here are some of the things I really loved using last month! 

 

    • Noosa Yoghurt – We got a sample of this at a local grocery store and I fell in love. I’m super picky about my yogurt, but Noosa is a sweet and creamy yogurt, unlike any I’ve tried before. I’ve only tried about half of the flavors so far, but I’m a big fan! 

 

    • Yeti Rambler – My sweet hubby got this for me as a birthday gift last year and I really love using it! It feels great to use – the outside doesn’t get cold or sweaty – and keeps drinks cold for a very long time – I’ve had it keep ice in my cup overnight!  I love how cold drinks get in my Yeti. Definitely helps me keep drinking more water! 

 

    • Vintage Pewter Oak Pergo Outlast Laminate Floors – We recently had some of our flooring changed from carpet to Pergo’s laminate flooring. I love the look and feel our new floors! Makes our home feel so much more luxurious than it did before!

 

    • Refuse to Choose by Barbara Sher – I found this book after falling down the internet rabbit hole searching for information on being a multipotentialite.  What I really love about this book is how Barbara gives really actionable advice of having multiple interests and passions, something I’ve never really been able to find elsewhere. I am finally starting to feel more comfortable knowing that God made me with many different interests and that I shouldn’t try to fight that in my life. 

 

    • Smashmallow Marshmallows – I picked these up on a whim during a recent shopping trip (I’ve tried the Root Beer Float flavor).  These marshmallow treats are really tasty and a little bit goes a long way to curb my sweet treat cravings. 

What were some of your favorites from the last month? Have you tried any of my favorites? Let me know in the comments below! 

Book Bites – Minimize the Mess (with Giveaway!)

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I am so very excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for the book Minimize The Mess! I wish you could see my copy of this book. Nearly every page has a highlight and notes in the margin. There is so much great information tucked away for simplifying your home in this lovely book. 

Since I became a work-at-home mom, my sensitivity to clutter and mess in our home has increased. While I was already on a quest to find the best way to optimize our smallish home and declutter our lives, being at home more is definitely pushing me to work on this more. Reading this book could not have come at a better time! 

While not all of the information in this book is new to me, I found the information that Rachel shared wonderfully packaged to help me think through application for my home. There is prodding to really examine your home and life and the motivation behind the mess, but it is done with the spirit of a trusted and understanding friend.  Not only will you be encouraged to work on the current state of your home, you’ll find ways to change the way you think about what comes into your home in the future – the true key to keeping your home the way you want. 

Want to join me in minimizing the mess in your home? You can get your own copy of Minimize the Mess for only $2.99 (what a deal!) from Rachel’s site or from Amazon. If you’re purchasing from Rachel’s site she is offering a 25% discount with the coupon code launch.

Rachel has been so kind as to offer a free copy of Minimize the Mess to one Aforementioned Thoughts reader! You can enter through the Rafflecopter below. 

 
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I received a copy of Minimize the Mess for free to review for you. My thoughts and opinions are all my own. 

Three Fun Things to Do When You Find Out You’re Pregnant

As soon as you find out your pregnant, it feels like the onslaught happens. You start to see articles everywhere about getting ready for baby. People start sharing their advice for you. And the moment you purchase your first baby item you start to get all sort of targeted mailers about pregnancy (despite my marketing degree, I’m still not sure exactly how this happens even if you don’t give your address, but it seems to). So I’m not sharing about what “they” say you should do when you find you’re pregnant. I’m sharing a few fun things that I did early in my pregnancy that I’m glad I decided to do.

 

1. Sign up for a mailing list (or two), but make sure they align with what you want to know.
I promised myself (and the Hubby) that I would work hard to avoid as much as I could about scary pregnancy stories. I deal with hypochondria (and overactive imagination) in my mind and knew it would not be helpful to anyone in my family if I got worked up over the worst case scenarios.  I limited my weekly readings to a mailing list that focused on my baby’s development (My Pregnancy This Week from BabyCenter), a clever book my mom found at a yard sale (The Pregnancy Countdown Book), and the wonderful and funny mailing list that almost always shares something I’m going through that week (Alpha Mom Pregnancy Calendar).  It’s really fun reading each week about what is going on in my body and I’ve found in surprisingly comforting when the information I’ve read matches up with what I have experienced (Oh you mean that heartburn I’m feeling is right on time? Good to know!).

 

2. Start noting down at least a few things going on with you to look back on.
I haven’t gone crazy recording down every little thing in my pregnancy,  but I have tried to note down the big things (like the first time Daddy felt her kick and when we announced her name to the world).  I also started doing weekly bump photos at about 11 weeks. I started a digital baby book in Evernote (more on that later) where I’ve been saving everything. I hope to put some of these notes together to print out in a legit baby book sometime but at least I have them saved for now. Even though she’s not here just yet it’s amazing how far away some of the things from the beginning of my pregnancy feels and it’s fun to be able to go back and look at those things now.

 

3. Figure out how you want to share what’s going on with your framily. 
It’s hard to keep track of who you have shared what with. There are a lot of of great options for sharing your updates and photos and it can be a tough decision.


After much consideration we decided we would share via a private Google+ page. No matter what way you decide to share with your close people, go ahead and start sharing those fun updates and photos. Those who are interested will love it and it. It will give you a great way to connect with those people.