Fab Moms: Lindsay Eidahl of My Creative Days

Happy Friday! I’m excited to introduce you to the next guest blogger in my series, #FabMoms – Lindsay Eidahl of My Creative Days. Lindsay loves finding frugal and creative ways to decorate her home, and create fun crafts or activities to do with her kids. And seriously, how cute are her kids? You can also find My Creative Days on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

My Creative Days

  1. Who calls you mom and what’s his/her/their age?
    Landen (10) and Gabrielle (8)
  2. What do you do? (SAHM, business owner, blogger, full-time/part-time employee, etc.)
    I am a blogger at mycreativedays.com and I also watch children in my home.
  3. What does a typical day look like for you? (And the word typical should be taken with a grain of salt – I know they’re hardly ever typical)
    Run, work, after-school activities, write, read, bed. This sounds so simple and straightforward – they are not always like that, but sometimes they are.
  4. Any advice on how to “juggle it all”?
    You just have to do what you can do. Make your priorities and stick with those. Right now, our schedule is more hectic than it has ever been and I really don’t like having something planned every night, but we are getting through it. Don’t try and keep up with anybody else. You need to do what works best for your family. I like to keep things organized and scheduled which really helps me juggle everything. If I didn’t, everything would be a hot mess!
  5. When was the first time you really felt like a mother?
    From the very first time I held them.
  6. What’s the hardest thing about being a mom?
    Letting go. At every stage they go through, I have a hard time letting go and letting them do more on their own. It is sad when they don’t need mom for certain things anymore.
  7. What’s the most rewarding thing about being a mom?
    The laughter, the hugs, the fingerprints on the wall, the homemade gifts and cards, the kisses, snuggle time…… the list could go on and on.
  8. What’s the funniest/most shocking thing that has happened to you since you’ve become a mom?
    I can’t believe how much I say and do things that my mom did!!!
  9. I wrote a post about “mental snapshots” that I’ll always remember, even without a photo. I know it’s hard to choose one, but what is your favorite moment, or “mental snapshot”, with your little one(s) so far?
    Our family vacation to Disney World a few years ago. We still talk about it today.
  10. What has been your best baby product purchase so far and why? What age is it appropriate for?
    I still use baby wipes for a lot of things. They are great for getting stains out of clothes, taking make-up off in a pinch and for wiping off sticky hands in the car.
  11. What’s something new you have learned about yourself after becoming a mother?
    That I need to work on patience and letting my kids do more for themselves.
  12. What do you do to unwind/relax when you have some rare time to yourself?
    I like to run in the morning when no one else is up. It is the only alone time I get in the day.
  13. What is your favorite outing, to date, with your little one?
    My daughter and I like to get pedicures and my son will ride his bike while I run sometimes in the summer.
  14. I have a running list of Whine & Dine Restaurants that are family friendly in San Diego. What’s your favorite restaurant that you frequent with your baby/kids/family and in what city? Why do you dine out there?
    We don’t dine out that often, but when we do, we keep it simple with places like Panera and a couple of local restaurants in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where we live.
  15. Pretend your best friend is pregnant and about to have a baby. What’s the most important piece of advice you would share about “motherhood” (and assuming she is willing to hear it :))?
    Don’t compare you, your child or your husband to anybody’s elses. Everyone has a different situation and nobody is exactly alike so trying to compare them is like comparing apples to oranges – they just aren’t comparable.

If you know a #FabMom who would be perfect to spotlight in this series (or if you are a Fab Mom yourself) please email: mommyprojectsd@gmail.com – 

Whine & Dine: Kim’s Vietnamese Restaurant, Encinitas

My name is Kristin, and I’m a pho-aholic. There, I said it. I have an undeniable obsession love for Pho and would order it for take-out every night if that was acceptable in life.

That’s why I was extremely excited to find Kim’s Vietnamese Restaurant close by our house in Encinitas. Usually we order take-out from this place about once every other week, but in the spirit of our new vow to eat out more, we decided to dine in with little Miss Blake in tow.

The Low Down:

  • Very friendly service (they LOVED Blake).
  • Restaurant noise level was pretty quiet  with just enough white noise to keep Blake content.
  • The Vietnamese Zodiac Calendars pre-set on the tables were fun – I learned that I’m a Boar: “Noble and chivalrous (I started brushing my shoulders off). Your friends will be life long, yet you are prone to marital strife.” (Umm, what?! – Mike glared at me when I read the last part – haha!). Mike was a Rat: “Smart and honest (sounds about right). Prone to not having lasting friendships.” (Hmm – they really build you up just to cut you right down)!
  • We ordered egg rolls to start (delish!) and I got the Tofu Pho (I’m so predictable) and Mike went with the Chicken Chow Mein. Oh yes, and a glass of vino to bring out all of the flavors. 😉 Everything came out quickly, the food was piping hot and delicious and my water glass was always full (something I always appreciate)!

Pho Encinitas Kim's Restaurant

My Favorite Part:

Blake was awake throughout the whole dinner just peacefully sitting in her little car seat, watching Mike and I talk – so content. She even chimed in on our conversation with her sweet little coo’s every now and then. I just love her.

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Posies (Handmade Pretties)

One of the BEST things about having a daughter is the adorable outfits and accessories you get to dress her up in every day. That’s why I’m OBSESSED with the online etsy shop, Posies (Handmade Pretties). The owner is also a friend with an adorable little girl and another baby on the way (congrats again Danielle)!

When Danielle sent me a package for little Miss Blake, I was so excited because everything in her shop is to die for! Needless to say, I was not disappointed. Check out these adorable “pretties”:

Red Shabby Flower in Christmas Chevron Elastic

This was the perfect complement to Blake’s little Christmas outfits that I had picked out for her – and fit her perfectly! I love the red and green chevron strap.

Posies Handmade Pretties

 

Ivory Flower Headband with Rhinestone Center Newborn Headband

This is my favorite! I love the shabby chic flowers with the bling rhinestone in the middle and the GLITTER band – does this come in my size?

Posies Handmade Pretties

Mini Flower Cluster Headband 

I love this piece because it literally goes with any outfit and adds just the right amount of cuteness.

Posies Handmade Pretties

 

 Mini Chevron Baby Knot Hat

Such a cute chevron beanie with the spunky knot at the top.

Posies Handmade Pretties

 

Light Pink Jersey Knit Knot Headband

So cute and simple and perfect for every day dress up! This one is a staple.

Posies Handmade Pretties

Diaper Keeper

I have to admit, I didn’t know what this was at first (being new to this whole “mom” thing and all), but now I use it all the time! This Diaper Keeper is so convenient to carry a couple diapers, and wipes for a quick change. I always have it in the bottom of my stroller or in my purse.

Posies Handmade Pretties

 

Burp Cloths with Blake’s Embroidered Initials

These are my absolute favorite burp cloths because they’re thick and durable yet girly and pretty. And I love that they have her initials embroidered on the backside – so adorable.

Posies Handmade Pretties

Posies Handmade Pretties

Posies (Handmade Pretties) also offers some adorable accessories for baby boys (I’m obsessed with the bow ties)!

Check out these items and more “pretties” on Etsy here, and on Facebook here.

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