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12 Months of Tommy

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Tommy turned one year old on July 11, 2018. The measurements at the doctor for his one-year checkup the week following his birthday came in at 19 pounds and 15.7 ounces and 29 inches long, putting him in the 27th percentile for weight and the 17th percentile for height. His head measured 18 inches circumference.

Tommy’s biggest milestone this past month has been pulling himself up and cruising around the furniture independently. While not taking independent steps yet, he is so confident holding himself upright, which has made him seem a lot taller. He actually didn’t grow in height this past month, but his confidence in standing has played a big role. He loves to pull himself up on anything and everything and cruise all around the room. Tommy is starting to take a few steps with someone holding his hands and use his sit/stand walker toy independently. When he crawls, he still prefers an army-style crawl and is very quick at it.

Tommy at the Water Table July 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Tommy’s other biggest milestone this past month was officially finishing his helmet therapy. I still can’t believe that the helmet made such a big difference in such a short amount of time. Officially, Tommy wore the helmet for four months. In reality, Tommy wore the helmet for about three and a half months because it just got too hot to keep it on in July. He still made some growth progress between his 11-month checkup and 12-month checkup, putting him within a few decimal points of his end growth milestone. Now that he’s so mobile and is often sleeping on his side or stomach (sometimes with his butt up in the air, the best), he may get a little more growth over the next month or two, even without the helmet.

Just a day or two before Tommy’s first birthday, he started cutting his first tooth. After so many months of no teeth, we had given up watching for signs of teething and didn’t really believe it until we could feel a tooth. As Tommy is a super chill guy who doesn’t get bothered by much, he’s managed okay with teething. It hasn’t been fun, but it hasn’t been a total nightmare either.

Tommy with Grandpa July 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Tommy is eating more solid food and getting ready to transition from formula to whole milk, which means we’ve been weaning off the formula slightly. In true toddler form, some days he wants to eat all the solid food and is fine with three 5-6 oz bottles. Other days, he has very little interest in eating and wants 7-ounce bottles every 3-4 hours. He does best with water from a sippy cup, as he’s always a little upset that there’s water instead of formula in a bottle. He is starting to be able to hold his sippy cup up independently. He seems to have more patience learning to hold up the sippy cup than the bottle, as he’s not really hungry when he’s getting a drink of water.

Tommy has done great trying new foods and basically never flat out refuses food that we put in front of him. His favorite baby food is Gerber baby puffs, especially the cheddar cheese flavor. Favorite regular foods have included buttered toast, peanut butter sandwiches, grapes, cherries, lasagna, pulled pork, and Mexican food (shredded chicken from tacos, tortilla pieces, rice). Tommy has had a few desserts, including cake/cupcakes and whipped cream, all of which he’s really enjoyed.

Tommy at the Water Table July 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Tommy is primarily wearing 12-month clothing right now. There are still a few 9-month and 9-12-month clothes in the mix, which he’s quickly outgrowing. He’s wearing size 3 diapers and size 4 shoes.

The nighttime routine has become more challenging as Tommy has transitioned into toddlerhood. Unless he’s had a really busy day and is exhausted in the evening, he has zero interest in going to sleep before 11:30/midnight. Most nights, we get him ready for bed by 10:00/10:30 p.m., and he hangs out in his toddler rocking chair in our room, watching TV with us, for a half hour or hour. Sometimes he does fall asleep on his own, and we can transfer him into his crib fairly smoothly. Other nights he still has zero interest in going to sleep, even after a few TV episodes. When this happens, sometimes Jake will rock with him in the big rocking chair in his room to help him transition.

A lot of people have asked about the Fourth of July, and I don’t have any pictures from it this year. My mom’s mom/Tommy’s great-grandma suffered her second stroke in five months the week before the 4th. While Jake was working on the morning of the 4th, my immediate family, Tommy, and I had what ended up being our last visit with her. She passed away within 48 hours of that visit. Her funeral is later this week. The afternoon of the 4th, after getting home, we went straight to a couple different parties in the neighborhood.

Shakespeare To Bee or Not To Bee Summer Floral Show at the Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

This past month, we went to the summer floral show at the Domes.

Family July 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

It has been a hot summer already, which has meant lots of morning trips to the park, evening walks around the neighborhood and to the nearby lighthouse, and tons of time in the backyard, enjoying the new patio and water table.

Baby Brookelynn with Tommy July 2018 | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Tommy’s first cousin, Brookelynn, arrived a couple of weeks earlier than expected. Everyone is doing well. The two cousins have birthdays the same week (joining three other family birthdays that week).

Tommy 1st Birthday Smash Cake Eating | http://www.roseclearfield.com

The week following Tommy’s birthday, the three of us went to the Wisconsin Dells for a couple of days and then hosted a party at our house for about 30 family members and friends. I’ll have a separate birthday festivities post later this month.

To see all of my past Tommy updates, head to the Family section of the blog.

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Raspberry Peach Coconut Smoothie

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I officially have a new favorite smoothie fruit combination: raspberry peach! I have no idea why it took me so long to start pairing these fruits. A raspberry peach coconut smoothie should have been a thing in my house ages ago. But here we are now, and it’s amazing.

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Peach is my base ingredient for smoothies the way most banana is for most people. (I can’t stand banana, so that doesn’t happen. Ever.) Peach has a great flavor that combines well with lots of other fruit (mango) or serves as a base to let another fruit flavor shine (raspberry). It’s so versatile. While I love using fresh peaches for smoothies whenever possible, frozen peaches are delicious in smoothies, too, and always work perfectly in a pinch. Frozen raspberries do as well, but fresh raspberries are so much better.

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There is something about the raspberry and peach combination that is so smooth. I realize that’s a ridiculous adjective to use for a smoothie, but I’m not sure how else to describe it. I’m not a big fruit eater (I know) and am much pickier about fruits than vegetables, especially fruit combinations. I think that a lot of fruit combinations have weird hints of flavor or funny textures in smoothies. I don’t experience that at all with a raspberry peach coconut smoothie.

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While I did switch up the fruit combination from one of my standards, I still had to include coconut. If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I’m crazy about all things coconut, both savory and sweet. Shockingly, I went for a subtle coconut flavor in the raspberry peach coconut smoothie with just the coconut water. Raspberry is such a strong flavor that you get the slightest hint of coconut.

Raspberry Peach Coconut Smoothie | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Of course, you can (and should) think about adding a little shredded coconut, too. I’m not the only person who always has an open bag of shredded coconut in the pantry that I use purely for smoothies, right? If you don’t want to add pure sugar to your smoothie, sweetened shredded coconut is a great way to boost the sweet factor slightly.

Raspberry Peach Coconut Smoothie | http://www.roseclearfield.com

I’m probably going to get hate mail or just some general negativity for the fact that I use pure white sugar in my raspberry peach coconut smoothie (and basically every other smoothie where I want to boost the sweet factor slightly without using sweetened shredded coconut). I don’t understand the need to hate on white sugar these days. It is hilarious to me how many people think sugar substitutes are so much better or that a recipe is inheriently healthier because it contains a ton of honey or maple syrup but no white sugar. I like the taste of white sugar in smoothies. I add less than a teaspoon to a large serving. It isn’t going to hurt me.

Raspberry Peach Coconut Smoothie | http://www.roseclearfield.com

I kept my raspberry peach coconut smoothie really simple. If you want to boost the nutrients or texture a bit, there are so many fun ingredient options. Just a few of my go-to ingredient add-ins for smoothies include flaxseed, hemp hearts, and chia seeds.

Raspberry Peach Coconut Smoothie | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Finally, when I talk about smoothies, I always like to mention the fact that I love making smoothies with an immersion blender. You don’t get the crazy smooth texture that you do with a high-end blender, I know. But it’s so quick and easy for small-batch smoothies, and I think that the texture is still plenty smooth. Immersion blenders are also so affordable. Maybe someday I’ll splurge on a high-end blender, but I have a tough time justifying that price point right now.

Go pick up an immersion blender, so you can make this raspberry peach coconut smoothie recipe ASAP.

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Prep Time 5 minutes
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  • 3-4 oz fresh raspberries
  • 1 fresh peach chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk skim, 2%, soy, almond...any kind will work!
  • 1/2 cup coconut water I like Bai Molokai Coconut for this recipe
  • sugar to taste
Course Drinks
Prep Time 5 minutes
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1 large or 2 small servings
Ingredients
  • 3-4 oz fresh raspberries
  • 1 fresh peach chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk skim, 2%, soy, almond...any kind will work!
  • 1/2 cup coconut water I like Bai Molokai Coconut for this recipe
  • sugar to taste
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  1. Put the freshly washed and chopped fruit, milk, coconut water, and sugar in your blender or immersion blender cup. Blend until creamy and smooth. Pour into glasses. Serve immediately.
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I have only tested this recipe with fresh raspberries and peaches. You may want to adjust the quantities of fruit or liquid slightly with frozen fruit.

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I did not plan to work on a new smoothie recipe right before I got what will hopefully be my last (or next to last) set of braces wires. But it worked out that way. (The appointment is two days after this post goes live.) The last set of new wires for both top and bottom was a doozy, so I’ll most likely be in for a week of smoothies for breakfast. I know that you’re all dying to know how my braces journey is going. I’ll have another update later this month.

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Did you make the raspberry peach coconut smoothie?

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More smoothie recipes:

Tropical Green Smoothie with Pineapple, Mango, and Coconut | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Tropical Green Smoothie with Pineapple, Mango, and Coconut

Pineapple and Mango Coconut Smoothie | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Pineapple Mango Coconut Smoothie

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Shakespeare To Bee or Not To Bee Summer Floral Show at the Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

The Domes enjoyed the spring Shakespeare theme so much that they decided to create a Shakespeare theme for summer as well. The show has a similar layout but different quotes and corresponding floral displays for summer, including roses (Romeo and Juliet), lilies (Henry VIII), and marigolds (A Winter’s Tale and Cymbeline). Of course, in keeping with the title of the show, there’s a cute bee feature as well. As always, their floral displays are stunning. I love that they kept the gazebo up for the summer show.

Shakespeare To Bee or Not To Bee Summer Floral Show at the Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Shakespeare To Bee or Not To Bee Summer Floral Show at the Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Shakespeare To Bee or Not To Bee Summer Floral Show at the Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Shakespeare To Bee or Not To Bee Summer Floral Show at the Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Shakespeare To Bee or Not To Bee Summer Floral Show at the Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Shakespeare To Bee or Not To Bee Summer Floral Show at the Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Shakespeare To Bee or Not To Bee Summer Floral Show at the Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Shakespeare To Bee or Not To Bee Summer Floral Show at the Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Shakespeare To Bee or Not To Bee Summer Floral Show at the Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Shakespeare To Bee or Not To Bee Summer Floral Show at the Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Shakespeare To Bee or Not To Bee Summer Floral Show at the Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Shakespeare To Bee or Not To Bee Summer Floral Show at the Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Shakespeare To Bee or Not To Bee Summer Floral Show at the Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Shakespeare To Bee or Not To Bee Summer Floral Show at the Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Shakespeare To Bee or Not To Bee Summer Floral Show at the Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Shakespeare To Bee or Not To Bee Summer Floral Show at the Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

While we were at the Domes, we got a few peeks of the doves in the Desert Dome.

Shakespeare To Bee or Not To Bee Summer Floral Show at the Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

As a general rule, I don’t take a lot of pictures in the Desert or Tropical Domes because I have about a zillion from my early DSLR days. (The doves are an exception because they’ve only been there a couple of years.) There are a lot of birds that live in the Tropical Dome, but I’ve rarely seen one up close. This little guy posed for a long time while we were watching the fish and the waterfall.

Shakespeare To Bee or Not To Bee Summer Floral Show at the Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

As always, I had to get a few pictures of Tommy, too.

Shakespeare To Bee or Not To Bee Summer Floral Show at the Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Shakespeare To Bee or Not To Bee Summer Floral Show at the Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Shakespeare To Bee or Not To Bee runs from June 2 through September 9, 2018. If you haven’t gotten your fix of dinosaurs at the zoo yet this summer , visit the dinosaurs at the Domes! In addition to the Shakespeare show, the Domes has a Dinos Under Glass exhibit up in the Tropical and Desert Domes through October 21.

The Mitchell Park Domes are always free on Monday mornings from 9:00 a.m.-noon except major holidays for Milwaukee County residents. Consult the website for more details about current hours, admission, and upcoming special events.

Check out past Mitchell Park Domes special exhibits!
For more local happenings, visit the Milwaukee section of my blog.

Shakespeare in Love Spring Floral Show at the Mitchell Park Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Shakespeare in Love Spring Floral Show at the Domes

Railroad to Wonderland Garden Train Show at the Domes | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Railroad to Wonderland Garden Train Show at the Domes

Mitchell Park Domes Flower Power Fall Floral Show | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Flower Power Fall Floral Show at the Domes

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DIY Faux Greenery Wreath

DIY Faux Greenery Wreath | http://www.roseclearfield.com

I finally made my own front door wreath! How did it take me until 2018 to make a wreath? One, I’m super picky about wreaths. I think that there are a lot of really weird wreath ideas out there and then just a lot of wreaths that aren’t my style. Two, florals aren’t my thing. I do all right decorating with faux flowers, but I know very little about gardening and tend to steer clear of it as much as possible. This year I got it together to make a DIY faux greenery wreath and could not be happier with the results. If I can make this wreath with no floral arranging experience, you can make it, too!

DIY Faux Greenery Wreath | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Obviously, if you’re checking out my DIY faux greenery wreath post right after I wrote it, you know that I made it for summer. But it’s an ideal piece for spring or summer. Depending on your decor style/decorating preferences, you can even leave it up for both seasons. Most likely next year this is what I’ll do. I love the all green aesthetic because it’s fitting for warm weather and coordinates seamlessly with such a wide range of decor pieces. Switch up your other seasonal decor, and no one will even notice that you’re still rocking the same wreath.

DIY Faux Greenery Wreath | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Supplies:

  • One twig wreath base. (My wreath measures 18″ in diameter.)
  • Assorted faux greenery. I’ve linked one example for you. I bought about eight different types, which was more than enough for my wreath.
  • Wire cutters. I used a pair of jewelry wire cutters. You don’t need heavy-duty wire cutters for this DIY project.
  • Hot glue gun and glue stick.  One glue stick is more than enough for this project.
  • Optional: floral protectant spray. I used Krylon Ultra UV floral protectant.

You can purchase all of the supplies that you need to make the DIY faux greenery wreath at Michaels! I already owned some of the supplies, like the glue gun. But I picked up the wreath base and all of the greenery in a single trip.

DIY Faux Greenery Wreath | http://www.roseclearfield.com

A few tips:

  • Take your time selecting your greenery. When you’re at Michaels or the store of your choosing, don’t rush the process of choosing greenery. Browse the selection and then start gathering pieces, considering which ones will work best together. It may take some trial and error to determine the best combination.
  • Arrange your greenery before getting out the hot glue gun. Unless you have mad floral arranging skills and you’re confident in your arranging abilities right from the start (which I’m definitely not), I recommend arranging your stems and making tweaks as needed before gluing them in place.
  • Start with the largest greenery and work your way up to the smaller pieces. There is no one correct way to create a DIY faux greenery wreath. But it tends to go most smoothly working from largest to smallest.
  • Strive to fill up the wreath, but don’t stress about covering every last twig. As long as most of the wreath is covered, it will look full and lush.
  • Aim for a medium amount of glue. You don’t want to skimp on the glue, but you don’t want large blobs of glue either.
  • Please use wire cutters, not scissors. Scissors work, but it’s not a fun or pretty process using them to snip floral wire. Get the right tool for the job.

DIY Faux Greenery Wreath | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Creating a DIY faux greenery wreath layer

The basic process for creating a layer of the DIY faux greenery wreath is as follows.

  • Select the greenery you want to use for a particular layer.
  • Use your wire cutters to snip off leaves or blooms carefully. Leave enough stem that you can weave it in the twigs but not too much that it will poke out of the back of the wreath.
  • Arrange the greenery on the wreath. Adjust as needed until you’re happy with the arrangement.
  • Use the hot glue gun to secure the greenery.

Step by step process for the DIY faux greenery wreath

In the following photos, I take you step by step through my layers progression to create my DIY faux greenery wreath. Obviously, unless you choose the exact same greenery as me, your steps won’t look exactly the same. I hope that my process will help you decide on the order for adding your greenery to create a beautiful wreath.

DIY Faux Greenery Wreath | http://www.roseclearfield.com

DIY Faux Greenery Wreath | http://www.roseclearfield.com

DIY Faux Greenery Wreath | http://www.roseclearfield.com

DIY Faux Greenery Wreath | http://www.roseclearfield.com

As hot glue dries very quickly, there’s no need to wait in between layers. As soon as you’ve finished one layer, you can move onto the next.

DIY Faux Greenery Wreath | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Once you’ve finished your DIY faux greenery wreath, you may wish to give it a couple of coats of floral protectant spray to preserve it. I picked up my spray in the floral department at Michaels. Make sure to follow the directions on the can.

Now you’re ready to hang up your wreath! I choose to hang my wreath on the front door. It would also look great in an entryway, kitchen, or living room.

DIY Faux Greenery Wreath | http://www.roseclearfield.com

DIY Faux Greenery Wreath | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Did you make the DIY faux greenery wreath?

I want to see it! Tag your DIY images #RoseClearfield on Twitter or Facebook.

DIY Faux Greenery Wreath | http://www.roseclearfield.com

More summer decor resources:

Free Summer Printables | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Free Summer Printables

Summer Mason Jar Decor | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Summer Mason Jar Decor

$10 and Under Summer Throw Pillows on Amazon | http://www.roseclearfield.com

$10 and Under Summer Throw Pillows on Amazon

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Women's One-Piece Swimsuits - $50 and Under! | http://www.roseclearfield.com

I’m not going to lie: having a kid has been a huge motivation to update my swimsuit collection. I’ve bought exactly one new swimsuit in the past decade. While I don’t get to the pool much these days (obviously, right?), this still seems ridiculous. With a few vacations on the calendar and a lot of backyard pool time on the horizon, I picked up a few new women’s one-piece swimsuits.

I am super picky about swimsuits and don’t want anything low-cut or revealing, which is nearly impossible to find anywhere. I love two-piece suits. The one swimsuit I bought a couple of years ago is a two-piece, and I couldn’t be happier with it. But I decided as a mom in my mid-30s (still getting used to saying both of those things), women’s one-piece swimsuits were the way to go this year.

So I’m talking about the swimsuits I bought (#1 and #2 on the list) and a few of my other favorite women’s one-piece swimsuits, too! All of the suits I’ve highlighted are $50 and under. I don’t like spending a lot of money on clothes and believe that you shouldn’t ever have to spend more than $50 to get an attractive swimsuit that you love.

1. Shirred – Black. Black is classic. Swimwear is no exception. This swimsuit is available in olive green, too. But I like the shirring a lot better on the black. It adds just the right amount of detail to this timeless swimsuit style.

2. Polka Dot Pleat Front – Navy. I am a huge sucker for polka dots. Navy/white is great color pairing that will never go out of style. The cut is so simple and flattering with a nice open back and criss-crossed straps.

3. Tropical Tribal Padded Knot Front Monokini. Kristy posted about this swimsuit a couple of years ago. It’s still available and still so cute. You can’t beat the price either. There are a couple of other styles available as well.

4. Square Neck – Orange. I am always wary of trends, but square necks are so flattering and a great option to have in your wardrobe. There are almost no sizes left in this style except for orange. It’s a nice shade for ladies who want a bold suit.

5. Cut-Out – Spruce Mountain. Similar to the tropical tribal suit, this cut-out design offers visual interest and leaves some bare skin without being low-cut. I love the green shade I’ve linked, but it comes in a few other options, too, including floral.

6. Racerback Spliced – Black. I’m in awe that this Nike women’s one-piece is under $50. I have owned a few Nike swimsuits over the years and wear a lot of their athletic clothing, all of which holds up really well. If you’re looking for a very simple suit in classic black, this is a great option.

7. Embroidery – Black. A one-piece swimsuit in black with beautiful embroidery that you can put in the washing machine? This concept seems way too good to be true. But it’s not! I love the embroidery detail so much.

8. Leaf-Patterned with a Lacing Back. I can’t resisit a leaf pattern. Pink/green is a great combination. The lacing back adds such a fun detail.

9. Tie-Back – Navy. This swimsuit is another classic option with a timeless front cut and a really fun tie-back design on the back. I linked the navy here, since I’m only highlighting one other navy suit. It also comes in black and green.

10. Apron – Blue/White Striped. Finally, I can’t put together a clothing feature without including at least one striped pick. I can wear this color palette every week and not great tired of it. If it isn’t your favorite, though, search their site for apron suits for some more selections.

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Do you have any favorite women’s one-piece swimsuits?

Feel free to leave links to your favorite items in the comments!

More summer fashion inspiration:

Casual Summer Fashion Inspiration | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Casual Summer Fashion Inspiration

Essential Summer Workout Gear | http://www.roseclearfield.com

Essential Summer Workout Gear

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