Play Dates: My breath of fresh air.

This morning we had a couple of product shoots for some fun stuff I've got coming for you all very soon. And photoshoot days always double as play dates with one of Ava's besties, Oliver. He just so happens to be Briana (our photographer's) son so it works out quite nicely, I must say.

You know why I love play dates so much? It's a chance to talk to a real, live adult.

I've gotta say, one of the most exhausting things about being a stay at home mom is talking to a baby all day long. You smile until your cheeks hurt, you talk in your happiest, upbeat voice ALL DAY LONG, you giggle until the giggles turn into oh-so-fake giggles but you just keep them going, and the most exhausting part? You ask questions, tell stories and talk the day away with absolutely no response on the other end. I mean, I get a bit of gibberish here and there but the fact that I can't communicate with an adult all day long is exhausting.

Play dates are just the relaxation I need -- they're what keep me going throughout the week. Alright, so chasing a couple of toddlers around, trying to make sure they don't climb on the wrong things or fall off the high things or eat the gross things or pull the plants out of the planters may not sound like relaxation to you but talking to an adult, a real live adult in front of me, is seriously all I need. It's my breath of fresh air and is totally something I need to survive.

And better yet? You get to talk about your baby all day long...because who doesn't love talking about their baby? I think every mama can relate.

Anyhow, we stumbled upon the most adorable little outdoor patio area this morning so of course, we had to snap some shots of the babies together. You know, so on their wedding day we can pretty much document their entire lives growing up together in one, adorable slideshow.

Kidding.

Well...I may be kidding but clearly Ava's got all the heart eyes for Oliver and Oliver's got all the heart eyes for those succulents. I'm right there with you, O!

Briana snapped some of the most adorable photos of our babes that I've ever seen and I just couldn't decide which one to post on Instagram. So I'm going to be honest with you, that's the real reason I just rambled on about my day. I just wanted to have an excuse to post them all!

But there's no chance these won't put a smile on your face so it was totally worth you reading all the way to here, I promise. You can thank me later :)

Briana Lindsey Photography

Best Advice for New Moms - Play Dates: My breath of fresh air. - The Overwhelmed Mommy Mom Blogger
Best Advice for New Moms - Play Dates: My breath of fresh air. - The Overwhelmed Mommy Mom Blogger
Best Advice for New Moms - Play Dates: My breath of fresh air. - The Overwhelmed Mommy Mom Blogger
Best Advice for New Moms - Play Dates: My breath of fresh air. - The Overwhelmed Mommy Mom Blogger
Best Advice for New Moms - Play Dates: My breath of fresh air. - The Overwhelmed Mommy Mom Blogger

The Museum of Ice Cream | A Peek Inside

I heart pretty walls more than anything in life. Okay, not really anything...not even close. But I do love them a lot. So when you combine two of my favorite things -- ice cream and pretty walls -- and mix them into one, you know my heart is going to skip a beat.

If you don't know how hard it is to get into The Museum of Ice Cream, well now you know. Tickets get sold old within seconds and you have to order them months in advance. And last night, it was finally our turn to take a peek inside.

Seriously guys, I felt like Charlie waiting for the day when I got to go inside of Willy Wonka's Chocolate factory, like a giddy little girl on Christmas morning. Who are we kidding, I still get giddy on Christmas morning as an adult.

But last night, all of my dreams came true. And while I was more excited about the pretty walls than actually eating the ice cream, I've got to say that the ice cream was DELICIOUS. Oh-so-delicious.

So here's a little peek inside The Museum of Ice Cream!

A peek inside the Museum of Ice Cream - The Overwhelmed Mommy
A peek inside the Museum of Ice Cream - The Overwhelmed Mommy

Kid's Cactus Dress | Lookin' Sharp (get it?)

A couple weeks back I mentioned my love for all things cactus as I rounded up all of that fun cactus nursery decor. And guess what showed up on our doorstep this week?

A kid's cactus dress from DotDotSmile!!

And I could not be more ecstatic. Seriously, I think I have a cactus problem. But of course, I had to show it off for you all to see so here it is on Ava, looking adorable as always. And if you want to snag one yourself, just click that button down there and it will take you right to where you can find one. I mean, it's too adorable not to love!

Happy Friday, folks!

Kid's Cactus Dress - DotDotSmile
Kid's Cactus Dress - DotDotSmile
Kid's Cactus Dress - DotDotSmile
Kid's Cactus Dress - DotDotSmile
Kid's Cactus Dress - DotDotSmile
Kid's Cactus Dress - DotDotSmile
Kid's Cactus Dress - DotDotSmile
Kid's Cactus Dress - DotDotSmile
Kid's Cactus Dress - DotDotSmile
Kid's Cactus Dress - DotDotSmile
Kid's Cactus Dress - DotDotSmile
Kid's Cactus Dress - DotDotSmile
Kid's Cactus Dress - DotDotSmile
Kid's Cactus Dress - DotDotSmile
Kid's Cactus Dress - DotDotSmile
Kid's Cactus Dress - DotDotSmile
Kid's Cactus Dress - DotDotSmile