Wednesday, August 15, 2018

3 Favorite Beauty Tools You Can Find on Amazon


Ever since becoming a mom, I have a new appreciation for Amazon and online shopping in general. It is just so much more convenient for me to order the products I need and have them shipped to my door instead of dragging an unruly two year old all over town.

I have found a couple beauty tools that I just love that are available on Amazon. These have become part of my regular  beauty regimen and I’m so glad I stumbled upon them online. 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Coffee + Conversation


Happy Monday, friends. Thank you all for your kind words on Friday’s post - it was a fun one to write and we had a great anniversary.

On Friday, Madeline graduated from toddler soccer. I'm not sure she learned a whole lot (haha!) but we did have fun trying a new activity. I cooked dinner on Friday to kick off the weekend. I made bruschetta chicken and freshly baked bread and we had a nice relaxing evening of watching Suits. We are currently on Season 5.


Friday, August 10, 2018

Six Lessons Learned in Six Years of Marriage


Tomorrow Corey and I will celebrate our sixth wedding anniversary. It is hard to believe that we have been married that long while at the same time it seems a life time ago that I was a twenty-three year old resigning my very first job to pack up my life and move up north with my brand new fiancé to plan our wedding.

Its been quite the ride so far and we've experienced a lot together from lots of fun vacations, new jobs, enduring a few awful jobs, several moves, building a home, selling it to buy another one, the loss of a parent, expecting our first baby and raising her into a real little person, me leaving my full time job, and now expecting another little one. We've definitely seen our fair share of changes...and challenges, too.


Thursday, August 9, 2018

18-22 Week Bumpdate


This pregnancy is flying by! I think I’ve said that every update so far but I really couldn’t believe it was time to post one again and even contemplated skipping the update since it feels like I just did one.

How far along: 22 weeks (22 weeks 5 days to be exact)

Baby is the size of: a spaghetti squash 

Weight gain: 12-14 pounds. It depends on the day but so far I am right at “average." This is double what I’d gained at this point with Madeline but I had a lot of trouble gaining in the beginning with her, which resulted in growth scans and extra checkups, and then it all packed on (and then some) at the end. I definitely think I look much bigger this go around!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Coffee, Conversation, and a call for Help


Better late than never, I suppose. I’m popping in later than usual on this Monday because I had my twenty-two week (!) checkup this morning and didn’t get a chance to get my post together before getting Madeline and myself out the door. It’s not an easy task these days with a stubborn, independent little lady!

On Friday I picked up Madeline an Elsa dress up costume. It was a $5 hand me down from our mom group and it was definitely the best $5 I’ve spent lately because she spent the whole weekend pretending to be a princess. 


Friday, August 3, 2018

On Leaving the Classroom (three years out)


It’s that time of the year - fresh glue sticks line the bins at Target alongside freshly sharpened ready-to-use pencils, composition books, and colorful folders. Little things that I used to get so excited about as I prepared my room for the twenty-some students who would soon make it their second home for nine months a year.

This school year marks the third year that I have not returned to the classroom. I was recently interviewed by our state newspaper about the current teacher shortage in our state and why so many teachers are choosing to leave the profession.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

5 Goals for August


It seems like I blinked and July passed by. I really feel like we just returned from our trip to San Francisco but that was over a month ago!

I’m happy to say that I accomplished everything on my “July” goals list. That doesn’t always happen for me - a lot of time life gets in the way but I really tried to narrow down what was most important for me right now and I’m happy to say I completed it even though I don’t know how because the month went by so quickly.

For August I have a few goals:

1. Finish the nursery. Aside from moving the queen bed out and the crib in because I’m not *quite* ready to transition Madeline out of the crib yet but I’d like to finish the space aside from that swap and get art purchased and hung, the closet organized, etc.

2. Host two charity socials with Beautycounter. These are socials where the profits go to a school, church, or charity in need or to a family in need of financial assistance for adoption or medical expenses. One of the reasons I chose to partner with this company is that we really put our money where our mouth is for helping those in need. If you know someone or an organization who might benefit from this, please help me get in touch. 

3. Keep working out at least five days a week and get back into the swing of meal planning. I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants all month as far as cooking goes and need to do better with planning and prepping our meals.

4. Plan a last-minute mini family vacation so that Madeline gets a few days at the beach this year. Most of our travel time for the summer went to our trip to New England and San Francisco but we still want to sneak in a quick trip with our girl during her last months as an only child. 

5. Celebrate our sixth wedding anniversary!

What is on your "to-do" list of goals for August?

Monday, July 30, 2018

Coffee + Conversation


Happy Monday! This weekend just flew by like they all seem to recently.

We ordered Thai takeout on Friday night to relax after a long week and enjoyed it while watching Suits. 

Then, on Saturday we went to breakfast as a family and ran some errands. We ended up at a local baby furniture store to test out gliders. I know my husband really loves me because I know that is not how he wanted to spend his Saturday. The biggest lesson we learned from that shopping experience is that Madeline will not be getting a big girl bed with a ladder and slide for her room. Haha! 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Stenciled Art for the Nursery


I am not very artistic but I do love a good DIY craft. For Madeline's nursery, I made her some decoupage wooden blocks using scrapbook paper that matched the decor of her nursery. They were really just a filler to style the shelves above her dresser and changing table but as she got older she really developed an interest in them. I told her that I made them for her when she was a baby in my belly and now she loves telling me about how Mommy made them for her before she was born. So, I knew I wanted to do some kind of craft for Baby Boy's nursery, too.

I recently went to a friend's birthday party at a local wine and design type studio. We used stencils to make wooden wall signs. It was such an easy craft but they all turned out so pretty. So, when Stencil Revolution contacted me about reviewing a set of their stencils, I knew this was exactly what I was looking for to add a special touch to the new nursery.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Coffee + Conversation


Happy Monday, friends.

We had a great weekend this weekend. On Friday night we went out with some friends to see Zoso, a Led Zeppelin cover band that was performing in town. It was a fun way to start the weekend.

Then on Saturday I took Madeline to her little friend’s birthday party in the morning while Corey went golfing. We came home in time for nap (after letting her eat chocolate cake with a sand shovel on the way home) and I took a few minutes to rest for myself. This has been the absolute hardest part of being pregnant the second time around. I am just exhausted all the time and have very little time to just lay down and relax or sneak in a quick nap.

Friday, July 20, 2018

5 on Friday

Happy Friday, friends. I'm coming to you a little later than usual today. It’s been a busy week over here and I don’t know where it has gone! Madeline came home from preschool camp with a runny nose yesterday so she tossed and turned a lot during the night and we are both feeling a little exhausted and running behind today.

One.

I have been hard at work in the nursery this week. I’m happy to report that the closet is now officially cleaned out of all the junk that was haphazardly thrown in there and that it is ready for sweet little baby clothes. This may be my least favorite project I have completed in quite some time but it sure feels good to have it knocked off my list! Next week I'll be giving you the first sneak peek into the nursery by sharing a few fun pieces of art I made. 


Two. 

The Shrimp and Grits Kids fall line launched this week. It is my favorite kids' clothing brand and I host a trunk show for them every year. I went ahead and placed an order early because I am always afraid of things selling out. I got Madeline the cutest little apple outfit for back to school from the Serendipity line which is so soft. I also got this dress to wear with little knee socks in the fall. The boys' clothing is especially cute this season unfortunately baby boy will be too small! Our code is 70024 if anyone else would like to check out the line for your own little ones.



Monday, July 16, 2018

Coffee + Conversation


Happy Monday, friends. I hope it was a good weekend for you!

Madeline napped until almost five o’clock on Friday afternoon which is just unheard of for her. So we took advantage of the super long nap to head out to our neighborhood pool for the evening and push a late bedtime. Every Friday the rec club in our neighborhood has live music and dinner. Sometimes they order in pizza or wings but this Friday everyone cooked a dish so we had lots of barbecue, ribs, pulled chicken, and all the sides and desserts. We had a great turnout of around one hundred people and it was lots of fun, especially since Madeline was well rested and could really enjoy a swim and the music. 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Weeks 14-18 Bumpdate (+gender reveal)


I feel like I just shared my first trimester bumpdate and was so surprised it was already time to post this! One thing that is so different about this second pregnancy is that it is just flying by!

How far along: 18 weeks 

Baby is the size of: a bell pepper according to the Babycenter app and weighs 9 ounces according to my anatomy scan this week.

Weight gain: 8 pounds. I am at the point where I am supposed to be gaining a pound a week but was a little nervous about this because I knew I had indulged in lots of splurges during our trips to Maine/New Hampshire and San Francisco but am still feeling healthy.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A Trip to the Zoo


Madeline visited the zoo for the first time this weekend. We have several options for zoos within a short drive from Charlotte but we opted for the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia because it is the best and the day was unusually cool and overcast for this time of year.

We headed out right after breakfast and arrived shortly before they opened for the day. Madeline was talking about the animals she was going to see the whole drive down! 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Coffee + Conversation


Happy Monday, friends!

I apologize for the mini hiatus last week. It was a busy week and Corey was home more than usual thanks to the 4th so we just tried to soak up the extra family time and enjoy it. We had a great 4th at our neighborhood cookout and pool party during the day then relaxed at home on the porch after Madeline went to bed. The only thing missing was a big glass of crisp white wine! 

Monday, July 2, 2018

5 Goals for July



Happy July, friends! I cannot believe that it is already July. This year is just flying by and I cannot believe we are approaching the halfway point of my pregnancy. With Madeline out of preschool for the summer I have had to be so intentional with my time. Otherwise the day goes by and I will have accomplished nothing I need to get done except for playing with and loving on my sweet girl. Of course there are far worse things than that but I feel like I do have a daunting to-do list with items that need to be checked off.

1. Clean out the closet in the nursery. This is currently being used for storage and the most random items are stored there. First up is throwing out and donating what is inside because I honestly go months without opening the door. 

Friday, June 29, 2018

5 things I'm loving right now

Happy Friday, friends! This week flew by but you won't hear any complaints from me about it! Today, I thought I would share five things I'm loving lately, even if it a random assortment!

one.


I am absolutely obsessed with Beautycounter's new resurfacing peel. When we announced the launch of this product I was able to try it early as a consultant but I was honestly terrified to because I've never done any kind of peel. When I think "peel" I think about Samantha's chemical peel from Sex and the City. Anyone else watch that religiously back in the day?


But it touted some amazing claims so I decided to give it a go and now I don't think I'll ever be able to live without this stuff. It is a very gentle peel - so gently you don't even have to wash it off at night after you apply. I have very sensitive skin and I used it daily for the first month I had it and it did some amazing things for my skin. I already thought it was in better shape than it had been in years but since using the peel it has gotten so much softer, a much healthier "glow" that I assure you is not pregnancy related, and most shockingly it has smoothed out my forehead where the texture has always been kind of uneven.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Lately + a trip to San Francisco

Happy Wednesday, friends! The past week has just flown by but I am finally sitting down with a cup of coffee to get caught up.

First up, the comment notifications seem to finally be working again on my blog so I’m excited to be able to chat back and forth by email again.

We spent the end of last week in San Francisco celebrating my sweet sister in law and her fiancé (now husband!) as they tied the knot. Madeline stayed home with her Nana so this was a nice little adults-only getaway.

Friday, June 22, 2018

First Trimester Workout Routine


When I found out I was pregnant this time, I was of course super excited but also really nervous about the changes that were going to happen in my body. Having had a baby before, I do know how incredible a woman’s body is and I’m so proud of all my body did to carry Madeline, bring her into the world, and nourish her.

BUT, I really struggled after she was born with my body. I wrote about this before here. The weight did not just “fall off” while nursing. In fact, I actually gained weight while nursing and trying so hard to improve my supply. The newborn phase was also a really stressful time for me as I adjusted to parenting a new baby (who was super fussy, had reflux, went through a colic phase, and was just not much of a fan of sleeping) alone while Corey traveled for work, our bright idea to buy a new home and sell our previous one, returning to a work environment that was just not a good fit for me as a mom. I believe your priorities are what you make them and these are all “excuses” but taking care of my health was just not my first priority at that time in our lives. It didn’t even rank in the top five while trying to keep everything else together. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Strawberry Greek Yogurt Muffins


Madeline is currently obsessed with muffins so I am always looking for variations that are somewhat healthy. I love sneaking in fresh fruits and veggies into muffin recipes and this one calls for Greek yogurt. It tastes almost like a cupcake but is high in protein, which is so great for toddlers. The greek yogurt also keeps these muffins moist and delicious. We are enjoying them as a breakfast treat this week.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Baby #2 Q+A


Good morning! Today I thought I would round up all the questions I’ve been asked by friends, family, on IG, and right here about baby W number two. Here’s to hoping I do a better job documenting this pregnancy than I did with my first!

When/how did you find out?
This couldn’t possibly be any different than how I found out with Madeline. With Madeline I got pregnant so fast that it was a little surprising. I may share a little more about this later but it wasn’t nearly as easy this time around so I was testing about every day. It was equally surprising, though, after seeing so many negative tests over so many months. Just in a totally different way. One day it was negative and then the next morning there was the faintest line. It was so faint that I had to text a picture to my girl friend to verify that the line really was truly there. I was only three and a half weeks when I found out this time and that was at the very end of March. 

How are you feeling?
SO different than when I was pregnant with Madeline! I have been nauseous almost every day (never had any sickness with Madeline at all), having lots of food aversions, and the first trimester fatigue. With Madeline my first trimester was in the summer while I was off from teaching so I napped a lot. Now, I work while she is napping so I don’t have a chance to nap myself. I’m in bed so early most nights. I was also super crampy and had lots of low back pain for several weeks which was very scary but the cramping is pretty much gone. My physical therapist said I will likely have back pain on and off this time due to the nature of my injuries from my accident last year and that actually makes me feel a lot better to put a label on it and know it’s not really any thing to be concerned about.

Are you going to find out the gender? 
Absolutely! I am a planner and I need to be able to work on the nursery and buy or wash baby clothes. Corey is not so secretly hoping for a boy and I honestly am, too. Of course, I wouldn’t be disappointed in the slightest to have two healthy girls and feel like sisters always have a special bond. Whatever God has planned for our family is perfect for me! With Madeline we found out at a private ultrasound at fifteen weeks and have an appointment scheduled to do the same this time. It was a great experience.

What are you missing? 
Giving up wine this time around has been a lot harder in all honesty! Haha! Otherwise, I am really fine with the other dietary restrictions. 

Are you craving anything?
I am craving tons of fresh fruit (especially watermelon) and sweets a little more than usual. Early on, I was craving bacon, egg, and cheese bagels but that has passed now. Instead of cravings I’m having lots of aversions. Meats, especially are grossing me out. I thought I was craving a specific salad a couple weeks ago, paid $12 for it, and then when I saw the chicken on top, I was immediately nauseated by the chicken on top. It only sounded good when it was hypothetical chicken - not when it was actual chicken on top of the meal I was about to eat. 

Do you have names picked out?
We still like the boy name we had picked out if Madeline had been a boy and have a few others we both also like. For girl names we aren’t sure yet! With Madeline, we had a girl name picked out and when we saw her on the ultrasound, I just had a feeling that wasn’t her name after all so we started over and I feel like she is SUCH a Madeline. So we probably won't have a real idea until we see the baby on the ultrasound. 

Will you do weekly updates?
I did monthly updates with Madeline and I will probably do that again. Weekly updates always seemed monotonous to me and are too much to keep up with. 

Are you still working out and sticking to your meal plan?
Yes for the most part. I will share my first trimester workout routine soon but I have still been able to workout with very few modifications so far 5-6 days a week. I am still eating healthy according to my plan most of the time. Corey started traveling every week instead of every other week for work right before I got pregnant and that has made it really tempting to just order something easy on DoorDash so I haven’t been quite as on top of it as normal. I’d say 70% instead of my usual 80% and I have upped my protein and fruits a little to help me account for the extra calories I need. I’m not concerned about weight gain - I just want to feel healthier and stay more active throughout my pregnancy this time. 

Are you planning to nurse again?
I have gotten this question SO many times especially from people who remember that breastfeeding wasn’t the best experience for me the first time around. Madeline was so tiny and struggled to gain weight. Getting a good latch was so challenging - even though I saw three lactation consultants in the hospital I still went home with my nipples bleeding and Madeline lost almost ten ounces of weight before she started gaining again. I lost my supply when I had a postpartum hemmhorage at home, had to nurse and pump 18 hours a day to get it back, and then got mastitis when I went back to work and had a lot of push back from my boss about needing to pump during the school day. Madeline and I stuck it out for six months but honestly the most anxiety-inducing part of my pregnancy so far was wondering if I want to try it again. I will definitely try nursing again. I found an awesome lactation consultant through Madeline’s pediatrician who was a total godsend so I know she is there if I need her. BUT, if it doesn’t work out I am going to give myself a lot more grace this time and I’m definitely not going to feel any guilt in switching if that ends up being best for everyone’s sanity. I’m a firm fed is best believer.

What about Corey’s travel schedule?
I got this question a lot the first go around, too, and even more so this time since he just accepted a new job with even more travel. Travel is the nature of Corey’s job and has been for years. He took the two weeks leading up to Madeline’s (early) arrival off of long distance travel and limited it to day trips and will probably do the same this time if possible. Luckily the holidays are a slower time in his industry so he will be getting a little extra time off at just the right time. With Madeline, he was back to work when she was 5 days old and has shared the desire that he’d like to be home longer this time if possible. That’s just the nature of his job. We are super fortunate because my mom and mother in law are both retired and live close by so they will be able to help when I really need it. Now, in the spirit of keeping it real, while we are used to lots of travel and have a plan in place, that certainly doesn’t mean that I haven’t had a hormonal meltdown or two when he is gone. It can be exhausting doing all the things at home when he is away, sometimes I do feel overwhelmed, and there are moments of anxiety when I think about adding another little one into our crazy schedule while Corey is traveling. But at the same time I am so grateful for his job and that it provides me the opportunity to be home with Madeline and this baby. 

Does Madeline have a clue what’s going on?
Yes and no. Maybe? When I ask her if she wants a brother or a sister she just says “Nope, I don’t want one.” If I ask her where the baby is she thinks it is in her tummy so we have to clear a few things up there. She is used to getting all my attention. She even gets jealous when Corey hugs and kisses me so we have some work to do for sure! But she is two and that is a really egocentric time so hopefully by the time the fall comes and my due date is getting closer she will be a little more open to the idea. 

Are you delivering in the same hospital?
No. I loved my old OB and had just the best prenatal and delivery experience however their practice only delivers in a small hospital that specializes in women’s care. However, because I had a very rare (only 2% of pregnancies) type of postpartum hemmhorage last time I switched to a practice that specializes in high risk pregnancies and will deliver at a larger hospital with a trauma center. My pregnancy is not high-risk - I needed to switch somewhere that delivered at a larger hospital and I just chose this practice because I knew I could trust them during the delivery to make sure things go well and to handle any complications. 

What am I doing differently this time?
I’m working out more and eating healthier this time. I’m saying no to donuts and splurges to try to have an easier recovery. I do follow intuitive eating so I’m certainly not denying myself or the baby - I’m just not letting pregnancy be an excuse to eat whatever I wanted this time because I did quite a bit of that last time and felt so unhealthy afterwards. I’m pushing myself less this time and saying no more. I really felt like I was running a marathon while I was pregnant with Madeline. It was an endurance test for sure as I often worked ten or more hours a day, commuted fifty minutes each way, and still felt like I couldn’t get everything I was responsible for done. So, I’m giving myself a lot more grace this time! I’m also trying to focus more on the now not the future which is so hard when you are pregnant and can’t stop thinking about the baby that is coming in the future. But I do want to take the time to really enjoy our little family of three. 

Are you planning to have more children after this baby?
Nope! I know sometimes God has other plans but I have always wanted to be a two and done family. It actually took a lot of thinking and praying for me to open my heart to having a second baby because Madeline was such a tough and overwhelming newborn and then it took quite a bit of work to get pregnant. As of right now, our plan is for the W family to be complete after this baby makes his or her debut in December. 

I think that about covers it, friends! If you have any other questions, you can drop them below and I will answer them in my next update post. 

Monday, June 11, 2018

A Quick Trip to New England


Over the weekend we traveled to New England for a wedding. The wedding was Friday afternoon and Corey had to work Thursday so we woke up early on Friday morning and flew out to Boston. We picked up a rental car when we arrived and made it to Portsmouth, New Hampshire in plenty of time to freshen up and get ready for the wedding.


I wore this dress and y'all - it is $12!  It also comes in four colors. What a steal!

Friday, June 8, 2018

My Top 5 Beautycounter Products


Ever since I shared the news that I upgraded my Band of Beauty membership to become a consultant and educator for Beautycounter, I have gotten so many questions about the products. At this point I feel like most people have heard of Beautycounter and are getting a little curious about what all the recent hype is about.

If you’re familiar with our company, we have banned over 1,500 ingredients in our products that have shown a link to endocrine disruption and chronic disease or that are known or suspected carcinogens. If you thought that the government kept these things out of our personal care products, you would unfortunately be mistaken as a major regulatory law for cosmetics and personal care has not been passed in eighty years! So it is entirely up to you to research and be informed about the ingredients you are putting on your skin. After all, they are absorbed into your blood stream within 26 seconds! 

When I first found Beautycounter as a customer, I was a little skeptical. I loved the mission (it would be amazing if when Madeline is a teenager she doesn't have to worry about toxic products even being available on the shelves of Target) and I really wanted to be safer but when we purchase beauty products we are wanting to feel beautiful - we are wanting results. And that is something that Beautycounter is passionate about, too, which I why I love it all the more.

When people ask me what products I love, I’m often tempted to respond with “everything” because I do love almost every product I’ve tried - so much so that I chose to become a consultant more for the discount than the paycheck. But, if you were to make me narrow it down to the top 5, these would be them.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

First Trimester Bumpdate


When I learned I was pregnant this time around I was only three weeks along. Finding out that early sure made the first trimester seem like an eternity, especially when trying to keep this news a secret. Of course some friends had their suspicions as I’m certainly not one to turn down a glass of wine on girls' night - especially multiple girls' nights in a row! Haha! Now, we are entering into the second trimester and are well on our way to meeting baby W number two! 

I am working on a more detailed post of all the random questions I’ve been asked since sharing the news with our friends and announcing our pregnancy public last week so more details to come, too, but today I wanted to share my first Bumpdate. Like with my pregnancy with Madeline I won’t be doing these weekly so no fear that this little space will soon become only a pregnancy diary. Most likely I will share updates monthly until the end when things actually start changing so fast! 

Monday, June 4, 2018

Coffee + Conversation


Happy Monday, friends. Its a beautiful, sunny day in Charlotte at last after weeks of rain. The weather was even nice most of the weekend so we enjoyed spending lots of time outside.

On Friday, Madeline and I headed to barre first thing in the morning and then promptly enjoyed a homemade strawberry-iced donut with sprinkles in honor of National Donut Day. Life is about balance, after all.


Friday, June 1, 2018

And then there were four!


We are so excited to share that Madeline will soon be a big sister! Our family will soon be growing from three to four. Baby W #2 is set to debut the first week of December and Corey and I are over the moon.

If you’ve noticed my radio silence on Instagram (and even here) lately it’s because I’ve been keeping this big secret for over nine weeks now and also because I’ve been just exhausted - I’d almost forgotten about that first trimester fatigue! Whew! 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

3 Lessons I’ve Learned about Grace this Year


It has been nearly a year since my accident and I can finally say that it’s pretty much just an unpleasant memory now. But, boy did it teach me a thing or two this year.

1. Don’t be too confident because you aren’t in control. The month leading up to it was my biggest month ever in my business and was a huge Teachers pay Teachers month, too. I earned well over what I would have netted after childcare if I had stayed at my previous job and I had my sights set on matching my previous salary within the next couple months. I’m not the kind of person who is always waiting on the other shoe to drop so when things are going well, I don’t really anticipate when they won’t be anymore. This really put me in my place and reminded me to be more grateful for what I have and not take it for granted.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Thoughts for Tuesday


Tuesday, friends. I hope you all had such a great Memorial Day weekend. We thoroughly enjoyed ours even though the weather wasn't ideal. It has felt very rainforest-like in Charlotte over the last couple weeks, with constant rain combined with ninety-degree temps.


On Thursday Madeline had her last day of preschool for the year. She had such a great year and I know she will miss her teachers so much. Most of her friends live close by so I know she'll have lots of play dates over the summer. Right before I went to drop her off on her last day, she colored all over the wall, our new carpet, and the curtain in our guest room with purple permanent marker - all in the very short time it takes me to brush my teeth! So, that is how I spent my last day of preschool.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A Day in the Life


It has been quite a while since I’ve shared one of these type posts but with the end of preschool coming near, I know our schedule will be changing soon, which is always so bittersweet. We’ve gotten into a nice little routine throughout the last several months and I’ve really enjoyed the rhythm of our days. 

6:15 My alarm goes off and I snooze for fifteen minutes. When I worked away from home I always got up at five but I have struggled so hard with this since I left my previous job!

6:30 I’m up and making the bed and getting dressed before Madeline gets up. These are the two things that just have to get done before she’s awake for us to have a productive day.

7:00 Madeline is awake. We head downstairs for milk (for her), coffee (for me), and a little Peppa Pig. I take care of Riley, answer emails, check social media, and spend a few quiet minutes with my girl.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Coffee + Conversation


Happy Monday! I am coming off a fun little bachelorette weekend in Asheville for one of my best friends from college.

I headed out at naptime on Friday and left Madeline for a fun  little Daddy-daughter weekend with Corey. When we arrived, we spent some time catching up and then headed to dinner at Asheville pizza and brew. Since everyone is so spread out now geographically we were all asked to bring a craft beer from our home town for a beer tasting back at our house afterwards. The bride now lives in Colorado and is a huge fan of craft beer so this was a fun low key way to spend our first night.



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

I'm eating my words.


I will never be one of those parents. You know the one that bribes her child with a cake pop so she can sip that coffee at Target. Or whose kid is playing with the iPad at a restaurant.

Yes, I really did make those statements to myself once upon a time. But I’m here to tell you that I am eating my words. 

Probably one of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned about parenthood over the last two years is to set high standards for yourself (and your child) but for the love of Jesus, have flexibility, too.

Sometimes we all just have to do what is best for the sanity of all. It is for the greater good. One instance of this was at Target a couple months ago. I don’t like Madeline to have regular sweets but the terrible twos seemed to be overtaking every cell of her sweet little twenty-six pound body all at once. And it picked my weekly Target run to spew its ugly head.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Coffee + Conversation


Happy Monday, friends. We had a nice Mother’s Day weekend but it sure did go fast as they always seem to do recently!

On Friday, Corey and I went to the Kenny Chesney concert. He is such a great performer and it was nice to do something out of our regular routine because it has been a while since we’ve been to a concert.

Friday, May 11, 2018

5 on Friday

One.


What a busy week this has been! It has gone by fast this week, which is always welcome when Corey is away. Madeline has thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful weather and spending them playing outside on her new playset. If you missed it in my stories, this was a major impulse by at Costco and had a pretty big instant rebate this week.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

5 Summer Backyard Must-Haves for the Toddler



The weather in North Carolina has finally warmed up and the end of preschool is near. With our mornings at school about to end until next September, Madeline and I are preparing for lots of time outside. We are planning to enjoy some days at the pool but when we are home, we have some great outside toys to enjoy. If you have a toddler, I can not recommend these items enough to keep them entertained during the warm summer months and the bonus is that all of them can be purchased from Amazon so that they conveniently arrive at your front door. 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Coffee + Conversation


Happy Monday, friends. Its hard to believe the weekend is over - they really go so fast, don't they?

On Friday we went to Costco for fig bars and coffee and then stumbled upon this. It was love at first sight for Madeline and apparently I have no self-control because it is being installed today as I type this.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Join me for Go Gray in May

Last month I shared a little about our family’s switch to safer personal care and household products. This month I am putting my money where my mouth is - literally - and donating 100% of my Beautycounter commission this month to the American Brain Tumor Association as part of Go Gray in May.

May is brain cancer awareness month and this is a cause that is near and dear to my heart as we lost my husband's dad to a glioblastoma almost three years ago. This is a very aggressive type of cancer with most patients surviving less than a year, is very expensive to attempt to treat in the event that a loved one is diagnosed, and is critically underfunded. 


I was personally introduced to Beautycounter about a year and a half ago when I was sent a little sample package and asked to review it on Instagram. I shared here that I tried to use safe products while I was pregnant but afterwards went righ back to my old ways. Not because I didn’t care but because I didn’t know better.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Make your own pizza Supper Club


It was our turn to host our monthly Supper Club last weekend. We get together once a month with some of our favorite couples and the host plans the main dish. Then, the guests bring an appetizer, sides, and dessert. It’s such a fun way to catch up with our friends on a regular basis.

When we lived in Hoboken and were preparing to move back South we attended a pizza making class in the city because Corey and I are pretty big pizza snobs and we wanted to be able to make the New York pizza we’d gotten so attached to. So, I made the dough using that recipe and Corey prepared the sauce from our take-home cook book from our pizza school class. Unfortunately it’s copyrighted so I can’t post it in full here but if you want some homemade pizza tips, send me an email. I will say homemade dough makes all the difference, though, and is so much more cost efficient when making lots of pizzas (8 in our case). I use the dough hook on my Kitchen Aid mixer to do the kneading for me so it keeps it from being a lot of work.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Coffee + Conversation


Happy Monday, friends! I’m back to the blog today after a little break last week from all things social media.

I had a fun little post planned last week about our make your own pizza party we hosted for supper club and didn’t get it posted because we lost power in the most bizarre little incident when a neighbor’s transformer blew and started a tree fire. Then the rest of the week kind of went downhill from there. So that post is ready to go and will be coming to you tomorrow.


Friday, April 20, 2018

Strawberry Picking



This week Madeline and I met up with a couple friends at a local farm to go strawberry picking. She has such a fun time and I do believe she ate her weight in strawberries. Of course we dressed for the occasion and Madeline wore her little strawberry Shrimp and Grits Kids outfit.