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.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Mom Friends that Every Mom Should Have


A couple weeks ago I shared a post about the top seven practices that keep us all happy and somewhat together while my husband travels. One of the most important of those was finding your tribe. Those mama friends are everything at keeping me sane when he is away and I am trying to tackle all the things on my own.

By far my biggest adjustment of leaving my full-time job was leaving behind my coworkers. When my Mother-in-Law returned to Florida and Corey went back to work after Madeline was born, I was staring at five long days in front of us just the two of us. With no adults to talk to. All of my friends were working. My mom was working. My friend with almost the same age baby had just finished her maternity leave and was, you guessed it, working.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Coffee + Conversation


It has been a busy few weeks in the W household and I’ve honestly been down right exhausted hence my mini hiatus. After a low-key weekend and ten (!!) hours of sleep last night, I’m feeling much more like myself today and ready for the week ahead.

Let’s chat a little about what’s been going on around these parts, shall we. Madeline went back to preschool from spring break last week and made it through the week in her little Peppa Pig big-girl undies with no accidents. All the praise hands because potty training was a lot of work.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Lately

Happy Wednesday! The last two weeks have been so busy that they’ve flown right by in the blink of an eye.

After Easter, Corey had to get right back to traveling for work and Madeline and I tackled potty training during her spring break. We started trying this over Christmas when she started showing so much interest in the potty but I couldn’t get her tob100% accuracy so over her little break from school we decided to rip off the bandaid, er pull-up, and try again. I’m happy to say she is doing great and hasn’t had an accident in a week. The Peppa Pig undies really did the trick in motivating her.

During our potty training week, we were also busy dog sitting for my mother-in-law’s dog. There have been times in our marriage where we contemplated getting a second dog. I’m here to tell you that that is never going to happen! Two dogs are definitely more work than one, especially when you need to walk them while pushing a stroller.


We did manage a few fun outings, like going Uptown to Discovery Place and lunch with one of Madeline's best buddies.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Easter 2018 Recap

We had a great Easter this year and Corey and I are both in agreement that it was the most fun yet because of Madeline's age. What a special Holiday this is and it was so fun to try to teach her about the significance of the Holiday. Of course she is to young to truly understand it at yet but seeing her joy was a great reminder for us of the sacrifice God made so that we could have such special moments with her.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Our Family’s Switch to Safer

The last week of March is hard for our family. As I stared at the pages of my planner this week, I’ve felt such a heavy weight - a brick sitting on my chest making it hard to catch my breath. I’m reminded of spring break three years ago. Corey had just left for a work happy hour. I’d dropped him off on my way to pick up dinner for myself at one of my favorite restaurants. It was a beautiful, sunshiny warm day. I was off work for the week for spring break and had no responsibilities. The days were getting longer and it was the perfect evening for a crisp glass of white wine on our patio.

I was standing in my driveway, having just stepped out of my car, holding my to-go bag for dinner. I felt so at peace. Something about that time of year. Then, my phone rang. It was my husband and he’d just received the news that a cherry-sized tumor had shown up on my father-in-law’s MRI.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

On My Radar

The weather is finally warming up again today and with Easter just days away, my mind is going to all the warm weather clothes. Spring weather is my favorite and I am always looking for lightweight feminine tops to look a little put together even in the brutal North Carolina heat.

One of my favorite retails is having a 40% off sale right now and I have a few cute pieces on my radar.


I love this eyelet top. I just love a white top in the spring and summer. You can pair it with anything - denim, white denim with statement jewelry, chambray shorts, bright, fun shorts. A white top really is so versatile and I love the eyelet detail on this one.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Coffee + Conversation


Happy Monday! This weekend was a good bit more relaxing than last week and I am feeling ready for the week ahead.

On Friday, we took Madeline out for a little Mexican dinner date. It was a nice little dinner. Madeline enjoyed her quesadilla and Corey and I enjoyed a margarita. After dinner, we took Madeline to Baskin’ Robins for a cup of strawberry ice cream. She was definitely living her best life on Friday.


Thursday, March 22, 2018

7 ways I stay sane when my husband travels.


Corey was traveling regularly for work long before we ever got pregnant with Madeline. I had my routine down for when he was away. I’d always worked a job that ate up a ton of my time - both while I was work and when I was home, too. So, when I decided to leave my job to stay home with Madeline, I really didn’t think it would be that much of an adjustment.

I know you seasoned mamas are laughing right now. I mean I knew babies were demanding but I’d been in a career for years where I couldn’t get so much as a restroom break for six hours at a time many days and where I was often away from home for work twelve hours at a time just to have to bring more home with me. How hard could taking care of just one little baby be?



Yet, when Madeline was a two weeks old and Corey was setting out to travel for the first time since my mother in law returned to Florida, I couldn’t help feeling overwhelmed with five days of just the two of us standing in front of me. So. Much. Responsibility.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Coffee + Conversation


Happy Monday, friends. We are having a slow morning around these parts after Madeline and I were both sick yesterday. It is 8:30 as I type this and we are both still in our pajamas, which never happens.

We had a nice weekend. Corey called Thursday late afternoon saying he had gotten on an earlier flight home and would land in just enough time to eat dinner and put Madeline too bed. It was a great surprise.

Friday, March 16, 2018

5 on Friday

Happy Friday, friends!

I had a fun post planned for you yesterday and then the morning got away from me. Madeline woke up early and was so unhappyl so by the time I got her settled, us both dressed, her off to school, and me off to my doctor’s appointment I’d lost any time to finish it up. So, stay tuned next week.

One.

Madeline’s social calendar has been so full this month. She has had play date after play date after birthday party and I’m not hating it. It has made this month fly by. Here she is waiting on her little boy friend to yesterday. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

For the Toddler Easter Basket

Easter is just around the corner and I have been busy getting Madeline's Easter basket ready. I ordered the monogrammed Easter basket below for her when I was in labor in the hospital. It is from Etsy and we plan to use it every year. This year, now that she is a little bit older, I am going to start the tradition of putting it out empty for her the night before Easter so that the Easter Bunny can fill it when he comes.


This year I started giving Madeline's Easter basket a little more thought because I feel like it starts to set the precedent for years going forward. It feels like she just had Christmas and she did just have a birthday so I didn't want to go overboard and I really don't like her to have candy or sweets. Back at Christmas, I shared mine and Corey's decision about how we will handle Santa gifts in our home and I was recently reading an article about raising grateful children in today's society. One of the things it recommended when gifting was to gift your child something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read and then leave it at that. I loved that recommendation and divided up my ideas for Easter basket goodies into those categories.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Greek Chicken Bowls with Cucumber, Tomato, Feta Salad


I really enjoy creating new healthy recipes for our family and I've had my mind on making greek chicken bowls for quite a while. There is a great restaurant in Charlotte where you can walk in and build your own mediterranean bowl or salad. Think Chipotle meets fresh, greek deliciousness. I sneak over whenever I can to pick up lunch while Madeline is in preschool but wanted to try my hand at making our own healthy bowls.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Asheville Mini Getaway

Last month Corey had two weeks off in between his last day at his old job and his first day at his new firm. It was so nice to have him home with us and the time coincided perfectly with the week of Madeline’s birthday.

The day after the party Corey and I headed to Asheville for a little one-on-one baby free time. We are so lucky to be able to get away for a few days every couple months with just the two of us, with the last time being to Charleston for my birthday in November. I really feel like this might be one of the absolute most important things we are able to do for our marriage, especially since he travels for work without me and we consequently spend a lot of time apart and it is certainly not lost on me how fortunate we are that both of our parents are able to take turns staying with Madeline.

Monday, March 5, 2018

TBB Asks: Beauty Edition



Happy Monday, friends! I decided at the last minute today to link up with The Blended Blog for her her Q+A series. This month to focus is on all things beauty, which seemed fun since boy oh boy has my beauty and self-care regimen changed in the last year!

1. Eyelash Curler Yes or No? Yes! Every single day! I use a lash serum and my lashes have gotten pretty long. Combined with a curler and a good, volumizing mascara my lashes have become one of my favorite features. This is the curler I use and I actually just purchased a brand new one last week in the gold and pink color. 

Friday, March 2, 2018

On My Radar (and recent purchases)

Well, spring is right around the corner and I have my eye on a few fun items for when the weather warms up. My warm weather closet still needs such an overhaul. I added a few fun pieces last year but the two seasons before I really did zero shopping with being pregnant and then nursing.


I am obsessed with these chambray scalloped shorts. Aren't they SO fun? I love an easy to wear pair of denim shorts and the scallop just adds a little something extra and feminine.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Madeline’s 2nd Birthday

We celebrated Madeline turning two with a Daniel Tiger themed birthday party on her actual birthday last Saturday. Daniel Tiger has been one of her greatest loves since she was around nine months old so it was fun to bring this party to fruition to celebrate her special day this year.


Last year I went a little overboard with decorations. I still think it was the absolute perfect first birthday party. (Check it out here). But, this year I decided to not go quite as crazy, even though I do love a good party.

I made two little table top trolleys using the patterns on the PBS website and pouffed up some tissue paper Pom Pom poufs for the Dollar Tree. The Pom Pom garlands are also from the dollar store. 



I ordered this party set for paper goods from Amazon and this set of balloons. This kept things SO easy because it was all delivered to my front door. 

The fireplace banner is from Etsy here and I love it. I moved it up to Madeline’s play area after the party. Madeline's little personalized Daniel Tiger dress is also from Etsy and you can find it here.



A sweet local mama passed down the “Happy 2nd Birthday” banner but it is also available here if you have a Daniel Tiger lover of your own. I set Madeline’s Daniel Tiger figurines around for a few extra little touches, too. She has this set, this set, and this one.

I made guacamole (my recipe here in a super old post), picked up queso from Moe’s, and set out a jar of salsa for appetizers. And goldfish and mini pretzels for the kids, of course.



I also served a taco bar. I used this recipe for the beef filling and made pulled salsa chicken. I made cheese quesadillas for the kids, cilantro rice and beans, and fruit salad.

For dessert, I ordered a mini cake and cupcakes from Publix just like last year and some fun cookies from my favorite cookie gal.



It was such a fun party and Madeline and her little friends sure did love all the Daniel Tiger decor. We loved celebrating our girl and when I tucked her in for bed that night she looked up and said “Mommy, I so happy!” which made it that much more special for me, too. 

We love you sweet girl!





Monday, February 26, 2018

Coffee + Conversation


Happy Monday! I am sitting having my Monday morning coffee with a side of Daniel Tiger this morning. If we were having coffee today, instead, I would have lots to recap and share from our busy week last week.


Madeline turned two last Saturday. We started the day with a pancake breakfast out then came home and I got ready for her party. It was a great time with all of her best little friends and I'll recap it a little more later in the week.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Two Years Old!

Our sweet Madeline turns two years old tomorrow! The time has flown by just like everyone always says it will. She has turned into such a little person lately and Corey and I both said, when looking at this photo I snapped of her on Wednesday, that she all of a sudden looks like a little girl and not like a baby anymore. 


She is a combination of strong-willed and stubborn with sweet and affectionate. She is all over the place - running, skipping, and jumping and speaking in complete sentences all of a sudden. Counting to twelve and singing her ABC's. The time has definitely passed in the blink of an eye.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Coffee + Conversation


Happy Monday morning! If we were having coffee today, I would share that we had quite the busy weekend considering we intended to do absolutely nothing!

Madeline and I ordered her birthday cake and cupcakes on Friday afternoon. My mom always made mine so I felt really conflicted not doing it myself but I am hitting the easy button for her party this year, especially since this week is already packed so full.


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Roasted Vegetable + Chicken Sausage Pasta

I shared this super easy, healthy meal earlier in the week on Instagram. As much as I love to cook, there are times that I am looking for something quick and simple to feed our family. I don't like to do highly-processed or frozen foods unless we are in a real hurry so this has quickly become a favorite dish and could easily be made in larger quantities for weekly meal prep.


To make this dish, I start by roasting my vegetables. Roasted vegetables are my absolute favorite! I just love the flavor. For this meal, I like to use onion, zucchini, mushrooms, and grape tomatoes but you can honestly use any vegetable that you like. I toss my veggies in a little olive oil and give them a good sprinkle of sea salt, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Faking it with Florals

I once read in a home decor magazine that you should have something living in every room - whether it be a pet, a plant, or freshly cut florals. I am such a fan of having fresh flowers in our home but at the same time I just can't bring myself to purchase them weekly. It just seems like such a frivolous expense at times not to mention having to care for them along with the rest of our household! Over the years, I've found a number of faux arrangements that I really love as part of our decor.


This little arrangement came from Target years ago and is on the built-ins in our living room. I love the softness it adds and its definitely nice that I never have to climb way up there to water it. I love arrangements that mix together a variety of different textures in a fun vase or planter.




I think these pink peonies complement the living plant on the left so nicely on the antique desk in our guest room. I have a couple of this-sized arrangements for the bedrooms in our house. They're just a nice little something to fill an empty space with a pop of color and I really like that they have the acrylic water for a more natural look. I think that even faux florals really add some cheer to a space.


Probably my favorite faux plant in our house is the fiddle-leaf fig in our dining room. I wanted one for so long and had seen some truly beautiful natural ones at a couple nurseries in town but the space that would be perfect for it didn't get the right light. That is probably my favorite thing about sneaking artificial plants into your decor - you can definitely get away with less than ideal conditions.


Speaking of hard to care for plants, I have never been any good at keeping orchids alive. I've done my research and watered them diligently with ice cubes to no avail. Yet, I think they are so pretty and love how they can add height to a space. They also seem to be such a graceful plant. This one is in our bathroom by our soaker tub.


This peony and fern arrangement is my newest addition and I have it on our kitchen table. It was gifted to me by Silk Plants Direct and I have been so pleased with its quality. I was a little skeptical when they contacted me asking to review one of their arrangements because I usually purchase decor like this from HomeGoods so that I can see and touch it in person but I had been looking for something new for this space for the longest time. It has the acrylic water that I like for a more natural look and I love the combination of the peonies and ferns. It feels very Southern to me. They have hundreds and hundreds of arrangements to choose from if you are ever looking for something hard to find in a very reasonable price point and it arrived very carefully packaged. 

When the weather starts to warm up, I like mixing in a few fresh blooms in our kitchen, dining room, and in a vase on our coffee table. Do you like decorating with florals in your space? Do you stick to the real deal or add in a few faux arrangements to "fake it?"

Thank you to Silk Plants Direct and Commercial Palm Trees for sponsoring this post. 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Coffee + Conversation


Who needs an extra large cup of coffee this morning after staying up too late to watch the Super Bowl last night? Or better yet - who made it through to watch This is Us? No spoilers welcome around here, please, because yours truly did not stay up that late and I have a date to watch it on DVR with my husband tonight.

I can't thank you all enough for your kind words on Friday's post about my little hiatus from blogging and my rebrand. You all really know how to make a girl feel good. Just a bit of house keeping - if you're new around here or if you write a blog that isn't listed in your Google profile, I'd love to read along. Just leave your URL in the comments so that I can find you.

We had one of those weekends that was jam packed full of fun. I don't feel like I got any rest but I love that it creeped by super slowly. Those are the best. It started off on a super high note when Corey called to say that he'd rearranged a meeting and was going to be able to come home a day early from his travels. He ended up having a busy morning in the office but was able to come home late in the afternoon and take Madeline and I out for a little dinner date. This time of year can be really busy in my husband's job so it was a nice little surprise to get the extra time together when we originally thought he wouldn't be getting home until late Friday evening this week.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Thursday Coffeetalk (and a rebrand)


If we were having coffee today, I would share that I have missed this space but also enjoyed a nice little hiatus over the Holidays. The past few months have been so busy for our family but in the very best ways. Madeline is really on the go these days - a running, skipping, walking, talking toddler who definitely gets her sassiness from her Daddy. We were so very busy over the holidays hosting several bunches of family and are only just now truly getting back into our regular routine thanks to a snow storm that caused us to miss a week of preschool.

Corey splurged and bought me a new laptop for Christmas. We hadn't planned to do big gifts since we have been in the middle of a renovation to our house (you can check it out in the highlight reel on Instagram) but he caught me in frustrated tears more than once trying to use my ancient one for work. However, it took me until now to get all set up and going on my new computer because it doesn't have a USB drive for me to move over and access all of my files. That makes me feel so old putting that out there in words but I got the adapter I needed and spent some time getting my things organized then getting caught up on essentials. Now, I'm ready to get caught up on this little fun space, too.