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.

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.