Thursday, May 26, 2016


laughing at the moments when addison gives kisses to amelia. they're always big sloppy hard ones and amelia's face in the above photo is proof enough about what she thinks of them.

watching addison in constant awe of andrew these days.

eating all the avocado.

celebrating one of my best friends bridal shower in wisconsin this past weekend.

looking forward to her bachelorette party next weekend!

drinking all the gatorade and water and mother's tea.

enjoying our daily walks, even if it's becoming harder and harder to keep addison sitting in the stroller.

thinking about the giant black mark on my toe from the stitches that were taken out last week.

thankful that these toe surgeries don't put me out very long but

hoping that this will be my last one considering it's the third surgery in three years.

moving on from that talk though.

reading let's just say it wasn't pretty (i <3 diane keaton) and

next up on my reading list is hustle, believe, receive.

still listening to me before you but i've only got ninety minutes left so that will likely get done on our walk today.

excited to hear about netflix eventually adding in all the disney movies!

watching nothing in particular right now but when i do turn the tv on it's to watch love it or list it.

recommending young and hungry if you need a new netflix show. it was very good and very quick.

crying i'm laughing so hard at this video because i can totally relate if you change the panda to a child.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


yes. you read that correctly. i spent four hours driving down to florida by myself with two babies in the back so that i could turn around the next morning with the girls and come straight back home. i didn't even have time to take out my nikon we were there and gone so quick. it wasn't what we planned but sometimes things happen and you have to go with your gut and what makes the most sense.

but those 16 hours we were there. there were good good memories made. we stayed in the most adorable cottage that was right across the street from the beach. there was a pool about twenty steps from the door. we were on the first floor so we just rolled the stroller right in the door when we were done using it.

we swam in the pool when we got there. we had pizza and cheesey bread delivered for dinner. we took a walk on the beach to catch the sunset and it was the most perfect sky ever. and then the next morning as andrew was helping me pack up the car to come back home, the girls and i snuck away to the beach again to soak it all in. for selfish reasons, i looked out to the ocean and whined to myself "do we really have to go?". and as i was watching the kids out there bright and early with there shovels and pails, i knew addison would have had so much fun if we could just stay. but that girl. she was so terribly sick and it would have been hard. so at eight o'clock in the morning, we waved goodbye to andrew (he had to stay there for work for the week) and we hunkered in for another four hour drive.

next month though. we shall try again next month.

Monday, May 9, 2016


one of my favorite things about having a baby in our home is being able to create a place of tranquility and peacefulness. a place to retreat with the baby when the rest of the house looks like a tornado swept through it and there are more colors of kid toys than a toy-r-us store. a place to sit and rock and hum and sing quietly and just be.

these are all the things i had in mind when we started on amelia's bedroom and even though there are still some things on the wishlist (a nice big rug in the middle and some pretty drapes to flutter on the windows), this is where we are with her nursery and i'm more than satisfied with how it turned out. it's a simple space with simple but feminine decor and the soft pinks with the gold is exactly the perfect amount of girlie for our dear sweet amelia.

below i've included the sources of things pictured above in case you're interested :)

crib: ikea
dresser: old dresser restored
mirror: target
animal prints: the animal print shop
white frames: target
flower print with gold frame: oh joy for target
floor baskets: homegoods
pink and gold tassel: lovegarlands etsy shop
glider: amazon (similar at target)
crib sheet: target (old)
stuffed animals in crib: gifted from family
gold dot wall decals: land of nod
giraffe: similar found at pottery barn
marble shelf: cb2
gold moccasins: gifted but similar found here
stuffed bunny: anthropologie
pink dot piggy bank: tiffany's (gifted)

Sunday, May 8, 2016


i had to share this song and this video because it's so many thoughts and feeling and emotions all wrapped up in a song- my kids are truly the greatest gift i have ever been given in my life, they are my world- get your tissues, sweetest song ever!

Thursday, May 5, 2016


as we're entering the warmer season, i rounded up a few of my favorite tops for any of you nursing mamas out there. it can be hard to find cute tops that are friendly for feeding your baby so i thought i'd share some of my favorites!

i own three of these linen shirts and they make nursing so easy because they're soft and drapey and i can easily tuck amelia right underneath without worrying about a coverup in public.

the button ups always make it much easier. plus i wear my chambray button up tank with everything.

a zipper on the top would be so easy for a quick feeding at night when it's just a bit cooler out don't you think? i just adore this poncho.

rompers are so cute for summer and they're so easy to feed your baby too.

this tank has a such a swing bottom, i feel like it would make the perfect tank to nurse in.

i have this thing for denim. and buttons. and it's not going anywhere anytime soon. because this dress is just so on point. i bought mine monday and it's already been worn. twice ;) #notsorry

Saturday, April 30, 2016


what are you up to this weekend? as i mentioned earlier this week, i finished watching the gilmore girl series and still haven't found a new show that i'm hooked on yet so i'll be fishing around on netflix and hulu for a new night time series. probably getting some cleaning of the house done too since andrew is at last coming home on sunday. have a good one and in the meantime, here are a few links i've been loving lately...

great for keeping your fitness on track and cute.

pretty much want it all for my girls.

my spouse it not my best friend.

pineapple breakfast bowls.

making this next week for dinner.

cute roundup of kiddo swimsuits.

loving this rashguard for me for the summer.

time to stop hugging your dog?

would you call someone a girl boss?

pretty shower curtains.

how often do you call your mom? this video made me laugh.

photo by ben wagner.

Thursday, April 28, 2016


andrew is out of town this week for work and i didn't think it would be too bad. i have lots of things planned with the girls and fun things to do, projects to work on and plenty to do on my list. but yesterday. oh man. sometimes kids just know exactly what buttons to press and they did just that. after bath time, i threw their pajamas on, brushed addison's teeth and they went straight to bed. usually we do a few books and rocking and whatnot but that just didn't happen. i put addison in bed with a book and she was perfectly content to read by herself until she fell asleep. let's just say i had a glass of wine in my hand before her head even touched the pillow (which is actually non-existent because she hates pillows and throws it out of her bed every night before she crawls in). and i watched the last few episodes of the Gilmore Girls season. pretty much cried the entirety of the last two shows too. because #hormones got me like whoa.

what are y'all watching on netflix/hulu these days? i need some recommendations for my next show!

also another hit my head against a wall moment came this afternoon when i realized that addison's school semester is over in three weeks and i never signed her up for the summer enrollment. and of course, they're not enrolling kids anymore because every other mom has their shiz together and the program is full. so. there's that.

what else...

i'm obsessed with the white chocolate mocha packets they're now selling in stores. i'm proud to say i haven't hit the starbucks drive thru every time i go out now.

i did manage to go to the library with amelia yesterday and we picked up some super great books. i've been really wanting to get the kinfolk home book but don't want to spend the extra money and they ended up having it at the library! i wasn't even looking for was practically looking for me. and yes i scooped it up instantly. i left the library juggling nine books- five for me, four for addison (because since it was one of those days obviously i left my library bag at home) and a baby that was clutching onto my shirt for dear life. i'm sure i had the biggest spring in my step too because i am in love with all the books i found and i know i'll end up renewing them at least the three times that i can before having to return them.

this is my seventh week of doing the 22 minute hard corps program. i can truthfully say i've never in my life stuck to a program of working out six days a week for eight weeks straight until now. i didn't think i'd have it in me to do it everyday either since i never have before but wow. it makes me feel incredible to see the progress that i'm making. during week one, i couldn't do a burpee or a push up if my life depended on it. now, i can not only do both burpees and push ups but i can keep up with the people on the dvd. hooray!!!

i'd say that's probably enough random nonsense for today. sorry for wasting your time with the most all over post ever.

better luck tomorrow.
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