Friday, May 12, 2017

5 on Friday

one.
Corey and I are headed to St. John on Sunday for a little vacay. I have never been so I am excited to get away and export a new place. Also a little nervous to leave Madeline for that long because I've never been away from her for more than 3 days.

two.
With Mother's Day right around the corner, I picked out the most romantic gift for myself. I have asked for a Roomba. Haha! For a brief moment I considered upgrading my diaper bag to a nice tote, getting a stamped necklace with Madeline's initials, or a spa day. But then practicality got the best of me. Anyone else have a super furry dog that requires you to vacuum every.single.day? Just me?

three. 

I ordered these cute Jacks on sale the other day. I just love that Jacks go with everything and that the cute bow on this pair is a little something different from the standard Navajo.  I also have this cute pair of baby Jacks for Madeline. She had a pair last year and I loved them so much that I reordered for this year also. 


four. 

I picked up a couple cute bikinis from Target online for my trip like this faux wrap one and this cute scalloped one. I also got this crochet one piece that I am excited about. I wore a super modest suit last year since I was newly postpartum and nursing but after lots of working out and proper nutrition, I'm ready to part ways with the mom suit.

five. 

Mamas, this one is for you. In honor of Mother's Day, my teammate and I are offering a free 7-day Busy Mama Bootcamp. The ladies in our last two bootcamps have gotten some incredible results so I am excited to offer a little taste of what they are like for free. All info and application here


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Easter 2017


During my little blog hiatus, we celebrated Easter with our family. This was Madeline's second Easter but her first was honestly a blur. It was during her fussy, colicky no-sleep phase so I hardly remember it. This year, though, was so much fun. Madeline is at such a fun age. 

 

We started the morning off at home. The Easter Bunny came to visit Madeline and brought her these hide and squeak eggs, some Daniel Tiger toys, a stuffed bunny, and some cute bunny ears from the Target Dollar Spot.


Madeline was mostly obsessed with the fake grass in her basket. I ordered this cute Easter basket from the hospital when I was in labor and plan to set it out with her on Easter Eve each year. 


No make-up and messy hair but I couldn't resist sharing this picture of our little bunny. We watched an Easter service on TV this year while our little one played and took her morning nap.


Then we all got dressed for brunch at our club. Madeline and I wore the Lilly hibiscus stroll dresses we got in the after party sale last year. 


My parents and mother in law joined us at the club for brunch and Madeline was tickled to have all her grandparents in one place. 


She met the Easter Bunny and thanked him for her basket. I think he was better received than Santa back during Christmas. 


After brunch, Madeline participated in the egg hunt. She actually kind of got the hang of it and enjoyed putting the eggs in her tiny little basket.


This is one of my favorite pictures because this is definitely not her basket! Haha!


This was the best attempt at a family picture. We enjoyed celebrating such a special day with our girl.


We made it home in time for Madeline's afternoon nap and then enjoyed playing outside in the 
afternoon. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thursday Coffee Talk

I didn't mean to take such a little hiatus from the blog. Things have been busy around here and I have lots of fun things to share soon.

We've been having lots of fun with our girl, including a family picnic on Easter weekend. Madeline loves playing outside, swinging on the swings, and eating so this was pretty much her dream activity.

We had a great Easter. I'll probably do a full post on it next week. She was so young last Easter that it was kind of a blur but this one was super fun.

Corey and I leave for St. John in less than two weeks so I have been doing lots of working out to get ready.

Madeline got a sandbox from my parents for Easter so she has enjoyed playing outside and its a super fun way to spend the afternoon.

There's been a lot of healthy eating while I was away.

And some splurges too. I'm such a sucker for a charcuterie tray and the one from Dilworth Tasting Room did not disappoint. 

This super unfortunate incident happened. A blogger and online business owner's worst nightmare. Here's to hoping the genius bar can pull the hard drive.

More outside fun with my girl. We've enjoyed lots of play dates and park time with the weather being a great temperature. Charlotte has also had lots of rain recently so that has given me some time for work, too. 

Happy Thursday!

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Madeline's First Birthday Party


It is hard to believe it has been nearly two months since we celebrated Madeline's first birthday. It was such a special day for our girl with lots of friends and family in town visiting and celebrating the occasion. Aunt Kate and Uncle Chris even flew in from San Francisco to celebrate. 


I started planning Madeline's birthday party months and months before. You can see this post for my inspiration and I purchased a lot of the decor second-hand on our local mom's resale group. This let me go all-out on pink and gold decor without it breaking the bank.


Corey, my mother in law, sister in law, her fiancé, and I ordered a pizza and decorated that Thursday night before the party. We enjoyed some family time on Friday, Madeline's actual birthday, and took her to a fun breakfast out and to ride in her new Cozy Coupe. I had my house cleaner come on Saturday morning. In retrospect, I would probably have her come Sunday morning after the party next time.


I ordered Madeline's cake and cupcakes from Publix at the recommendation of several moms in our neighborhood. They did a perfect job with decorating it to match the photo I brought in from Pinterest and everyone thought the cupcakes were moist and delicious. They were also so reasonably priced. I will definitely use Publix again for cake orders.


I used my Cricut to make Madeline's cake topper and the little cupcake toppers. The ones of her in a party hat were my favorite project and they were such a big hit.


She, of course, loved the cake as well and had such a fun time digging in and clapping her hands at how delicious she thought it was.


For appetizers, I served homemade guacamole (recipe from the old school days of this blog), salsa, a veggie tray, pigs in a blanket, and my mom brought a cheese and relish tray. I also set out cheerios and puffs in these cute cups for Madeline's littlest guests. 


We decorated with framed pictures of Madeline's first year all around the house. We used the champagne frames from our wedding that have been sitting in storage ever since. We also set up a fun little photo booth. The props were hand me downs from another mom. 


I found Madeline's dress at Janie and Jack and loved the cute, pleated look. I didn't want to do something first birthday specific so she could wear it again. I did get her this tiny birthday hat and I loved it. $7 well spent, if you ask me. 


Probably my favorite decoration was the monthly photo banner. Getting those pictures was a labor of love after eight months but I am so glad I have them. I mean, just look at home much she changed! More first birthday photoshoot pictures here and newborn photos and birth story here





Corey cooked barbecue on the Big Green Egg all night and I made cole slaw and macaroni and cheese. Corey's mom brought baked beans and my mom brought her famous potato salad and deviled eggs so this provided a full meal for all our guests but wasn't too much work since it was well divided up.


Madeline had a great time playing with all of her friends and eating all the food. She and her little friends enjoyed playing in the water table and sliding on the toddler slide, which we set up inside for the party. 


The party lived up to all of my Pinterest dreams but I will definitely look forward to doing something smaller next year! Haha! Cleaning up was a little exhausting but I passed the decorations along to a fitness coaching client of mine to use for her daughter's birthday next month so I am happy they will continue to get use. 


For favors, we used these cute little bags from Target's dollar aisle with bubbles from Dollar Tree inside for her tiny friends to take home.


The celebrations continued on to Sunday when she opened her gifts and played with all her new toys. It was a great way to celebrate her first year and we sure are thankful for this precious girl. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Coffee + Conversation


Happy Monday morning. This is Spring Break for our local school district so we are looking forward to a slower-paced week around here since I have this week off of tutoring and Madeline's music class.   I'm definitely not hating that. 


Corey was out of town for a friend's bachelor party this weekend so I took advantage and went out for  girls' night on Friday. I wore my favorite lace top that for some reason Corey hates but I just love, love, love. I met a few girlfriends at Foxcroft Wine Company and we enjoyed a light dinner, a couple glasses of wine, and several hours of catching up.


Then, on Saturday, I got my workout in (22 Minute Hard Corps) and got showered and dressed to take Madeline to meet a friend for an Easter festival. She did not participate in the egg hunt because I was terrified she would be trampled but she enjoyed a nice picnic lunch outside, some strawberry ice cream, and friend time.


On Saturday evening she enjoyed her last bottle. I am not sad to put the million Dr. Brown's pieces away for good but I am a little sad that she is growing up so fast. I have really loved giving her her bottle every night. We slowly switched to sippy cups starting around 10 months but I hung on to this bedtime bottle. This girl loves her ba-ba so I was really worried about the transition affecting her sleep or it breaking her heart when she didn't get her bottle last night. Well, it didn't phase her at all. It was absolutely harder on me.


After she went to bed on Saturday, I tested out these two products. I've never used the R+F tanner before but I had had my nails done with this polish several times. I loved them both. I've tested out a lot of new beauty products lately so I'll share a round-up soon.


Corey arrived home early Sunday morning. Then, we headed to a local nursery to pick out some flowers for our front porch. Madeline and I got the ferns at Lowe's on Friday. When we came home, he played with Madeline and put her down for her nap while Riley and I removed the dead mums from the planters (yep, they were still there) and replaced them with pretty spring plants. I am loving this little spring refresh to our porch. 


Anyone feel like this? Last month's free Crockpot + Clean Eating challenge was such a huge success. This month I am offering a 14 day free ab challenge - just in time for summer and swimsuit season. It will focus on nutrition and daily core exercises. Let me know in the comments if you are interested in joining - just make sure the reply feature is on or you leave an email address.