08.30.2016

The Utility Jacket

utility jacket, itsy bitsy indulgences

Last Thursday, after a long + hot start to the week, temperatures dropped slightly and there was a breezy breeze in the air. I made soup for lunch and comfortably wore jeans (although, those two together weren’t necessarily the best… I mean, it wasn’t that cool out…)… and couldn’t help but feel a tinge of excitement for fall. So, as I packed for our 24 hour jaunt to LA on Saturday, I decide to toss in one of my favorite fall pieces, the utility jacket….

After waking up from a fun evening (a few glasses of champagne if you will), we decided to get an early start (not that we really have a choice with little miss…) and head out to breakfast. It was slightly overcast and in the low 70’s…. yet supposed to warm into the mid 80’s (which typically means high 80’s in weather forecaster terms…). I opted for my go-to jeans, favorite slides, and this flowy white top. I knew the jacket would be the perfect layering piece… it’s lightweight enough so I wouldn’t swelter, yet warm enough in case my iced chai tea latté gave me a chill (unlikely, but hey, I can dream right?). It was the perfect comfortable, laid back look for a quick morning breakfast + tea before heading back home.

Some other great utility jacket options include this slouchy option (love the shape), this one that comes in 3 different colors, and this drawstring option which make sit super cute unzipped. It’s a perfect go-to, casual, everyday piece that should be in every gal’s closet!

{Outfit Details || Top (c/0) | Jacket | Jeans | Sandals | Bag | Hat | Sunglasses | Necklace | Bralette}

utility jacket, itsy bitsy indulgences

utility jacket, itsy bitsy indulgences

utility jacket, itsy bitsy indulgences

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cold shoulder tank, itsy bitsy indulgences

cold shoulder tank, itsy bitsy indulgences

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cold shoulder tank, itsy bitsy indulgences

utility jacket, itsy bitsy indulgences

08.29.2016

Weekend Recap: A Little Self-Care

lavender salon, itsy bitsy indulgences {A Friday morning blow-out at Lavender Salon}

Last week was a long week, and by Friday I was exhausted. I’m not sure what made it particularly tiring, it was just one of those weeks where I thought Monday was Wednesday and Wednesday was Friday… you know, always a few days ahead of myself. Never good. I think I felt that for the past few weeks I had been running around, all just to stay afloat… not necessarily get ahead. Anyway, despite that, Friday was welcomed with a visit to a new blow-dry bar. I disconnected for an hour, had lavender oils placed around me while my hair was washed, and enjoyed an amazing blow-out and style by my cute little stylist. When I left, I was rejuvenated and felt like a new person (maybe that was because I had gone a week without washing my hair…. should I admit that??).

On my drive home, as I blared Maroon 5 radio, I got to thinking. When I would meet with my client’s mothers, I would have countless conversations with them about the importance of self care. Of course, I was, at that time, without child, and therefore the statement, “easier said than done,” was fairly accurate. My conversations typically focused on their inability to manage the stress that life (particularly their child) threw at them, because their own personal bucket was empty. Since becoming a mother myself, I have a greater understanding of where they were coming from. When I’m not feeling taken care of (and I mean by myself… hence the “self” care title) I’m not able to be 100% there. So, when Wednesday rolled around, I knew that I needed to do a little something for myself. I called my momma, and she gladly agreed to watch little miss (and try the bottle again… and she had success…) while I took a couple hours to myself. I went into the weekend feeling good….

I guess the purpose of all of this is to say that I’m going into this week a little more mindful of the need to take small self inventories… ask for help when needed, and not focus so much on checking things off the to-do list at the sacrifice of myself. So, here’s to a week of practicing self-care friends! xx

alfred tea room, itsy bitsy indulgences

alfred tea room, itsy bitsy indulgences

alfred tea room, itsy bitsy indulgences {Headed to LA for the weekend and made a long anticipated trip to Alfred Tea Room… twice. If you go be sure to try their almond milk boba chai tea latte and kombucha on tap. So. Good. So. Pink.}

gracias madres, itsy bitsy indulgences

gracias madre, itsy bitsy indulgences

gracias madre, itsy bitsy indulgences {Lunch at a favorite Mexican spot (all plant based) Gracias Madre. I had the Dos Bowl with a house margarita…. but really, everything is amazing.}

Larchmont Bungalow, itsy bitsy indulgences {Sunday breakfast at Larchmont Bungalow was delish…. tried out the organic quinoa breakfast bowl…. it came with a side of bananas.}

I pretty much indulged big time this weekend (think duck carnitas) so it’s back to clean eating and good workouts. I’m thinking this zoodle + meatball dish might be on the menu this week… and for those nights when I’m wanting a little something sweet, these paleo pumpkin bars (I pretty much made these all season last year!).

I’m pretty much ready for fall. That being said, the weather isn’t. We had a small glimpse of it this Saturday, where the temps were in the low 70’s and I was able to wear my new pink sweater (it was so cozy!). Now, it’s back in the 80’s, but that’s not stopping me from looking for fall clothing. Right now, I’m on the hunt for a good sleeveless sweater (and no, not the one my grandpa wears). I have my eye on this cream side slit version, pretty blue v-neck option, this open knit one, and this side slit olive one. Of course, I’m also looking at transitional sweaters (like I have for the past few weeks…) and stumbled across some great options. I love this off the shoulder white sweater (that also comes in black), this side slit lace sweater, rib knit lace up sweater in grey, stripe pointelle knit sweater, open knit pullover, and this gorgeous open knit cardigan that has just the right amount of fringe.

I’m also having a pink hue moment (blushes are my favorite…) and love this little peplum three quarter sleeve top, peplum tank, knot front tee, pink fedora, and this pink ombre dress.

I’ve also talked a lot about florals for fall, and I found these two beautiful floral dresses here + here. I love their shape, and think the colors are perfect for the fall months. I also found this adorable tie front casual dress, and think this ripped tee is a perfect everyday basic with a little edge. I’m also eyeing these amazing mules, and think this studded belt is a great accessory for a basic jeans and tee.

08.26.2016

Favorite Products August: Fashion, Baby, Food, + Beauty

This is always one of my favorite posts to write. I love finding products to elevate everyday living and I get equally excited to share them with you! Let me know if there are ever any items you’d like me to test out and report back on!

FASHION:

favorite products, itsy bitsy indulgences

1. Sweater: I first saw this gorgeous light pink sweater on-line, amongst other items. I noticed that Anthropologie has a new feature (similar to Nordstrom) where you can purchase on-line and pick the item up in store. For me, this feature is a lifesaver since I don’t always have a lot of time to peruse. So, I ordered two other tops and headed into the store to pick them up. Well, right as I walked in, this beauty was hanging on a rack. The color is so soft, the fit is perfectly oversized (but not too big… kind of that “lived in” look), and I knew it would be the perfect sweater for this coming fall.

2. Bri Bri Belt: I love this belt. It’s not cheap, but I think it’s the perfect addition to an otherwise basic outfit (and you all know how much I love basics). I’ve worn it with shorts, used it with a dress, and plan on wearing it all throughout the fall and winter months. I love the rose gold buckles… but think the gold is pretty too.

3. Hat: True confession: I’ve gone a week without washing my hair. So, hats are my best friend. Honestly, after waking up at 5:30, getting in my workout, making breakfast, nursing Harper, and doing floor time, I’m usually too tired to wash my hair with regular frequency. For those days where it’s becoming a little questionable as to whether or not it is appropriate to go another day, I rely on my hats. This was a new addition this month, and I can’t stop (won’t stop) wearing it. It was an investment, but the quality and color make it appropriate to wear into the cooler months. To be honest, all hats by Janessa Leone are amazing.

4. Straw Tote: I’ve worn this tote so many times on the blog (here, here, here) that I figured it deserved a spot here. What’s the big deal? I think its shape, white detailing, and its size make it the perfect everyday tote. I’ve already been brainstorming ways to make it fall appropriate…. because I just don’t think I’ll be ready to retire it!

5. Shashi Bracelets: I’ve been a fan of the brand for a while, but lately, since I’ve been doing the whole casual Saturday thing, I’ve been layering on a few of their bracelets and its made my outfit feel slightly more pulled together.

6. Romper: I came across this romper a while ago, but never purchased it. Then, when I was looking for something in between a dress and shorts/tee combo, I decided it was time to revisit this beauty. At the price point + quality, I thought it was perfect. It’s easy access for you nursing mommas too… simply pull the shoulder off and voilá! I plan on transitioning it into fall with a suede jacket (or leather) and some cute booties.

7. Mesh Tank: Another item that’s been on heavy rotation this month. I purchased the white one a while back for our trip to Hawaii, yet recently purchased the black color too. I think it’s a great item if you’re loving the athletaleisure trend (like me!). It’s also comfortable and airy to work out in… a multipurpose top!

8. High Waisted Leggings: These are, in one word, amazing. They hug in all the right places, are soft like velvet, and of great quality. I have two colors. I wear them all the time (even when it’s 90 degrees out.).

BABY:

favorite products, itsy bitsy indulgences

1. Humidifier: Little miss came down with a cough this past week, and we’ve been using this humidifier in her room. Its helped immensely, as she’s been able to sleep through the night without the cough disrupting her. In all honesty though, this was a shower gift, and one that we used before she arrived when I came down with a nasty cold. It’s small, effective, and I just love the color options.

2. Bath Toy: Girlfriend doesn’t like to be in the bath without a toy, and this one is her new jam. Just don’t take it away from her or she might get mad.

3. Carseat Cover: I wrote about this here, but as I’ve continued to use it over the course of the month I’ve loved it more. I like that she can sit in a highchair at a restaurant with us, and just the other day, on a Target outing, she was a big girl and sat in the cart.

4. Woven Wall Hanging: This is one of my favorite decor items in Harper’s room. When I was decorating her room, I knew I had to have a wall hanging, and this one was custom made just to my liking. It’s well crafted and just the perfect size for her room.

5. Headwraps:  We pretty much never leave the house without a head wrap…. and the options from Kkrza are endless. She has the cutest prints and styles for any outfit or occasion.

FOOD PRODUCTS:

favorite products, itsy bitsy indulgences

1. Vital Proteins Collagen: I can’t wait to share more on this item in the next few weeks (think recipes) but I swear it has assisted in the slowing of hair loss, as well as the regrowth. I just received the vanilla and chocolate flavors and can’t wait to incorporate them into my daily rotation. I currently add it to my morning oatmeal.

2. Rice Cauliflower (available at Trader Joe’s): This is a game changer. I used it 3 times this past week. I made a soup with it, spanish rice, as well as a rice with herbs. Such a great way to get in some tasty veggies!

3. Rice Seasonings: These pair perfectly with the above rice, and I’ve been using them like it’s no one’s business.

4. Epiphany Rosé: So, I tasted this rosé at the end of our last wine tasting trip, and knew I liked it, but wasn’t certain because I had tasted throughout the day. When we opened it up one Friday evening I was immediately bummed I didn’t buy more bottles. It’s crisp, refreshing, and pretty much amazing.

5. Bone Broth: I had heard so much about the benefits of bone broth and had been wanting to give it a try for a long time. When I was picking up items for dinner last Saturday, this company was offering samples. It was so good. We ended up buying a few packages of it and I’ve been cooking with it throughout the week. It’s flavorful and the health benefits are pretty amazing.

BEAUTY PRODUCTS:

favorite products, itsy bitsy indulgences

1. OPI Infinite Shine: I typically find a nail color and then wear it until I’m sick of it. So, the last time that happened, I stumbled across this color (You’re Blushing Again) in the infinite shine option. It lasted about 2 days longer than regular polish, and the shine is pretty fab.

2. Sally Hansen Insta Dry: This stuff dries super quick. Which is what I was looking for since I usually paint my nails Friday night after I put Harper down and pre-wine… and I need them to dry so I can sip my vino!

3. TULA Revitalizing Eye Cream: My under eye skin has been so dry lately. I had recently changed eye creams, and decided to go back to this one. My under eye skin immediately started to clear up….. I pretty much love TULA’s entire collection of products.

4. La Mer Creme de La Creme: Ok, so when you’re wedding dress shopping they always tell you not to try on a dress outside your budget because you’ll fall in love with it and nothing will compare. They should tell you the same for skin moisturizer. I received this as a sample, and fell in love with it. The texture is amazing (I can’t even find the words for it) and it leaves my skin glowing. I’m pretty much hoarding the last bits because I’m pretty sure this isn’t in my budget.

5. Living Proof Dry Shampoo: Remember when I mentioned that I haven’t washed my hair in a week? Well, it was all made possible by this dry shampoo. I don’t use it often, but when I do, this is my go to. I love the smell, and it adds some pretty great volume to dirty hair!

6. Laura Mercier Blush: I took a break from this shade (spiced cider) for a few moths and recently returned to it. I love this line of blushes. The pigments are gorgeous, and a little goes a long way!

08.25.2016

A Few Stripes + A Little Fringe

off the shoulder top, itsy bitsy indulgences

My favorite combination, hands down, is a trusted pair of jeans and a cute top. There is something effortless and simple about it that I can’t resist. It’s a combination I turn to again and again on a beautiful summer day, where the temps are in the mid 80’s, and there is a mild breeze in the air.  On this particular day, those were the conditions. There weren’t any big plans in the schedule, except a quick lunch and a visit to Pressed Juicery for a little vanilla freeze (#addict). So, I opted for one of my go-to pairs of jeans and a little striped off the shoulder number.

Wanting to incorporate a little bit of fall, I grabbed this fringe bag. I’m still loving all things fringe, and can’t wait to pull out some of my favorite items this fall. At the risk of looking like a cowgirl, I typically keep my “fringe” accessorizing to one piece at a time! I recently purchased this fringe tank and plan on wearing it through the end of summer with shorts and jeans, and then transitioning it into fall with a suede jacket. I am also eyeing these fringe booties and think the lighter color is so pretty. The subtle fringe on this bag makes it a perfect everyday option…. so, I guess despite my love of a mild summer day, I would welcome fall temps whenever they decide to appear!

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{Outfit Details || Top (c/o) (good quality, wearing a S) | Jeans (similar since I distressed mine more) | Bag (c/o) | Hat | Sunglasses | Hana Necklace (c/o) | Pendant Necklace}

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off the shoulder top, itsy bitsy indulgences

hana necklace, itsy bitsy indulgences

brixton hat, itsy bitsy indulgences

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fringe cleobella bag, itsy bitsy indulgences

fringe cleobella bag, itsy bitsy indulgences

08.24.2016

Wellness Wednesday: What I Ate For 5 Days Based On Last Week’s Grocery List

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As a new mom, planning  meals isn’t always easy. The list of obligations is long, and for me, sometimes the thought of preparing meals is yet another thing to add to the list. Yet, like I shared last week, I’ve found that if I purchase the items I know I love, I can typically come up with a few good lunches + dinners that are sure to leave me (and TJ) satisfied.  In last week’s post,  I shared how I meal plan and the groceries I buy on a weekly basis… so, today, I decided to show how that list comes together to provide us with a nutritious and delicious meal. I typically try to incorporate some fruits and vegetables at every meal, and pick a protein based on what my body is craving. I’m a sweet potato lover, so you’ll see a lot of them… probably almost daily… as I think they are an excellent, natural, and tasty supplier of carbohydrates… and the cooking options with them are limitless. I always have some kind of treat at the end of the day… and I typically find myself having tastes here and there, throughout the day, of my favorite protein bar, granola, or fruits. I’m always trying to add items to my grocery list and change up the meals, so I may be sharing another one of these in a few weeks.

And… since I’ve pretty much been living in activewear on Saturdays, I decided to share with you some new favorites. After a long run on Saturday mornings, we typically head out for a tasty breakfast and an afternoon of exploring. So, I typically freshen up a little (using these) + toss on my favorite leisure outfit, and head out the door. These leggings are a new favorite… I love the side pocket and the detailing makes them unique…. and this tank…. well, it’s perfectly stretchy and comfy… all which makes the combo a perfect Saturday getup (all outfit details after meal plan)

meal plan, itsy bitsy indulgences {Lunch on Day 1}

Monday:

Breakfast: Oatmeal + 1/2 banana, 1/4 chopped perfect bar, a dash of cinnamon (in the boiling water, I add 1 scoop of vital proteins collagen)
Snack: Kombucha (Strawberry Serenity flavor)
Lunch: 1/2 spaghetti squash (seasoned with a little olive oil, pepper, sea salt, dill), sautéed spinach + tomatoes, 3 slices of organic turkey with carrots (pictured above)
Snack: 1 small sweet potato, 1/4 cup raspberries, 1 tsp peanut butter (I mash the peanut butter with the sweet potato and it’s absolutely delicious)
Dinner: Zucchini noodles sautéed with tomatoes + baked salmon filet (seasoned with lemon juice, sea salt, pepper, + dill)
Dessert: Pressed Juicery

Tuesday:

Breakfast: Same as Monday (it’s really my favorite!)
Snack: Kombucha + some granola
Lunch: 1 can of tuna, diced tomatoes, shredded carrots, chopped cucumber, massaged kale (olive oil + lemon) all tossed in a bowl with a side of carrots
Snack: Smoothie
Dinner: Cauliflower fried rice (sautéed with edamame, shredded carrots, bell peppers, cashews, soy sauce <I used low sodium, GF option>) with 2 runny eggs on top
Dessert: Popcorn

Wednesday:

Breakfast: 2 runny eggs + Asparagus + side of fruit (strawberries, raspberries, watermelon)
Snack: Kombucha
Lunch: 1 medium sweet potato (topped with hummus), massaged kale (in olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt, + pepper), sautéed squash
Snack: Banana, spinach, fig smoothie (with vital proteins collagen)
Dinner: Cauliflower rice (mexican style with this mixture), shrimp, beans, sautéed bell peppers + onion w/ some guacamole (homemade)
Dessert: Pressed Juicery Freeze

meal plan, itsy bitsy indulgences {Wednesday’s Dinner}

Thursday:

Breakfast: Back to oatmeal (I can’t stay away too long)
Snack: Kombucha
Lunch: Shredded chicken (boiled, then shredded) tossed with spinach + bell peppers (used salsa verde as a dressing)
Snack: bowl of berries with some granola
Dinner: Ground Turkey, sweet potato noodles (sautéed in chicken broth, sea salt, pepper, + garlic), black beans, avocado
Dessert: Popcorn

Friday:

Breakfast: Oatmeal… again (It’s typically what I crave when I wake up)
Snack: Kombucha
Lunch: Sautéed zuchinni noodles, spinach, + heirloom tomatoes with organic turkey slices with a side of fruit.
Snack: Sweet potato snack (seen on Monday)
Dinner: Take-out (we always do take-out on Friday): Ahi Poké bowl with extra seaweed salad (it’s my fav!)
Dessert: Pressed Juicery + 2 glasses of rosé

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{Outfit Details || Leggings (come in 3 colors, I’m wearing an XS) | Tank (4 color options, so comfortable) | Jacket | Sandals | Bag | Sunglasses}

athlete activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

athlete activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

athlete activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

athlete activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

athleta activewear, itsy bitty indulgences

athlete activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

athleta activewear, itsy bitsy indulgences

08.23.2016

Transitional Dress

fall dress, itsy bitsy indulgences

That summer to fall transition can be hard. One day it’s chilly, the next, scorching (well, at least in Southern California). My solution, when I was younger, was to wear tights under my shorts (#stylish). Since that’s not really an acceptable option these days, I opt to weave in bits of fall pieces here and there. A long sleeve top with a pair of cut-offs. A felt fedora with jeans and a tank. Or, a leather jacket topping a summer dress. One of my favorites? Pairing a cute little pair of booties with a flirty boho dress.

As we make the transition to fall, and out of sandals, I’m loving flat booties as an alternative to sneakers and flats. Since they easily pair with jeans and dresses, they’re the perfect everyday option…. and these booties, which come in 3 color options,  are so comfortable I thought I was walking on air… and as little miss becomes more mobile (she’s already crawling all over the place), I’ll need comfort as I run around after her!

{Outfit Details || Dress (c/o) | Booties (c/o) | Bag | Sunglasses | Necklace | Harper’s Moccasins (such a great price with 3 color options!)}

fall dress, itsy bitsy indulgences

fall dress, itsy bitsy indulgences

fall dress, itsy bitsy indulgences

fall booties, itsy bitsy indulgences

baby moccasins, itsy bitsy indulgences

clare v. alice tote, itsy bitsy indulgences

fall dress, itsy bitsy indulgences

fall dress, itsy bitsy indulgences

fall dress, itsy bitsy indulgences

fall dress, itsy bitsy indulgences

fall dress, itsy bitsy indulgences

Thank you to Payless for sponsoring this post and making Itsy Bitsy Indulgences possible. All opinions expressed are my own. 

08.22.2016

Weekend Recap

salty doga, itsy bitsy indulgences {Summer sipping situation with some salty dogs (glasses, plate)}

This past week was a wild one. With TJ being out of town on business for all 5 days, Harper + I camped out at my parent’s house for the week. It was kind of enjoyable (well, actually, very much so)… my sister was home a few nights, and it was fun to be roommates again, even if we were 10 years older. With my mom being able to watch Harper in the wee hours of the morning, I was able to wake up early (read: 5am) to go to a Soul Cycle class and Core Power Yoga Sculpt class. I hadn’t been back since pre-pregnancy, and it felt so invigorating. Yet, despite all the help I received over the week, Friday was welcomed with open arms. TJ returned, and we settled into our usual weekend routine… a morning run, followed by a delicious breakfast, and a dinner with happy hour cocktails+ some rosé. I always feel reassured knowing that no matter how wild and strange a week can get, we still have our weekend routines which bring everything back to neutral. So….  here’s to welcoming whatever the week throws at me (because…. I always have the weekend!). Have a good one friends!

figs + peanut butter, itsy bitsy indulgences {Weekend toast game… figs + peanut butter… delish}

outpost kitchen, itsy bitsy indulgences {3 weeks in row…. I guess you could say we’re a little in love with Outpost Kitchen}

newport beach, itsy bitsy indulgences {Favorite palm lined street at Fashion Island}

janessa leone hat, itsy bitsy indulgences{Momma + babe weekend essentials (hat, bloomers c/o)}

I’ve been going a little crazy over on Pinterest lately, looking for some delicious healthy recipes. I found this detox lentil soup, this Coconut Stracciatella Vegan Ice Cream, and these flourless banana muffins.

On Friday night, while I waited for TJ to get home, I took a little time to peruse some of my favorite sites and added a bunch of items to my shopping cart (need to start pairing it down….). Free People has so many gorgeous options right now. I’m loving this ruffle tank in blue (but it comes in several color options), this cute ruffle tee in white, this gorgeous embroidered maxi dress (so pretty for fall), a simple and cozy henley top, and this lace inset camisole. I think their pieces are super versatile… they can be dressed up and down, and I always find myself reaching for them over and over again.

I found tons of great basics too, like this t-shirt dress (I’ll probably size up 1 for a looser fit), this striped tank, this pullover sweater, swing tee (which comes in 3 color options), a cold shoulder sweater, this adorable pink tee, this rib pocket tunic, pink peplum shirt (just ordered it and picking it up in store tomorrow!), this pink cocoon cardigan (hello cozy), and this super comfortable pullover (perfect for summer nights or fall days).

A few styles that are a little dressier, but still versatile, include this adorable off the shoulder striped top,  this textured white peplum blouse, my favorite silk top (I have 2 colors of these blouses and they are amazing), and this chiffon ruffle tank.

08.19.2016

A Memory Saver: Storing A Lifetime of Moments

hp computer, itsy bitst indulgences

I’ve always been a lover of photos. In the day of polaroids, I carried that bulky sucker around my neck and loved the immediate gratification of being able to see the image within minutes. Then, when film was all the rage, flimsy negatives and portraits overflowed in my closet. From snaps of middle school dances and high school bonfires with friends, you name it, I snapped it. When little miss arrived, I couldn’t help but reminisce over old family photo albums and note the similarities between Harper and me…. and the photos multiplied immensely… oh, she smiled! Snap. She’s lifting her head! Click. She’s wearing a cute headband! Click, Click. She blinked! Double snap… My hope is that, someday, she too will be able to pour over her childhood memories, much in the same way I am able to.

Yet, given my slightly fanatical love of capturing the moment, you can imagine how much digital space I have taken up over the past 6 years. With a wedding, European adventures, Hawaiian vacation, and the birth of little miss, I’ve basically run out of space everywhere. I have several external hard drives filled to capacity with every photo I’ve taken over the past several years. My dropbox account has been filled (and due to inactivity it was closed…. goodbye Cabo photos). I pretty much need more digital storage for my photos than I do for my tangible items (although, with a baby that need is catching up).

So, when I was given the option to try out HP’s new 17″ laptop, I jumped on the opportunity. I was immediately drawn to the storage…. 2 terabytes to be exact. That’s pretty much a digital-photo-obsessed gal’s dream. It would take me years to utilize that much digital storage. I’ve always experienced a delay in processing speed as my computer fills up with digital photos…. yet, as I began to upload my photos the speed did not diminish…. meaning I didn’t have to waste time that this new mamma doesn’t have waiting for my computer to work. A memory keeper that doesn’t waste my time? I’ll take it!

memories with hp, itsy bitsy indulgences

memories with hp, itsy bitsy indulgences

memories with hp, itsy bitsy indulgences

memories with hp, itsy bitsy indulgences

memories with hp, itsy bitsy indulgences

memories with hp, itsy bitsy indulgences

*Thank you to HP for sponsoring this post and making Itsy Bitsy Indulgences possible. All opinions expressed are my own. 

08.18.2016

Back To School Booties

booties, itsy bitsy indulgences

Every summer, before returning to school, my mom and I would head to the mall for a little back to school shopping. On the list were tees, leggings (typically the stirrup kind… remember those?), shoes, and an “of the moment” backpack (usually some kind of cartoon character… probably a Disney princess of sorts…). We did this year after year. Yet, one of my favorite memories has to be the year of the white cowgirl boots. I pretty much had to have them. My mom told me they would hurt my feet. I told her they wouldn’t (because, really, what do moms know anyway??….). She said ok. The first day of kindergarten I tucked my hot pink stirrup leggings into the boots and off I went (don’t forget the pink bow in the hair too…. I really should share this photo at some point). Well, mom was right. About mid-day she got a call from me. The boots hurt, could she bring me another pair of shoes?

Needless to say, I’ve learned a thing or two over the years about picking out the right pair of booties (I guess I learned from my mistakes). They have to be stylish, well made, and comfortable. If they hurt, they go back. Period.  So, when I found these peep-toed cuties from Payless I couldn’t have been happier. Not only are they super comfortable, but they pretty much go with anything. They’re well made, on trend, and comfortable… which fits all my criteria… basically making them perfect (oh, and the price is pretty great too!).

{Outfit Details || Top | Jeans (distressed mine more) | Booties (c/o) | Backpack (c/o) | Hat | Necklace | Pendant Necklace Sunglasses}

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distressed denim, itsy bitsy indulgences

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back to school booties, itsy bitsy indulgences

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08.17.2016

Wellness Wednesday: Meal Planning + My Weekly Grocery List

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I remember when I was in college, what I was going to eat really wasn’t an issue. Cheese quesadilla? Sure. Chicken and pasta? Why not. Midnight pizza run after a night out? I was right there with my girlfriends. When I graduated, some things changed, but it wasn’t until TJ and I got married, and I started a job that was 45 minutes away from home, that I really began to assemble something that looked like a grocery list and planned out dinners for the week. I would typically head to the grocery store Sunday afternoon, buy all the food we needed with a meal plan for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, and be set for the week….

Yet, all that sort of fell apart when I became pregnant. What sounded good on Sunday was more than 90% not going to sound appealing on Wednesday. Knowing that it was going to take more effort, I decided that I would drop the meal planning and just listen to my body’s cravings for the day. As I started to do this, a few things happened. I felt more satisfied with what I was eating, and I stopped wasting as much food…. we would often purchase too much food, thinking that’s what we wanted, and when plans changed (i.e. a work lunch we didn’t think we had, a change in evening plans, etc…), the food went to waste. Something I wasn’t happy about. At all.

So, when little miss arrived, I went back and forth with what to do. Go back to the old method, or continue this new, maybe more mindful way? Well, the later won… and I’ve been doing it for the past 7 months. I know that meal planning works for so many different people. The act of planning out each snack, lunch, and dinner for all days of the week can keep people on a healthy regime. Yet, for me personally, I find that I provide my body with a variety of nutrients when I don’t plan each meal out at the beginning of the week (that’s for me personally). All that being said, what I do on a weekly basis, is purchase a bunch of fruit, vegetables, organic and grass-fed meats, and healthy snacks…. then decide each day what we will have. I’ve found that by the end of the week, we’ve gone through all of the food, and I’ve provided my body with all different types of meals… all filling, nutritious, and what my body was craving (I usually purchase for Monday-Friday… we eat out frequently on the weekends and decide on dinner the day of).

So, today, I decided I would share what I purchase in a week. Once I have all of these items, I am able to come up with a tasty meal based on what TJ and I are wanting… and more often than not there is the mid-day text exchange to decide what sounds good for dinner… anyone else?

Shopping List For A Week Of Groceries 

Fruits:

Strawberries
Blueberries
Raspberries
Blackberries
Apples
Bananas
Pears
Lately, we’ve been buying peaches, watermelons, + figs since they are currently in season
Avocado
Tomatoes 

Vegetables:

Brussel Sprouts (Trader Joes + Whole Foods have options that have already been halved which helps to cut down on preparation time)
Spinach (Salads, Smoothies)
Kale (Salads, Smoothies)
Asparagus
Green Beans
Zucchini, Yellow Squash (I love to spiralize these and make noodle based dishes. I toss in a little olive oil, sea salt, pepper, garlic powder… and they’re pretty tasty)
Bell Peppers (Such a great snack option, also love them for fajitas)
Carrots (I’ve been loving the tri-colored kind… excellent roasted. I also love baby carrots for snacking)
Riced Cauliflower (I love the Trader Joes’ packets… super simple quick meal. I created a “fried rice” and  a Spanish rice mixture. Last night I even had it with a ton of good spices and herbs.)
Sweet Potatoes (I get the true white sweet potatoes, as they don’t get as mushy as yams… I love them whole, or roasted… sometimes I put them in a kale salad, and often times with dinner instead of rice.)
Spaghetti Squash 

Protein:

Organic Chicken
Organic Turkey Slices
Black Beans (and Amy’s Vegetarian Refried Beans… so.good.)
Salmon
Shrimp (love shrimp tacos)
Edamame
Typically have grass fed red meat on the weekends

Grains and Carbs: (I buy these if I am out of them, so not every week)

Rolled Oats (I love Trader Joes’)
Muesli (Trader Joes has a great option)
Sourdough or Whole Wheat Bread (Trader Joes’ Sourdough)

Snacks + Drinks:

Peanut Butter Perfect Bar
Square Bars
Kite Hill Dairy Free Yogurt
Purely Elizabeth Granola
Kombucha
Boom Chicka Popcorn
Banana Snacks
Hummus (Trader Joes’ Mediterranean option, or Hope Hummus has tons of great flavors)
Veggie Burger

* Spices, condiments, + cooking oils are purchased on an as needed basis (as in, “Oh Crap,” we ran out of them!).

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beyond yoga, itsy bitsy indulgences

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