Favorite Products June || Food, Beauty, Fashion

One of my favorite posts of the month… all my favorite products! There were a lot of new favorites this past month, and I hope you’ll love them just as much as I do. Would love to know if you end up trying any of them out and what your thoughts are!

Oh, and Happy Friday! We’re heading to Palm Springs this weekend for a little rest and relaxation, and I seriously can’t wait! I hope you all have a great one too!

**Apologies that the cardigan from yesterday’s post was linked incorrectly (and thank you to those who let me know!). It’s been corrected….

Vega Protein Powder: I was using the Vital Proteins Vanilla powder (not the flavorless kind) and it started to give me some stomach problems. So, I recently switched to this powder and I am obsessed. The taste is so good, it doesn’t bother my stomach, and I love tossing it in my new favorite smoothie. It’s a game changer for sure.

Wild Friends Almond Butter: Um, this stuff is delicious. It has the slightest roasted almond flavor and I seriously can’t get enough of it. I love putting it on my protein waffles, in my smoothies, or on a banana as an afternoon snack.

Vita Coco Coconut Water: I’m not a huge fan of coconut water solo, but I bought this brand to mix in my smoothies for the hydrating benefits and am kinda loving the taste it gives them…. for some reason it makes them feel more refreshing than almond milk (which is what I typically use).

Chosen Foods Avocado Oil:  I’ve been using this avocado oil spray non-stop. I spray it on salads and use it when I am sautéing or roasting sweet potatoes (spray on them instead of coat in olive oil). It imparts such a great, mild flavor.

Lentil Pasta: Another one of my favorites for the month. I never thought of lentils as pasta, but it’s seriously so good. We mix it in with our zucchini noodle nights for a little extra (I mix in about 1/2 a cup) and it takes the meal to a completely different level.

La Croix Sparkling Water: I know, what’s the difference between this stuff and any other kind of sparkling water, right? I swear, it’s super refreshing, and it’s flavored naturally (nothing artificial). I’m a huge fan of mixing it with cocktails (as seen in this post) and it comes in so many great flavors.

Coola Suncare BB + Cream: (c/o) I used to wear a tinted moisturizer all the time. Then I stopped (I don’t know why). I recently tried this one, and really like it. I’ve worn it under my regular foundation, solo with some bronzer and blush for a low key make-up day, and solo as my sunscreen under a hat. It leaves a glowing finish, which I tend to be a huge fan of.

Mineral LipLux: (c/o) There is nothing I hate more than chapped or sunburned lips. This stuff adds a hint of natural color, while both protecting and nourishing your lips…. along with being SPF30. I’ve been wearing it several times a week as a neutral lip color. I’m a fan of the Bonfire shade.

Mer-Sea & Co Hand + Foot Balm: I’m obsessed with how luxurious this product feels. I use it on my feet, after intense runs, and it makes them feel so smooth.

Huarache Sandals:  These are quite possibly the best $22 investment I’ve made all summer. They’re padded which makes them really comfortable. I’ve pretty much worn them everyday since I got them (so, the past 7 days). They come in three colors, and trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Eyelet Top: This top is the best for both a casual and dressed up look. It’s super versatile, and I love it front tucked into my favorite high waisted shorts. The little ruffles and eyelet detailing make it perfectly feminine for summer. It’s also currently on sale!

Distressed Tank: In a complete contrast to the last top mentioned, this one is distressed and oversized. Which I love. I’ve been spending a lot of time at the beach and pool with little miss, and have been front knotting it and tossing it on over my suit with a pair of shorts. It comes in three colors, and I wear a bralette underneath.

Flutter Skirt: I actually own this skirt in the white and hibiscus colors. It went on sale and I was able to get both for the price of one… all that aside, it’s such a fun skirt for summer. I wore the hibiscus color to a fun event down at the beach with these studded sandals and this tank front knotted. It’s incredibly comfortable, and makes you want to dance (seriously). I can easily dress it up or down with a flat sandal or block heel. I typically buy one to two skirts each summer, and I for sure found a fun keeper.

Outdoor Voices Blush Leggings: These are amazing. They hug in all the right places, and the color is my favorite. I wear them running, hiking, spinning, and when I do my Tone It Up workouts. To say I’m obsessed would be an understatement. I also purchased this sports bra with them and have been wearing it non-stop (with washes in between of course).

Bodysuit: I bought this for a girlfriend’s birthday, but ended up wearing a different outfit. So, I saved it for my sister’s bachelorette party. I only own two bodysuits, but after this one, think I need more. I’ve always been a fan of tucking in my shirt, and this just takes it to the next level. The ruffles make it feminine, and wearing it with high waisted shorts is super cute. For undergarments, I toss on these little petals.

Embroidered Off The Shoulder Top: This was an impulse buy when it was on temporary sale for $30… and I immediately wore it the next day. It’s off the shoulder, not the easiest with little miss, but manageable… and it was just too cute to pass up. The embroidery detail is subtle, and when paired with the stripe print it makes for the perfect summer top. I’m also a huge fan of this gingham off the shoulder top, which is currently $20!

Short Crescent Necklace: I was in Gorjana earlier this week, and picked up a few new accessories and this was one of them. The smaller crescent shape, and shorter necklace, make it a perfect layering piece. I’ve worn it everyday since and layer it with my favorite initial necklace……

Gold Lariat Necklace: annnnd, this is the other piece I snagged. It’s pretty much a three in one necklace. I have the option to wear it long, or cinch it up for a shorter look. The look that is my favorite though is wearing it backwards with the beads in front, sweeping just above the chest (I’ll style it soon, since I know I’m not explaining it well….). Bottom line, when you dress as basic as I do, simple gold accessories (I actually got this one in rose gold) help to make any outfit look pulled together.

Lace-up Sweatshirt: One of my favorite things is dinning al fresco during the summer months. Good conversation, a glass of rosé, and delicious food makes for the quintessential summer evening. Yet, I get chilly, so this lace up sweatshirt is such a great option to keep me warm. It’s slightly oversized, which equates to extreme comfort in my book. It will also (eventually) transition into the cooler months. I’m also slightly obsessed with this graphic sweatshirt…. I mean, I feel as if it is calling my name.

White Ruffle One Shoulder Top: This top comes in so many great color options, but of course, I chose the white. Another dress up or down option…. can be worn casually during the day, or dressed up for an evening out. The one shoulder option is a more functional option than the off the shoulder look, and this one is a fun option for summer!


Summer Date Nights

A few years ago, I tried wearing shorts for date night. We were heading down to the beach, to our favorite sushi spot on the water, and it was a warm summer evening. Jeans just didn’t seem fit for the occassion, so I tossed on a pair of shorts and heels…. When I looked in the mirror, the shorts and heels immediately came off, and I tossed on the jeans. Then we left. It wasn’t a good look. Fast forward a few years, to several weeks ago, when the temps were too unbearable to even entertain the thought of jeans for a quick evening out. I decided to try the whole shorts for date night thing again… this time, balancing out proportions with a low block heel mule and longline crochet fringe cardigan.

Back when I failed miserably at my first attempt, I didn’t really have anything between a high stiletto heel and flat sandal. Now, my wardrobe consists of the beautiful low block heel. The perfect height for any gal who wants a sandal that will work for any occassion. I love the muted blush tone of this fringe option, and also wear my studded ones all the time. These lace up sandals, as well as these low block heel strappy sandals are two other great options. Yet, when I’m wearing shorts, I prefer the mules, as they elongate my short legs…..

Tossing on a longer cardigan helped to balance out the contrast of the shorts and heels…. and this fringe option is a great choice for summer with its short sleeves and open crochet detailing. I’m also loving this breezy ribbed white cardigan….. another great pick for a summer date night.

Either way, I’d have to say that round two was slightly more successful than round one!

(Outfit Details || Cardigan (c/o) | Camisole  (comes in 15 colors) | Shorts | Mules (c/o) | Bralette | Tote | Pom | Sunglasses | Necklace)


Wellness Wednesday || Watch Those Thoughts….6 To Catch Yourself Thinking

I’m a thinker. The kind that thinks through interactions, evaluates situations, and puts a lot of thought into everything I do. I’m also a daydreamer. With that though, comes a mind full of thoughts. When I was practicing therapy, I talked at length about cognitions with my clients. A lot. Along with other life situations, these cognitive distortions, as they are technically referred to, had a huge impact on the way they viewed themselves, others, and their life in general. They have that kind of impact on everyone once in a while. Bottom line, we can’t avoid thoughts, they’re always there.

For me, all these annoying thoughts, in some way or another, make me feel a certain way about myself…  as if I’m a failure… make me feel different ways about others….. as if they are intending to be mean and malicious ( swear I’m not a paranoid person….)…. and others prevent me from acting…. as if I can really see into the future and predict that negative event…… which is why I always try to catch them, acknowledge them, challenge them, and move on. Of course, I’m simplifying the entire process…. it takes work…. and sometimes I just have to accept the thought, but not let it hold me back. Yet, the point of today’s post is to share some of those dangerous thought patterns…. what they look like…. and how I, personally, deal with them to decrease anxiety, worry, and sadness.

**I feel the need to note here that I am not acting in any professional capacity… or recommending any course of treatment…. this is simply how I deal, and if it helps you too, that’s great! 

1. Overgeneralization: I’m guilty of this one. It’s pretty much when you take a single negative situation and apply it to everything…. or snow-ball it, as if there is no end to the negative cycle. For me, so much of my job is social media based, and overgeneralization happens all the time here. If something doesn’t perform for a few days, I start to worry, start to generalize this snapshot in time, and fail to see it as a temporary situation. I combat this one by reminding myself that sometimes there are lulls in life…. that life can’t always be one big success train (although, I wouldn’t mind if it was….). It’s funny, I once heard the saying, at church, “This too shall pass….” and was reminded that it refers to the good, and the bad. It’s the motto I try to use when I start to overgeneralize.

2. Discounting The Positives: While I don’t consider myself a perfectionist (you should see my tuberware cabinet…. open at your own risk…) I do give it my all in areas I choose to focus my attention…. relationships, collaborations, motherhood, and fitness…. so much so, that when I experience a set back, I tend to automatically discount all of the successes I have had, as if it doesn’t matter (which, it does). When I catch myself in this loop, I try to write down all the positives I have experienced in that specific area. This often helps me to see the reality of the situation and to shift my focus.

3. Personalization: I’m sensitive, so this one hits home all the time. When I find myself in a situation where someone was rude or offensive, I tend to first go to “what did I do to create that type of response.” Which only leads makes me feel bad about myself. I typically challenge this one by discussing the situation with a few trusted individuals, who I know will give me an unbiased perspective. A note on this one, I always think it’s a good idea to reflect on my own actions, and to not automatically blame others. Self awareness is key… personalization goes beyond this though. It’s as if you feel the need to take responsibility for anything bad that happens. No bueno. Not fun. I realize that I can’t prevent bad things from happening, but what I can control is how I respond and interact with others. Beyond that, I can’t worry about it.

4. Magnification: In simple terms, blowing things out of proportion…. or, finding more significance in a situation than it warrants. Guilty of this one too….. which usually happens when I personalize (the one above). Taking a step back and re-evaluating the situation typically helps me bring things back to reality…. or at least to a middle point.

5. Should’ing Thoughts: These babies are those rules you give yourself about how the world should be and how people should act and how you should be. Whenever I find myself “should’ing” it’s pretty bad…. I’m usually let down, or feel as if I’ve failed in some way because I haven’t met a “should” standard. Don’t get me wrong, it’s important to have values and standards… to not settle… but it’s when they are rigid that they become a problem. Example? When I look back on a long day with little miss, sometimes I find myself thinking, “Tomorrow I’ll try better, I should always be patient with her….” which leads to guilt… which leads to a whole other onslaught of entirely untrue thoughts. It’s not possible to be patient all the time…. getting a little frustrated is okay…. I haven’t broken a core parenting value of mine… and I certainly haven’t scarred my daughter for life. I always find “should’ing” thoughts lead to guilt…. and the best way to combat them is to ask myself “Is it really possible for that to happen all the time??” and “Is that really a fair expectation to have?”

6. Fortune Telling: If I could read the future, I’d have several houses spread across the world…. and wouldn’t live in our little condo. Seriously. Probably the one thought that holds me back from doing “things” is this one. The one where I give myself the ability to see the future. I remember when I was taking my licensing exam and saying, “I know I am going to fail, so many people fail, it’s going to happen.” Which only magnified an already anxious situation. For this one, I like to look at the facts. I can only deal with what I have in front of me. I know I prepared. I studied hard. I have relaxation tools I can draw from. Usually when I bring myself back to the present, and the facts, I can work through this one pretty quickly.

(Outfit Details || Hoodie, also here (size up for looser fit) | Shorts (I sized up) | Tank | Sunglasses | Tumbler (I use it daily))


Summer Stripes + Summer Bucket List

With today marking the official day of summer, and temps nearing the 90’s, there is no mistaking the sunny season is upon us. We spent all of yesterday outside…. starting at the beach and then ending it in the pool… and the rest of the week looks pretty similar. Given that, outfits like today’s will be omnipresent…. lightweight, easy to move in, and über comfortable…. because I have a summer bucket list I’m looking to complete… and comfort + style are key. When I saw this stripe tank, I knew it would be perfect for those warm summer days… and nights. It’s an easy, and quick, option for when I don’t know what else to wear…. and I love the cute tie at the shoulder. And, since my main goal this summer is to make memories with those I love, easy clothing options are key for helping us complete my summer bucket list… which I’m sharing below. Would love to know what’s numero uno on your list this summer!

1. Attend at least one concerts in the park…. little miss loves music, and I think I’d be willing to extend her bed time for a little dancing al fresco! 
2. Pack a picnic dinner (or just grab some to-go pizza…. huge fan of Blaze Pizza) and head down to Corona Del Mar… they have the prettiest overlook to catch a summer sunset. 
3. Take Harper to see the Disneyland Fireworks…. or just Disneyland in general…. 
4. Take a couple of short weekend trips to Palm Springs… we love staying at La Quinta Resort + Spa for a family friendly, and absolutely gorgeous, option. 
5. Make these delicious summertime popsicles… this year little miss can enjoy too.
6. Ohhhh, and these adult popsicle mimosas for a fun brunch… or just for a poolside treat.
7. Make s’mores with a twist…. instead of regular chocolate, maybe a Justin’s Peanut Butter Cup and some strawberries….
8. Take Harper out on a little boat ride…. Newport Beach has the cutest electric duffies and I think it would be such a fun afternoon with the family!
9. Protect my skin with this sunscreen…. and then enhance a tan with this self tanner.
10. Switch up my summer beauty and make-up routine…. thinking a trip to the beauty counter is in line… and looking for some neutral summer lip colors and eye shadows.
11. Get in a weekend getaway with TJ
12. Perfect my air dried waves…. I currently use this aprés beach spray.
13. Take Harper to get numerous Balboa Bars (YOLO)….
14. Spruce up our patio. We currently have these little foldable chairs (different print), and I would love to get these plant stands and put in some potted greenery. We have these string lights, and I’m thinking about adding this little fire pit and neutral outdoor rug.
15.  Pick up bike riding again, with a little toddler carrier in the back.
16. Take a family day trip to Catalina.

(Outfit Details || Top, also here (wearing XS) | Shorts | Slides | Hat | Tote (similar) |Pom | Sunglasses)



Weekend Recap || Fathers + Daughters || $1,000 Nordstrom Gift Certificate Giveaway

(The prettiest peonies to start the weekend)

After what felt like a particularly long week, I went into the weekend excited for the festivities it held: my mom’s birthday and Father’s Day. We started Friday evening in typical fashion…. a bottle of wine, some take-out, and good tunes… accompanied by good conversation and reconnecting from the crazy week. Saturday morning brought a good workout and some delicious avocado toast. Then, the celebrations started…..

We spent most of the weekend poolside at my parent’s house celebrating with family. Sunday morning we made the dads a delicious brunch and moved to the pool again. It was a pretty relaxing day (well, real relaxation began around 1:30pm when Harper went down for a nap) spent splashing (or napping). As I watched TJ and my dad play with Harper, I was reminded of a quote I saw, years before, on a Father’s Day card I had purchased for my dad. It read:

“No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.” 

I felt immediately blessed by the two most significant men in my life: TJ and my dad. Both, the embodiment of this quote…. and, while I watched Harper smile, and heard her laughter, I couldn’t help but feel blessed that she, too, would be the recipient of their love, guidance, and presence over her lifetime. I hope you all had a great weekend celebrating your father, father-figure, and/or baby-daddy! Here’s to a good week ahead friends!

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(Post Saturday morning workout avocado toast. Seriously, my fav.)

(Dressed in her best for Nana’s birthday lunch. Harper’s Dress)

(A little bubbly on ice to celebrate the festive weekend)

(Pool day with this little lady. My cover-up, bathing suit, Harper’s romper)

(Celebrating the dads, by the pool, with a little bbq and sun.)

I veered off of the Tone It Up workout schedule this weekend and ended up doing a their Beach Babe (5) HIIT workout, a run, and another Beach Babe (2) HIIT workout. Both are great options that get your booty moving. I’m going to try my hand at a little meal prep this coming week ahead and made some of these egg muffins, along with grilled chicken and turkey burgers. If I have time tonight, I’m going to whip up my favorite chia seed pudding. Ever since little miss moved to one nap, I’ve needed to be a little more prepared in the meal department.

We ended up booking a last minute trip to Palm Springs for this coming weekend, and I can’t wait. It’s going to be a scorcher. I’ll be living in lightweight pieces, for sure. I found so many cute swimsuit options too…. all at such great prices. I’m loving this floral cut-out suit, white lace-up suit, black and white cut-out one shoulder suit, and this floral bardot suit (so adorable). This little stripe bow front trapeze dress is coming with me too! I also found this adorable floral dress, at such an excellent price point. So cute for some desert margaritas…. I also love this basic black romper (paired with a cute straw hat and slides), and this white romper is on my wish-list… thinking it would be perfect for a couple days that TJ and I will be getting alone in Vegas at the end of June. I’m also obsessed with this yellow and white polka dot number… it’s adorable… especially with a neutral sandal…. oh, and this stripe peplum tank…. loving.

I bought my mom these shorts for her birthday this past weekend (along with this pretty eyelet flutter sleeve top) and am thinking about getting myself a pair in the black and white print… I think they would pair perfectly with a little white tank or this cute white button up eyelet tank (which is on sale). I’m also loving this mauve short sleeved oversized sweater… perfect to pair with denim shorts and a straw hat and sandals (which are so so so comfortable) for everyday living.

A few other everyday basics that I am currently loving included this open back romper (perfect with kicks or a pair of comfortable slides for daytime), basic tee with blouson sleeves (such a great twist on an everyday staple), stripe ruffle swing top, ginghman tank (would look so cute with high waisted shorts), and this bell sleeve denim jacket… so perfect for summer nights! This stripe bow back tank is adorable too.

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17 Month Motherhood Update

If that photo above doesn’t sum up our past month, I don’t know what will. Little miss is full of energy and always on the move. I remarked yesterday, when we were at the beach, that she was the stillest she’d been in a while…. when she was pouring sand into her little pail. That lasted an entire 10 minutes…. I almost didn’t know what to do with myself. Joking aside, I can honestly say with each month that passes, I am constantly amazed at her development, and the changes that can happen in a mere 30 days….

So, instead of me rambling on anymore than I need to, I’ll just get right into our 17 month update….

 (Bathing Suit)

Favorite Part: Hands down it has to be her developing personality and watching her cultivate her own interests. I remember being at the doctor’s office for her check-up, and being asked if she can stack blocks. I was slightly caught off guard. I actually didn’t now if she could stack blocks, and then immediately felt like a negligent mother…. I thought to myself  “She needs to start playing with blocks.” When I took a step back though, I realized that her interests were far beyond block stacking. She loves interacting with people… participating in everyday life…. which, to me, is much more important than her ability to stack blocks she won’t care about in 2 weeks (by the way, she can….). Watching her develop these preferences, and watching her become a unique individual, has been one of the biggest joys for me.

Most Challenging Part: I am always slow to warm when it comes to change. Given that, my biggest challenge this past month was getting used to the new sleeping schedule with one nap. I always used the morning nap as an opportunity to get ready for the day ahead, and with her running around, getting ready turned out to be slightly more challenging than I anticipated. I found myself getting frustrated more easily, which led to some major mom guilt. I ended up figuring out a way to manage it all, which I’ll share later in the post…. but, it just took me some adjusting and getting used to.

Oh, and let’s be honest here, toddler tantrums aren’t easy…. they’re draining and exhausting. So those make my list. Hands down.

(Tunic, Shorts, Tote, Hat, Harper’s Romper via Rags to Raches, Hat)

Funniest Moment: Oddly enough, when she tests my limits, I have a really hard time not laughing. Example? We were out at lunch today, and she was playing with my wallet and started to put the contents in her mouth. I gave her a positive statement to let her know what my expectation of her was (which she fully understands)… which was to not put the items in her mouth….. she looked right at me, put it in her mouth, and started smiling. My mom and I both had to look away from laughter. Her little firecracker personality, while exhausting at times, provides me with so much humor.

Her Favorite Things: As I mentioned above, she loves personal interactions. When we go anywhere that requires I pay, she insists on handing over my debit card, receiving it back, putting it in my wallet, and then accepting the receipt. She’s obsessed with cleaning up after dinner (not sure how long that will last….). Each night TJ stands in the kitchen and I stay at the dinner table. I had her an item and she excitedly takes it over to TJ. Putting things in the trash is her jam…. as is emptying out the cupboards and putting everything back. We don’t really watch much TV but “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” (which is a great educational show for social/emotional development) and “Goldie + Bear” are her two favorites… mainly because of the opening songs.

Eating: This past month it seemed her appetite decreased. Don’t get me wrong, she still eats, but not as much as she used to. At first I was a little concerned, and then figured that there is likely something going on in the growth cycle where she doesn’t need as much. I was asked a few times what I feed her. She pretty much eats whatever we are eating. For breakfast, she loves these waffles (which literally take 5 minutes to make, and I add 1/4 cup oat flour and take out most of the protein powder), as well as eggs, turkey bacon (I make sure it’s nitrate free and organic), raspberries, blueberries, pancakes, and toast with almond butter. For lunch, we have a few options. If we’re out and about where I am running errands it’s typically an almond butter and banana sandwich, string cheese, and some cantaloupe (which I have pre-chopped in a snack container). When we’re at home, she loves these veggie bites (or the veggie burger) with avocado and broccoli, or I’ll make her a grilled cheese sandwich with a side of fruit and avocado…. or lentils, quinoa, green beans, and cottage cheese…. or grilled chicken (if we’ve made it from the evening before) with some cheese and fruit, or some turkey slices with peas and pasta, and sometimes a quesadilla with black beans and bell peppers… and for dinner she eats what we have…. salmon, shrimp, chicken, asparagus, bell peppers, mushrooms, she’s warming up to sautéed spinach, sweet potatoes… we all eat together, so I don’t have to make several different meals, which I think makes the process much easier. I shared her favorite snacks in this post.

She’s still working on eating with utensils, but she loves drinking out of a regular cup…. with supervision of course… or it goes everywhere!

Sleeping: Well, we finally dropped the morning nap. I had a lot of suggestions as to how to go about it, yet I ultimately chose to go cold turkey. One day, I just decided to head out and power through the nap-time. Every child is different of course, so that worked for us. It’s definitely been a transition though, more for me (as said above). I always said that I couldn’t wait until she was down to one nap because then we could head out in the early morning…. yet, I ended up falling into a great routine with two naps, that made it a little more difficult….

All that being said, this past week I finally felt a little better about it all. I think I was feeling overwhelmed. Now the morning routine goes something like this:

5:30am: I wake up and complete my workout…. make breakfast… answer e-mails…. then take a shower and get as ready as possible before she wakes up. Before I would do a lot more blog stuff in the morning hours….
7:30-8:15am: Another shift in our schedule is that I don’t keep her to a firm wake-up time. Knowing that she will be up for a longer stretch of time, I let her wake up naturally. The longest she has gone is until 8:30 (and it was on the weekend!!…. that was glorious!). After she wakes up I make her breakfast, which takes about 20-25 minutes… and then we head out for a quick little morning walk…..
9:00-9:40ish: I pack things up for the day, or finish getting ready and she free plays. I have butcher paper with crayons, play-doh (which she isn’t too sure about yet), lots of books, a play cellphone, musical instruments, and a few balls…. she is usually in the bathroom with me though, trying to comb our dog’s hair (since she sees me doing that) or getting into my shoes…. whatever she chooses, it’s imaginative, and I’m okay with it. If I’m in a really tight situation, I will turn the TV on… which keeps her occupied for 10 minutes. Am I a bad mom? No. Did it take me a while to come to terms with that? Yes (still working on it….). In the words of my mom, grandmother, and Aunt “You all turned out ok…. and so did we.”
9:45: We head out for the day. This week we had story-time + songs on Monday, Tuesday was a day at Balboa Island, and yesterday we went to the mall and rode the carousel (5 times….)…. I’m in the process of coming up with some fun toddler activities, so when I have a list I’ll be sure to share them.  I’d also love your ideas as well!! 
Noon: Lunch
12:30-1:30pm: Playtime… we’re usually outside, playing in the water…. or she’s digging for rocks and filling up her sand pail…. or we’re inside having a dance party to this kid’s music record (I listened to it when I was  young… it’s super cute).
1:30pm-3:30/45: Nap (yessssss!!)

We eat dinner around 6, she starts her evening routine around 6:45, and is in bed by 7:15 every night.

Cutest Thing: Hands down the voluntary hugs she now freely gives. This started about a week ago. When we’re sitting at the dinner table, she just loves leaning over and giving TJ and me a full on hug…. and yesterday when I had my back to her while I was making breakfast, she wrapped her arms around my waist and hugged me…. and then again on the carousel today. She’s just a little love bug…… which makes all those limit testing moments and tantrums much more bearable.

Reality: While I feel that I have a lot of positives in this month’s motherhood update, the reality is that at the end of the day, I’m exhausted…. TJ is too… and there are moments where I wouldn’t mind pulling my hair out…. yet, it’s all those positive times that make it so much better! Motherhood isn’t easy…. no matter if you’re a work at home mom, stay at home mom, or working mom…. each has their own struggle, their own guilt that they deal with. While one of the other situations might seem ideal… I think it’s always important to remember that each brings it’s own personal struggle.

Marriage: TJ and I still have regular check-ins regarding how full our buckets feel. I’ve found it to be so imperative to a healthy family environment. When we’re firing on all cylinders, so is the entire family. We’re planning an upcoming weekend away… and have continued with our spin and breakfast dates…. which is always one of our favorite ways to reconnect. Our old sitter ended up moving, so we’re currently in the process of interviewing a few more. I am excited to celebrate the father that TJ is this coming Sunday with a little homemade brunch, and some rest and relaxation by the pool.

Favorite Products: We’ve been spending so much time outside as of late, that I’ve found a few outdoor products that I am loving. I recently tested out Coola baby sunscreen and it’s amazing. Smells heavenly, and it doesn’t make her look like Casper The Friendly ghost like so many others do. It also washes off easily in the bath. The face stick makes application on the face a breeze.

These swim diapers are so much better than having her wear regular ones in the pool. So much more comfortable for her, since they don’t absorb as much water and aren’t as thick.

As far as toys go, I’ve been providing her with crayons, butcher paper, sidewalk chalk (she’s obsessed…. walks around making small markings everywhereshopping cart), magnetic letters (closely monitor this one), bubbles, and a (I’ll place items around the house, and she goes and puts them in her cart….). I also recently ordered her a play pic-nic set… so we will see how that goes.

Oh, and I was at Gap Kids today… and everything was 40% off so I snagged this adorable cover-up, embroidered dress, and tiered tank.

I am also loving Robeez shoes for little miss (a pair featured below). They are super comfortable for her and she has no problem running around in them! She owns this pair and this espadrille pair.

(Tank, Sandals, Harper’s Outfit (sold out), Harper’s Shoes)


Summer Style || Top 15 Items Under $100

With summer being less than a week away, I can’t help but get excited to move my favorite warm weather staples to the front of my closet (well, that statement would assume there is some organization to my closet… which there isn’t….). At the beginning of each season, I find it easy to want to purchase every cute item out there… simply because it’s new, different, and “I don’t have anything like it… (another lie, I probably have 10 things like it….).” So today, I’m sharing with you my top 15 items that will be getting me through the next several warm weather months. Of course, there will be new pieces sprinkled in, but, if you’re looking to create a staple wardrobe for this summer season, then I have you covered. Oh, they’re all (with the exception of 4 really great items) under $100. Hope it helps!!

1. Cut-Offs: I seriously live in mine. As in, I don’t know if I’ve ever washed them (probably shouldn’t admit that though….). They go with everything, and are so easy to toss on and head out the door. My favorite pair are these high waisted shorts (they fit like a dream, and aren’t too short), but I also own and love these. For those who are looking for a longer inseam, I recommend these and these, with a 3″ inseam, from LOFT (they’re currently 40% off).

2. Basic Tops + Tanks: I recommend having a few of these on hand. They’re a perfect layering option for work (toss on under a blazer), or an easy front tie with high waisted jeans and shorts for everyday living. My all time favorites are from Madewell, $22, and come in several colors. I own them in white, grey, and a pretty mauve color… and thinking a black would round out the collection. This tank is still one of my favorites (bought it last year and still wear it tons). My sister owns this lace up grommet tee and I love borrowing it. Another favorite basic tee that I’ve owned since last year includes this oversized option (I own in black and grey)…. and this graphic tee. J. Crew has one of my favorite basic tees too, and it comes in so many different color options. Style tip… if you want to front knot it, simply order up a size.

3. Wide Brimmed Hat:  Perfect for those sunny days spent outside… or to cover up hair that hasn’t been washed in several days (that’s really why I wear mine so much….). My favorite is currently on sale (!!), and I wear this one all the time too (comes in several color options). Both are priced well, good quality, and neutral…. which means they go with anything.

4. Little White Dress: Always a great option for a dressier occassion! I shared my favorite in this post, and the cute little number is currently on sale (under $80!). I love this flow-y maxi dress and this popover midi dress (cutest tie at the shoulders). This little white swing dress is super cute too, and at a great price point.

5. Ruffle Top: Ruffles add a feminine and romantic touch to any outfit, which I think is perfect for the summer. I love the soft tee featured above (I’m wearing it backwards, comes in two other colors too). I also love my white ruffle one shoulder top, and this stripe gauze ruffle top is too cute. This little linen top comes in so many gorgeous color options as well… and looks really lightweight and perfect for summer.

6. Summer Skirt: Last year I purchased a denim midi skirt from Madewell and wore it so much. I was nursing, so it was an easy way for me to wear something close to a dress, while still being nursing friendly. This summer, I decided that a little skirt is perfect for a lunch, brunch, or date night. You can easily front knot a basic tank with it and toss on a wide brimmed hat and neutral side for a casual daytime look. I recently purchased this one from J.Crew and can’t wait for it to arrive (I am debating between the white and hibiscus). I also love this color-block maxi skirt (on sale) with a front knotted tank.

7. Neutral Flat Slide: Find the right pair and you’ll wear them daily. I do. These are my favorite. They’re incredibly padded and I can wear them all day in comfort. I own them in the blush color and they go with everything… yet they come in so many great options.

8. Neutral Sandal: Or, a heel that you can wear easily. I don’t wear a lot of elevated options these days, so when I do, they’re good. My favorite block heel sandal is this studded pair, which comes in cognac, black, and tan. I kinda wish I owned them in all the colors. I wear them with jeans, skirts, cut-offs for a dressy date night look, and dresses. These are my favorite espadrilles (two seasons in a row, over $100), and I also love this pair that I borrow from my sister all the time.

9. Embroidery: I chatted about my embroidery favorites in Tuesday’s post, but it’s a must have for your summer wardrobe. My favorite investment is this maxi dress (one more over $100), but also think this top and this chambray flutter sleeve embroidered top are super cute (my mom just bought it and I can’t wait to borrow….).

10. Summer Sweater/Sweatshirt: My logic behind this one is I need something to wear while I sit al fresco and drink my rosé…. but seriously, nights can cool down, and I love nothing more than sitting outside around a fire pit. If you love an open knit, I highly recommend this lace-up sweater, mauve open cardigan (so gorgeous, great price), and this open knit pullover (one of my favorites). If you’re more of a sweatshirt gal, I am obsessed with this new lace up in a pink-ish color, warm up hoodie I wear nightly, as well as this floral sweatshirt.

11. Gold Accessory: always toss on a few gold accessories with any outfit I wear. My favorite is this necklace, and I’m loving this gold cuff. I have my eye on this layered crescent necklace as well.

12. Statement Piece: As much as I love my everyday gold pieces, a fun statement piece is always great to have on hand. It can easily dress up any of the above items instantly. I’m a huge fan of these fun earrings.

13. T-shirt Dress: Another excellent throw on and go option that’s not as basic as cut-offs and a tee. Also a great choice to wear as a cover-up over a swimsuit. My three favorites include this cold shoulder dress (styled in this post), mauve option (I ordered it and am waiting for it to arrive), and this ruffle sleeve dress (last one over $100).

14. Straw Tote: Quintessentially summer, the straw tote is a must have. My favorite is sold out everywhere, but this one from Etsy is such a great option… just toss on this pom pom to dress it up a little.

15. Pretty White Top: My last must-have piece is a little white top. Nothing says summer more than a white top (and a little white dress…)…. pair it with cut-offs for a casual look….  jeans and a heeled sandal, along with a statement piece for a date night…. or with a skirt for an even fancier look. My favorites include this open back eyelet top, feminine crochet detail top, and this flutter sleeve eyelet top.


Wellness Wednesday || 16 Healthy On The Go Snacks…. Annnnd, A Vitamix x Petunia Pickle Bottom Giveaway!

When Harper was little, staying inside was easy. We’d have story time, a little tummy time, a few songs, a couple of naps…. a thing of the past now that we have a full blown toddler on our hands. Now, I’m lucky to sit down for more than five minutes between the hours of 7:30am-1:30 (when that blessed nap arrives!!). With the beautiful weather that summer is bringing us, and little miss’ never ending abundance of energy, we’ve been planning lots of outside time with trips to the park, beach, and pool. With that comes a big appetite, and the need to plan ahead… from packing up our bags, to preparing all the food.

Given all of this, I was so excited to try out Petunia Pickle Bottom’s new Intermix Collection and Vitamix’s new A2500 Blender. I’ve been huge fans of both for years, and if they could make my life a little easier, I was open to any and all help. The new Vitamix blender allows me to create Harper’s favorite smoothie and acai bowl in multiple batch sizes, in a single round, which allows me a few options: store, serve, or take the blends to go. Its smart technology automatically adjusts to the container size I’ve selected and stops the blender when complete (read: I can walk away and finish something else…. multitasking at its finest!). I’ve essentially been able to create a week’s worth of smoothies and bowls for Harper that I can grab and go when we’re ready! For chic and practical storage, Petunia Pickle Bottom’s new collection is a create-your-own modular system of lightweight, easy to clean (yes please and amen!) bags and pods to help keep me organized and prepared. There are two smaller bags, the cool pixel bag (which is insulated allowing me to store temperature sensitive food) and the midi pixel which stores smaller bites…. I use both regularly and swear by them. I can’t stand being unorganized, and this system helps me prevent that…..

Of course, I have several tried and true snacks I add to these bags that I thought I would share with you today (some require a little beginning of the week meal-prep, some don’t)… just in case you’re looking for some healthy, on-the-go, snack ideas to prevent the hunger meltdown… from both toddler and momma…

Sliced Veggies (bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers, zuchinni) with hummus or guac. I devour this and Harper does pretty well with the raw veggies… she mainly licks the guac and hummus off of them and takes small bites here and there….
Chocolate Banana Super Food Smoothie
Protein Waffles Topped With Almond Butter (new favorite almond butter)… I take these for Harper to nibble on all the time
Dairy Free Chia Seed Pudding
Acai Bowl
Dried Cranberries
Dried Mango Slices

Late July Peanut Butter Crackers
Turkey Slices
String Cheese
Ella’s Kitchen Nibbly Fingers 
R(x) Bars (chocoloate + blueberry flavors)
100 Calorie Perfect Bars (almond flavor is excellent too)
Fruit Slices: blueberries, raspberries, banana slices, cantaloupe, watermelon, pineapple
Siggi’s Yogurt (for Haper) Kite Hill (for me)
Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies 

Now for some fun! One reader will have the opportunity to win 1 Vitamix A25000 and The Petunia Pickle Intermix Collection (what you see featured here today!). Just be sure to follow @itsybitsyindulgences, @petuniapicklebottom, and @vitamix over on instagram. I’ll be sharing a photo later today with all the official requirements! Keep your eyes open!! 

(Outfit Details || Leggings (wearing S) | Tank | Bralette | Harper’s Romper | Harper’s Shoes)

In collaboration with Petunia Pickle Bottom + Vitamix 


Summer Style || Embroidery

Well, today (Monday evening as I type this) couldn’t have been any more different than the day I wore this dress…. I wore basic cut-offs and a new favorite ruffle front top (highly recommend, btw) and went to music and story-time with Harper in the morning…. only to have a completely different daughter return. My word! Limit testing left and right…. with a 20 minute show down when I asked her to clean up…. I used lots of “when-then” + “if-then” statements and did tons of bringing her back (she ran away whining each time….), but after 20 minutes she raised her white flag and decided she would help clean up…. then, when I went to pick her up for nap-time (which she didn’t want to go to)…. she sat down, threw herself back, and had the biggest knot in the back of her head. One call to the pediatrician, and a quick google search later, I realized she didn’t have a concussion, and that yes, she would go down for that nap. Yessssss….. 2.5 hours of quite. #RealLifeMoment

Ok, now onto this embroidered number. When I first started searching for a dress for my sister’s bridal shower, I wasn’t certain as to what exactly I was looking for. I thought I wanted something floral…. and thought about this dress. Then, I decided I wanted something completely different…. something more tunic like… but couldn’t find just what I was looking for. I considered this orange one…. as well as this yellow option. Then, I stumbled across this embroidered maxi. I was sold. Game Over.

I, of course, ran through my check-list… asking myself when, where, and how I could re-wear this dress again (I used to buy so many dresses… and only had one place to where them too….#WaistOfMoney…). I decided it would be perfect for a weekend getaway to the desert. Excellent for sunset cocktails at the beach (this is on my summer date night list). A no brainer for our trip to Hawaii in October (hello happy hour Mai-Tais). Pair it with a low block, open toed mule and a straw hat for a dressier brunch. Toss on a jacket in the cooler, fall months, with a cute pair of ankle booties (I can’t believe I just mentioned fall….)…. you probably won’t see me frolicking around in it at the park with little miss… but, it sure is a piece I know I’ll wear over and over again…..

If you’re looking to add something embroidered to your closet this summer (which I highly recommend) a few favorites include this off the shoulder dress, gorgeous floral smock dress (these colors are amazing!), off the shoulder dress (such an amazing price point),  stripe embroidered top (I own this one), and this gardenia button up top (own it too and love it… featured here). I also love these embroidered mules (own them in the oat color). Another similar option to my dress, that is on major sale, includes this maxi dress.

(Outfit Details || Dress (4 color options, runs TTS) | Bralette | Sandal (sold out, similar)| Necklace | Sunglasses | Cuff (similar) | Tote (similar) | Pom Pom)


Weekend Recap || “My Person”

(So much fun celebrating this lady…..)

When I was five, I found out I was going to become a big sister. I desperately wanted a little brother (I seriously have no clue why I was so dead set on this….) that when I found out I was having a little sister, I buried my head in the couch cushions and cried. Of course, that’s a story we’ve told many times over the the years with great fondness…. and despite my initial disappointment in having a sister, I can honestly say that I couldn’t imagine my life without her…..

I once saw a quote that read, “Because I have a sister, I will always have a friend.” For me, those words couldn’t be more true. Throughout the years, when I’ve felt most alone, upset, or anxious, I always knew that I had my sister… and, so, when it came time to planning her bridal shower, I wanted to give her a day that was meant to celebrate the beautiful woman she has become and the wonderful friend she is to me. We spent the afternoon with her closest friends, and family friends, showering her with love and sending her off into this new life stage of marriage…..

And while I know not everyone has a sister, and that a brother and sister relationship can be just as close, I simply hope that everyone can find that type of relationship in their life. The kind where you know that no matter what happens, that person is there for you. I guess you could call them “your person.” Sometimes we have multiple “persons”…. a “squad” you could call it. So, as we go into this week ahead, I feel incredibly blessed by the “persons” who surround me… and set my intention to let them all know how much I cherish their place in my life! I hope you’ll do the same! Have a great week friends! xx

(My mom assembled all of the flower arrangements in these gold vases… and the place-settings were adorned with these placemats and woven fans. My mom and I did the ombré napkins for my baby shower, and my mom wrote “aloha” on the fans with puff paint. All the pineapples were spray painted gold. We rented the glasses, and tossed these adorable pineapple swizzle sticks in them for an extra tropical touch. I opted for a lace table cloth to give it a little bit of a vintage feel.)

(We did a dessert bar, as opposed to a cake, and served shortbread cookies, chocolate covered pretzels, and vanilla + lemon filled macaroons. I loved the pineapple plates and palm tree napkins.)

(Ending the weekend with a little family run to breakfast for some avocado toast… and chocolate milk for little miss… my tee, capris)

We got creative this weekend working out with Harper… and used a lot of the tips we talked about in this post.  We have this ground turkey recipe on the menu this week, along with this shrimp stir fry recipe. I’m also planning on making this beauty smoothie a few times this week for my afternoon snack. On Friday, I switched my cardio up a bit and did this stair-master workout…. buns were on fire! I’m also considering trying the Tone It Up 7 Day slim down…. not sure yet… have any of you done it before?? I’m curious how their meal plan is!

Lots of great basics finds this weekend that I had to share with you! This stripe french terry ruffle sleeve tee is absolutely adorable (I bought it in the pink color), knot front sweater (so many cute color options, loving the blush and oatmeal), and this simple knot front jersey tank (again, so many colors to choose from). I also love this slit sleeve cotton tee and camo hoodie…. perfect with cut-offs and kicks for a busy day. I recently purchased this lace up sweatshirt… it’s seriously so soft.

I recently invested in some new workout pieces and am obsessed with these blush and oatmeal high waisted leggings (size up, they run tight….), this oatmeal sports bra (seriously so comfortable), mesh cold shoulder pullover (perfect for post-spin brunch), vintage zip-up hoodie, and this side slit tank. I’m also considering these neutral cross trainers or these pink tubular kicks (since I love my grey pair so much).

These blush slide sandals juuuuust arrived, and they’re so comfortable… and the blush is so pretty. They’re currently being price matched. I also think these slip-on huarache sandals are such a cute steal. The price is amazing!

J. Crew and LOFT also have some of the cutest items lately. J. Crew is offering 25% off this adorable ruffle wrap skirt (I am debating between the white and hibiscus), tie shoulder ruffle top with eyelet trim, flutter sleeve tee (in blush… but so many pretty options), and this cute graphic tee. LOFT has the cutest one shoulder top, color blocked maxi skirt, and floral mxi dress (love that it comes in a petite option).

For little miss, I found the cutest little stripe romper,  embroidered smocked tank, floral print romper, adorable blue and white tiered skirt, floral off the shoulder top, floral maxi dress, and this embroidered flutter sleeve dress.