07.10.2017

Weekend Recap || One Last Fling

(A little girl’s day and night in the desert…. I swear Harper had fun!)

I head into this week ahead with great anticipation for next weekend. And, while I do this quite often, I’m especially excited because at the end, my sister is getting married! There’s been so much preparation that has gone into all the fun festivities and the wedding day, that at the last minute, Allison and I decided to have a little girl’s night away as a last little fling before she ties the knot (bachelorette party here). We packed up Saturday morning, Harper in tow, and headed out to our favorite spot in the desert. The day was spent lounging by the pool and sipping margaritas when Harper slept… and chasing her around when she was awake. We ended the day watching RomComs, eating pizza, and sipping rosé in bed. There was laughter, reminiscing, and some real talk about our hopes and dreams for the future….

And, as I sit here tonight, I think about the speech I have to give come Saturday evening. I’ve struggled to sum up a 28 year relationship in a mere 5 minutes…. and, while I have it written, my hope is that I am able to convey the depth of meaning this special relationship has in my life. So, in reflection, I head into this week with great anticipation, but also profound appreciation for the forever friendship I have been blessed with.

I hope you all had a great weekend and a wonderful week ahead! xx

(Breakfast at Reservoir… obsessed with the decor….)

(Quite possibly one of my favorite places in the desert.)

 (Cardboard boxes + wine glasses for a takeout kinda night…..)

(Someone didn’t want to leave the desert….. wrinkly dress, slides, little miss’ dress)

(Loves her Aunty….)

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I always love looking at Monday as a fresh new start to the week. So, we spent Sunday evening grilling some chicken and turkey burgers, as well as chopping a few veggies, to ensure clean eating for the week ahead. I’m thinking about making this blueberry bark as a little post dinner treat, and I’m planning on sharing a blueberry smoothie with you this week for Wellness Wednesday… it’s super refreshing for this heat wave we are experiencing….

And speaking of the heat wave, I’ll be living in lightweight layers this week in an attempt to stay cool…. this little romper will be on heavy rotation, as will this gingham crop top, and stripe tee.

I found a few great basics over the weekend that I am planning to add to my closet. This twist front ribbed v-neck tee is super cute (and I love the texture the ribbing adds), stripe ribbed scoop neck tank, super cozy lightweight hoodie (I’m such a sucker for these), thermal oversized tee, and this thermal oversized henley…. all such versatile pieces and great for layering or solo. I am also loving these slit front jeans and think they’re a fun alternative to regular distressed jeans. For the cooler summer evenings, I am obsessed with this chunky off the shoulder sweater and this lighter-weight pullover.  Oh, and I think these blush slides are seriously so cute… perfect for after the pool or just running errands.

We have a wedding to go to in three weeks and for some reason I am really wanting a pretty black dress…. and am looking to top it with all my favorite gold accessories. I have my eye on this basic long dress with a cutout back, ruffle wrap off the shoulder dress, gorgeous cut-out halter dress…. although, it might be more than I want to spend, so I am also looking at this similar one.

A few other adorable dresses for summer, both basic and a little more on the fun side, include this open back ruffle dress (I really like the white and mauve options), grommet detailed black maxi dress, and this cute little tank dress.

And, since I am looking to incorporate a little more leisure on the weekends, I am loving this lounge set, cozy cactus pullover (I actually own this and love it) and shorts, and this rosé graphic sweatshirt.

07.05.2017

Weekend Recap || Halfway There

(Kicked off the weekend with a little couple’s time in Vegas…..)

When this evening rolled around, I honestly couldn’t tell you what day of the week it was. With my weekend starting early on Thursday with a quick 48 hour trip to Vegas with TJ, my days were all mixed up…

We spent the majority of the weekend, after we returned home, at the pool, lounging with family and friends, and not doing much of anything. We ate good food, drank good drinks, enjoyed good conversation, and ate entirely too much. I didn’t wear make-up, air dried my hair, and lived in the same cut-offs and cozy sweatshirt for the past two days. Yet, that’s what the 4th of July is all about for me….

So, as I started to type this post, I felt a pang of sadness that the past several, highly anticipated, days had come to an end. Then, I realized tomorrow is Wednesday. We’re already halfway to another weekend friends! Here’s to a week of getting stuff done, and rolling into another couple of glorious days off, sooner, rather than later!

(We noshed on fish tacos poolside…..)

(And sipped a little champagne on ice…. my suit)

(We returned home, and headed out for a family run and delicious avo toast….)

(Then spent the rest of the weekend being festive….. sweatshirt, Harper’s tee, Harper’s sandals)

(Sipping rosé and enjoying family time….)

(And being thankful for all that I’ve been blessed with…. my top)
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It was a relatively indulgent several days, and I’m looking forward to getting back on track this week. I picked up my groceries for the short week and plan on finishing the week strong. I’ve been doing this stair-master workout twice a week and plan on continuing with it tomorrow morning. I typically pair it with a good booty workout.

While I shared some of my favorite items from the 4th of July sales over the weekend, there have been so many great new arrivals that I have my eye on! I love, love this open knit side tie sleeveless sweater, oversized cotton henley (so perfect for summer nights), and this pretty little rose colored pullover. I’m also thinking this cute little stripe teeoversized drape front tee, tie front swing tank, and this and this oversized v-neck tee are perfect everyday throw on and go pieces. This longer pair of distressed high rise cut-offs are in my cart, and I’m thinking they would be super cute with this smocked square neck stripe top or this ruffle chambray top (which is currently 30% off). I’m also slightly obsessed with this plum embroidered top…. the color is so gorgeous for summer and fall. And, how adorable is this chambray dress with pockets??

We have some fun summer events coming up in the next month, and I think this floral maxi dress, lace trim trapeze dressboho print tunic dress, and this gingham dress.

I am also loving this beautiful post-pool day wrap coverup and think it would be gorgeous with these tassel slides. I also snagged these tassel slip ons and I am obsessed with them.

06.30.2017

Champagne Chatting || Monthly Q&A June

(Sweatshirt (three color options))

Happy Friday friends!! Answering questions from the past month in today’s post… lots of fitness related questions as well as ways to travel with a little tike! I’m currently sipping a glass of bubbly and getting ready to head out for the night with TJ, so I’ll make this intro short and sweet! Have a great, long, weekend!!
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  1. I have a rehearsal dinner for my cousin’s wedding coming up at the end of July. I’d love some dress suggestions. Preferably under $150. Thanks! 

I was just chatting about this with mom yesterday… we both are looking for dresses for my sister’s rehearsal dinner. A few dresses that I am considering are this floral maxi wrap dress (with these block heel lace ups), gorgeous off the shoulder maxi dress,  yellow ruffle maxi dress, and this adorable tie front midi dress. I also love the alternative of a cute romper… like this lace overlay option (in mustard or black) or this ruffle stripe romper.

2. Specifically for Santa Barbara.  My boyfriend and I have 3 full days and want to incorporate wineries (for sure!) as well as a hike, and open to anything else! The biggest struggle we are having is how to get to the wineries… we’ll have a car so we are debating on driving and making it a day trip but not too much fun to have a designated driver haha.

You’re going to have SO much fun! For a list of my favorite Santa Barbara restaurants, check out this postthis post, and this post (for the hike recommendation) . With three full days, I recommend going on a hike the first day, grabbing a delicious brunch, and then relaxing on the beach…. or even riding bikes down the boardwalk (there are a lot of places you can rent them from…. your hotel might even have them). The second day would be a great time to head to the wineries. If you drive up there, I’d go early in the morning (9ish… it takes about 45 minutes to get up there) and space out your tastings (first taste at 10, second at 11:30…..). Maybe visit a winery or two before lunch, eat a hearty lunch (around 12:30/1), and then visit one more before heading home (1-2:30). Some of my favorite wineries up there are Brander (we are members) and they have a great outdoor area if you want to have a picnic (which we’ve done before), Saarloos (s super hip spot), Zinque (members here too and they have bocce ball courts and a cute outdoor area), Fess Parker (gorgeous winery) and Firestone (another beautiful spot). Start by visiting the wineries (i.e. Brander, Fess, or Firestone) and then end your day in the small town of Los Olivos at one of the adorable tasting rooms (Saarloos or Zinque). On your last day there, Santa Barbara has the Funk Zone… an adorable area with cute restaurants and more wine/beer tasting options. You could do that for part of the day and then relax at the beach or pool for the rest. Make sure you head to Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach for a sunset cocktail one evening! 

3. Where do you put Harper to sleep when you travel in a hotel? In the bathroom or does she do ok falling asleep while you guys are still in the room? We are leaving in July for a two week vacation and I am nervous. Do you have a favorite travel crib too? 

When we know we will be traveling with Harper, we do a lot of research on the hotel room size, and layout of the hotel, first. We always look at the room layout and square footage to assure we aren’t surprised when we get there and have no place to put her! That being said, if a suit is too expensive, we opt for the biggest room we can get…. and then put her in the bathroom when she initially goes down, and then move her out into the hallway when we go to bed. It has worked pretty seamlessly for us over the past year and a half. We travel with this pack n’ play all the time and love it…. I highly recommend bringing your own, since you never know what you’re going to get at a hotel (we learned the hard way…. it was one sleepless night for us!). 

4. How do you keep yourself motivated to workout? I feel like I’m in a workout rut and unmotivated. 

It can be so hard to stay motivated all the time. I remember going through a huge rut right around the holidays. I think the key for me is a trifecta…. switching up my routine, having new and delicious clean eats to nourish my body with, and cute workout clothes to keep me feeling good! Historically, I’ve found that when I’m eating really clean and healthy, the results from my workouts show better, and in turn, this motivates me more! 

5. What were those layered necklaces you wore on your more recent trip to Palm Springs? 

They are some of my favorite Gorjana pieces and my Maya Brenner initial necklace. I wore this lariat in rose gold with this horn necklace and my initial necklace. 

6. I don’t really want to spend the money on a Vitamix Blender…. can you suggest one that is just as good, maybe a little cheaper though? 

Yes! Before I started using the Vitamix I blended everything with my Nutri-Ninja Blender. It’s an excellent option as well, and about a third of the cost. 

7. Any recommendations for a basic white tank? I love Nordstrom’s Lush brand, but they aren’t carrying it in the white anymore. 

Basic white tanks are my favorite! The two white ones that I live in during the summer months include this one and this one. Both are great for layering, wearing on their own, front knotting, or front tucking. I also love this white camisole, asymmetrical tank, and this henley button up tank (I wear a lace bralette underneath).

8. When you do the stairs at the gym is that all you do, or do you combine it with any strength training?

I love the stairs for my leg and booty day. After the stairs, I typically incorporate some strength training moves…. and I’ve been loving the tone it up booty and leg series. It’s such a great workout combination and I’ve been noticing some good results.

9. What are some of your favorite pieces to workout in during the summer months?? 

Lightweight pieces are a must. My favorite tanks are this mesh open side tank (wore it running the other day and it breaths great!), front knotted tank (another breathable piece), graphic print boyfriend tank, and this double layered crop tank. I also like shorts that aren’t too short (I hate having to pull things down). These are an old favorite, and I’ve always been a fan of these (ran a half marathon in them). I have these sitting in my cart too. My favorite sports bra is from Outdoor Voices, and I also love this crop. Both are super comfortable and very well made. A hat is a must too…. this one is a great option.

10. You seem to take your little to happy hour and restaurants often. What do you bring to keep her busy and sitting in her chair for the whole meal? Or what tips/tricks can you recommend to make this doable for the parents? Our almost 16 month old will NOT stay seated longer than 10 minutes. We haven’t taken her to a restaurant since she was 1. Would love to get out and enjoy a glass of wine!

First of all, it’s not easy… or relaxing. So, we know that when we take her and don’t expect much from it! That being said, we make sure to have a set group of toys that we only  take to restaurants…. that way, it’s as if she is getting new toys to play with when we go. We also hold out on giving those to her until our drinks have arrived. While we are waiting for our drinks, we try to engage her by reading her a book or coloring with her (which she is interested in for about 2 minutes…. I think TJ likes the coloring more….). Once our drinks arrive, we bust out the toys. If we’re heading out to eat, we make sure that we get there well before it is time for her to eat (or she’ll be super hungry and it will be a disaster…. we learned the hard way), which means we’re often at a restaurant by 5:30pm. We never have them bring her food first either. We discovered that when this would happen, she would be done when our food was arriving…. and she’d be ready to leave. As a last resort, we have her favorite songs/show (“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood”) and will let her watch/play with it if everything else has failed.

I’ve also had to alter my expectations. We have a fiesty, curious, and on-the-go little lady, so a long and leisurely dinner/happy hour isn’t going to happen…. and we expect that. Our dinners out are an hour, tops. Having that mindset helps me to set realistic expectations. Oh, and we also try to get a booth whenever possible! That way, she can stand up instead of us insisting that she sits down. That always helps!

11. What do you do with your little when she naps in the afternoon? We have a trip coming up and I don’t want to have to sit in the room for the afternoon. 

When Harper goes down for her afternoon nap, we head out to the pool if our room is close enough. We have this wifi monitor, so we can see her, as well as hear if anything is wrong. Again, this only happens if our room is close enough to the pool. If it’s clear across the resort, we hang out on our balcony and enjoy the peace and quite!! 

12. Where are your favorite places to buy clothing for Harper?

My favorite places to buy clothes for Harper are Old Navy + Gap (they are always having a sale!), Nordstrom (excellent quality pieces), H&M (excellent prices), and as of recently Zara. Target’s Cat + Jack line has some super adorable pieces as well. 

13. Any favorite workouts for “thigh gap” and the dreaded under arm jiggle?

Ah, the illustrious thigh gap and under arm jiggle. For the thigh gap there are a few favorite exercises I’ve been doing lately. I love the sideway scissors (I put weights around my ankle for some added resistance), clamshell, hip raises (with a weight on my hips), and side lunges. For the under arm jiggle, I’ve been working my triceps. My favorites are tricep extensions, tricep dips, tricep kickbacks, and a row. 

14. Any tips on getting a toddler to eat? I have a 13 month old who has always been an amazing eater. From breast feeding through the transition to formula and bottles and then starting solids he has been amazing. Within he last few weeks I can’t get him to eat anything he won’t even taste it and just has a total meltdown. I’m at a loss. I know your little one is a great eater and just didn’t know if you had any tips or tricks?

Oh man! Toddler eating is such an adventure. We’re actually going through some of that right now. So, I don’t know if what I have to offer will solve anything, but a few things have worked. I try to give her something different everyday. I was finding that when I gave her the same breakfast, she would start to get tired of it (I mean, she’s human too) and that’s when she wouldn’t eat. So I try to go between three options throughout the week (homemade waffle, scrambled egg, and smoothie for breakfast…..). I also don’t give her any “treat” food just to get her to eat something. That way she won’t assume that just because she doesn’t eat she can have those peanut butter crackers. I also try again later. So, if she doesn’t want to eat at noon, then I try again 45 minutes later. That sometimes helps too. Oh, and sometimes I try the food right in front of her and act like it’s the best thing I have every tasted. Since she loves doing everything TJ and I do, that sometimes works too.

15. I’m in my first trimester and have major bloat! Any suggestions on casual/work attire to hide the bloat since our news isn’t public yet?

First of all, congratulations! Such an exciting time. I remember the first trimester bloat…. and the fatigue! During that time, I wore a lot of flowy tops, and ones I knew would take me throughout my pregnancy. If buttoning your pants is problematic at this point, I recommend a belly band. You can wear your regular jeans, unbuttoned, with this godsend. A few flowy tops that I am currently loving include this v-neck tunic, floral tunic (which I own and love) and this swing tunic (I wore it all through my pregnancy). As far as dresses go, while you’re hiding the bump go with a t-shirt dress (but once you’re out, go with something form fitting and show it off!!). My favorite t-shirt dresses include this ruffle sleeve option, cold shoulder dress (top it with a denim jacket, blazer, or cardi for work if you can’t do cold shoulder at your office), and this mauve option (one of my absolute favorites). I hope that helps, and that you have a great pregnancy! 

16. You posted a photo of Harper drinking out of a thermos. What brand was it? I need to find one for my 14 month old. 

It’s a Zoli, and she loves it! 

17. Any suggestions for a summer work wardrobe?? I work in a casual office, where jeans are allowed, so looking for pieces that  I can wear to work and outside of the office. 

When I worked a traditional 9-5 office job, our work attire was relatively casual (I could wear jeans) and I loved it because so many pieces I wore to work I could also wear outside of the office. My go-to pieces for summer included cute skirts (check out yesterday’s blog post for some good work options…) but this is one of my favorites, as well as this one. If you have to be a little more traditional, this white lace pencil skirt is super cute. I also relied heavily on camisoles, this one being such an excellent affordable choice, perfect for layering under a blazer. These capris are a cute option too, if jeans are not possible. A lightweight button up is a summer must, as is a stripe button up (long sleeve) and a short sleeve stipe button up.

18. I have a few questions about traveling to Honolulu with a baby! I know you have been a few times and was curious if there is any hotel in particular you would recommend with a 4 month old? Also, do you have a particular baby bed you traveled with when she was around this age? 

You’re going to have so much fun! The first time we took Harper to Hawaii she was 4 months old…. it’s a great age… they’re not mobile yet, so they are perfectly content just hanging…. which optimizes relaxation for you! That being said, You’re good with most of the hotels in the area. We stayed at The Moana (you can see our stay here), but the Sheraton is also a very family friendly option. We’ve also stayed out at the Marriott Ocean Club, but that’s out in Ko Olina. When she was four months old we brought this rock and play with us, and it worked wonderfully. We even brought it down to the pool since it’s so small!

06.26.2017

Weekend Recap || Palm Springs Getaway…. With A Toddler…..

Before TJ and I decided to become parents, we had a list of things we wanted to complete…. one of those being to travel. A lot. We knew that life would be different with a little one in tow, and that traveling would be a little more challenging. So, we did just that. We traveled to Europe, Hawaii, Mexico, within the States…. did short weekend trips away…. sometimes waking up and spontaneously deciding to hit the road. When we found out little miss would be arriving, we vowed to continue traveling, yet knew it would be very different…..

And while we’ve been on multiple trips with Harper since she arrived, this past weekend was a reminder that traveling with a toddler is not for the faint of heart. On Saturday evening, after little miss went to sleep, TJ and I laughed about how tired we were…. and the vacation we needed from this weekend. As I sit here, reflecting on the fun, yet exhausting, weekend, I thought I’d share a little humor that we incurred while away (well, humor now, slight anxiety in the moment….)…..

1. We initially intended to leave around 9:30 Friday morning. Yet, things came up, and we didn’t end up getting on the road until 10:50. My anxiety was pretty much through the roof the entire drive out there… not wanting her to fall asleep en route. That fatal mistake would mean a missed afternoon nap, and a disastrous evening. Instead of listening to some John Mayer radio, we had children’s music blaring, windows rolling up and down, and making silly noises to keep her awake. It was a success…..

2. Gone are the leisurely meals of the past. They now consist of a two person entertainment show personalized for little miss until the food arrives. I’m sure people look at our table like “What is going on??” Our nice waitress this morning told us that she remembers those days…. she now has a three year old who will “sit” through a meal. Alright, only a year and a half left!

3. Instead of a mid afternoon siesta poolside…. we crammed as much adult time into those 2.5 hours that she was napping. It’s like, “Ready, Set, Go….” and we’re constantly asking, “Wait, how much time do we have left??”

4. Oh, I’m surprised the car even moved from how much crap we packed (Captain, our labradoodle joined us too…). Poor TJ was dripping in sweat with how many trips he had to take to the car in the 110 degree weather.

In the end, I would do it all over again, in a heart beat. The memories made are invaluable…. and, hey, in the end, we’re able to find humor, and that’s all that matters. So, as we go into the week ahead, my intention is to find a little bit of humor whenever possible. Have a good one friends!
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**I’ll be posting my monthly Question + Answer series this Friday. Please feel free to comment or e-mail me any questions you may have!**

(Ready for the weekend… (Harper’s top))

(A little rosé to kick off the weekend!)

(My favorite body suit and cut-offs for a little Mexican food…)

(The prettiest bougainvillea all over La Quinta Resort + Spa)

(Pool bound with this little fish…. my cover-up, tote, sandals, Harper’s cover-up, hat)

(Little miss is such a little fish!… who, I feel the need to add, refuses to wear her little hat, or sunglasses, for sunshade…. her suit, flamingo float)

(The most delicious poolside lunch….)

(The best things about the resort are that the casitas surround your pool area…. so, when little miss naps, we are able to enjoy some adult time with a baby monitor…my suit)

(The progressive toddler meltdown….. My dress, Harper’s dress)

(Warm desert nights are my favorite)

(Happy hour libations)

(We enjoyed one last brunch at Resevoir…. highly recommend. Great food and ambiance, Harper’s Suit)
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Tone It Up had their 7 day slim down last week, and while I didn’t participate in the eating plan, I followed their workouts and really noticed a difference. It involved an increase in cardio, in conjunction with strength training…. I honestly felt stronger at the end of the week! A few favorites on the menu this week include these energy bites and breakfast salad.… and I’m thinking of trying my hand at some overnight oats.

I’m super excited to be heading to Vegas Thursday afternoon! TJ will be out there for work, and I’m joining him for the weekend (thanks to my sister and parents!). I bought this cute black and white suit, and this coverup for Friday… when we plan on doing nothing but relaxing by the pool. I’m bringing along this cute floral romper and this cold shoulder ruffle dress for our two evenings out. I also recently bought this open back romper and this black drawstring romper… both are super cute and comfortable…. just deciding which I’ll wear more. Regardless, they’re both great options for traveling…. and plan on pairing them with these embroidered slides (more neutral colors here).

A few other items that I’m currently eyeing include this adorable flutter sleeve tee (which I bought in grey when it was temporarily on sale…), colorful stripe tank, white tiered top, gingham tank (so cute with high waisted jeans or shorts), and this crochet tank (in blush). I also really like these military green cut-offs (which seem to have a longer inseam!) and this black lace up top (would love it with cut-offs and a block heel for a date night look!).

LOFT is also having 40% off of everything until Tuesday. That includes my favorite gingham off the shoulder top, embroidered off the shoulder top, gorgeous tiered white blouse, stripe tassel kimono (great lightweight layer), and I’m obsessed with these tie waist cargo pants…. such a great casual option that can easily be dressed up.

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06.23.2017

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!

06.21.2017

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

06.19.2017

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!

Be sure to check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post!! It’s a good one!!

(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.)
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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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06.16.2017

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)

06.14.2017

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


In collaboration with Petunia Pickle Bottom + Vitamix 

06.12.2017

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)
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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.