Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Mama's, it's time for some advice! Today I'm looking for a little help and referrals on some favorites. There's no better way to learn the good stuff then from people with experience.  Please share your favorites...

Favorite online/Instagram boutiques/Etsy shops

Favorite baby registry items

Favorite maternity items 

and... Boy Mamas! Favorite clothing brands

Thanks! xx 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Summer Reading List

Summer is always a season I read more than any other - time on the deck, time on the dock, time by the pool - perfect reading season.  I'm hoping to make it through some of these books this summer - maybe more, maybe less.  Anything that I should add to the list??

Jumping back into the dating scene after her fiancé calls off the wedding - this reminds us that everyone has a bad date and plenty of life situations to deal with.

Stories from the CEO and creator of Nasty Gal.

A former White House chief usher shares history and stories of former first lady's, hosting large functions, etc.

Everyone's favorite couple Chip & Joanna Gaines' story - I started this months ago and never found time to finish.

A perfect summer read.

From Bravo's newest housewife, Tinsley Mortimer, about NY society life and such.

A tale of contemporary romance and unconventional matchmaking.

A glimpse into the life of a girl on an adventure planning the most glamorous parties in Hollywood.

Three girls dealing with their own lives and attending wedding after wedding after wedding.

Stories from one of the original Beverly Hills nannies - a former Kardashian nanny.

I was drawn into the Madoff specials on TV recently.  This read is by Bernie's daughter-in-law.

Another perfect summer read.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Patriotic Picks

Happy Friday! Fourth of July along with the holiday weekend are just around the corner and while I can't believe we're almost to this point of the summer, I also can't wait - such a fun summer holiday. 

Red, white and blue are some great colors to work with and easy to stay in theme of the holiday - although, I'm usually mostly in blue/white - usually incorporating the red only by a lip color.

Have a good weekend! xx 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer Recipe Repeats

Anytime of the year we're appetizer people but especially in the summer.  We're good with the classic cheese plate, shrimp, easy appetizers but have found a few homemade ones we love too.  I need to search for a few new ones to try this summer but today I'm sharing a few of our top favorites... 

Refreshing for a hot day.

We've made a similar one with mushrooms too - any topping is good! 

These are great especially for the lake because you can just throw them in a container and bring them down to the dock already made.

A healthy choice that makes for a nice presentation. 

Last but not least, this is our number one favorite appetizer - anytime of the year! 

Enjoy! xx 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

This & That

Last week we attended a fun fundraiser at the local arboretum.  A handful of food stations to try, cocktails and a silent/live auction.  The weather was beautiful and seeing as we've been consumed by moving lately - it was a fun night out! 

Before taking off for the lake last weekend we went to a white party with friends to kick off the summer.  As soon as I found out about the party I picked up this dress - non-maternity but I knew it would work for a growing belly. (it's also now 40% off!)

It's finally starting to feel a little more like home around here.  I unpacked the last of the boxes last night - the baby's boxes! There's less clutter and more things coming together.  By late summer I'm hoping to have the house work where we'd like it to be before the baby comes - window treatments should be installed by then, we need to work on some wall hangings and decor then any other actual work can wait until the new year.  

Have a good day! xx 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Weekend Scenes

Another Monday, already.  We celebrated the dad of the family and also the dad to be - a barbecue Saturday night and then a little brunch (complete with donuts!) yesterday morning.

We've been on the go since Thursday night with events and such but Saturday afternoon we headed up to the lake for the night.  The weather wasn't the best here but we got there to a clear sky and were able to head right down to the dock for happy hour - clam dip, peppers/hummus and devil eggs plus cocktails.. we stayed down until almost 9pm - as long as the sun would let us! 

Yesterday the weather was better than expected so we had a great dock day, got some sun and let the dogs swim before heading home.  After US Open watching we enjoyed a bit of time on our deck - finally a night with nothing to do! 

Have a good week! xx 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday Picks

Happy Friday! It's hard to believe it's already time for Father's Day (enjoy celebrating!) and that June is half over - these summer months always fly by and this year is no exception.  We've had a crazy week continuing to settle in around here so I'm more than ready for the weekend.  A few favorites for the week...

I love this color and I feel like this style of dress could go well with a bump but also still fit next summer.

These earrings would make for the perfect color combo (in my mind) with the above dress.

Little coffee table books like this are always hard to pass up for me.

After deciding to try this the other day, the list of dry bar products I want is continuously growing.

Perfect for pool days, beach days, summer in general.

I think this pattern is so cute - it comes in about five more different styles too (equally as cute).

I've had my eye on these forever and picked them up as soon as they were restocked.  They are comfortable and go with everything - a must have.

Enjoy your weekend! xx 

Thursday, June 15, 2017


This post is making it's way a few weeks late but we reached and celebrated the half way mark a little bit ago!  It was definitely exciting and I love that the weeks left are in the teens as opposed to the other way around.  The bump was slow to show but week by week it becomes a little bit more noticeable.  Most recently I started to feel the baby kick so that's been exciting! 

Best:  Enjoying the experience! I've liked being pregnant for the most part (minus the wine) and the little milestones like ultrasounds, hearing the heartbeat, feeling the kicks, seeing the bump grow are all such fun.  I'm obsessed with buying baby clothes and once things settle down around here really can't wait to the house ready for a baby!

Worst: Probably being so tired the first trimester - I feel like I just slept threw a few months! It was hard during the move to not just be able to pick up a box and move it myself.  My feet noticeably get sore quicker after being on the go a lot.  I've had a few nights (and this week especially) where I'll wake up overnight and can't fall back to sleep for hours - it's tough.

Celebrated: Seeing as cheeseburgers are one of my favorite cravings and we were quite belated on our celebration we just kept it very casual and ate on the patio at Shake Shack the other night!  We splurged and took milkshakes to go - delicious. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

This & That

It's been a whirlwind few weeks around here - hopefully things will let up soon.  We had no plans this past weekend other that to work on the unpacking and enjoy the new house.

The weekend after we moved in we headed up to the lake for our first weekend of the season.   

We offered to host dinner if my parents brought the food - pretty good deal if you ask me! 

One of many house stock ups.

After slacking for a bit, we finally got back into our routine of daily Stella walks.

A weekend by the pool was the best way to relax and enjoy the summer days.

A little different shopping than we're used to - once we get back from vacation we need to get into baby mode and start picking up a few things.

Just because I'm obsessed... 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Pregnancy: Weeks 17-20

I'm so excited to have made it to the halfway point! We have lots of fun things to look forward to each month from now until the baby's arrival so hopefully the time flies by!

top (l-r) 17 weeks, 18 weeks
bottom (l-r) 19 weeks, 20 weeks

Baby's Size:
Flan (17 weeks/May 9th)
Slice of Pie (18 weeks/May 16th)
Chocolate Lava Cake (19 weeks/May 23rd)
Ice Cream Sandwich (20 weeks/May 30th)


Best Moments/What We've Been Up To:
17 weeks: Celebrating Mother's Day!! I loved celebrating my mom and got even more excited to be a mom myself next year.  We kicked off the baby registry thing - while it was fun at first, it's totally overwhelming! We also ran all the new house errands in one day and I quickly learned that I need to move a little slower than normal. Looking forward to another doctor's appointment next week.

18 weeks: A visit to the doctor, hearing the heartbeat and setting up our 20 week ultrasound - for the morning of moving day, ha!  Thinking we finally decided on a middle name. Also realizing it's okay to slow down and do things a little bit at a time. 

19 weeks: Having fun deciding on the nursery and making lists of what to get - most items picked out it's just about when to order/get them.  We have our 20 week ultrasound next week (the morning of our move!) and I can't wait; it's hard to believe this is supposed to be the last one! 

20 weeks: We've made it halfway - so exciting! This milestone also falls during the week of our move so busy busy - it's fun to see a few moves labeled "nursery" be put into the baby's room for unpacking.  
Maternity Clothes:
Yes and no.  I've started using maternity shorts/jeans - why did I never before - they are so comfortable?? Regular flowy dresses and tops work just fine. Found a couple maternity swimsuits to be ready for summer - they seem to sell out fast! 

I slept on my back as long as I could - adjusting to new positions.  Other than that just really missing my wine especially with the warmer weather and nights on the deck. 

No strong cravings but definitely enjoying/wanting donuts, chocolate chip cookies and cheeseburgers.
I've been loving cheese sandwiches or pb&j for lunch to get past the whole no lunchmeat thing.  

Still not loving the idea of all meats and seafoods but it's getting better.  While the start of the pregnancy brought "give me all the carbs," this month I've really just enjoyed simple summer meals. 

Feeling... Symptoms/Sleep:
Tired, Acid reflex, frequent bathroom trips (although doing good with keeping up drinking water!)... all in all, I can't complain! 

At 17 weeks I woke up starving most days this week (the only time I feel sick is when hungry!) but a breakfast drink or some fruit cured that quickly.  A little bit of dizziness too. For 18 weeks I was exhausted - I blame it on that we were so busy getting house things done - quick afternoon naps helped.  I also had some back pain this week but again we've been on the go.  One day I came home crying for no real reason, Derek and I were both somewhat laughing during it.  With 19 weeks a few days with with back pain but I was on the go/packing most days too.  And 20 weeks I was so sore and tired from moving.

Weight Gain:
10 pounds from the start - I forgot to include this in the first post so about three pounds in the first trimester and the rest slowly since then, about a pound on week so on track. 

This month I really tried to make sure to stay active with the nice weather.  Longer family walks were key and we did them just about every day. 

Dad to Be:
Derek's been great like always - he goes on a walk with me everyday when he gets home.  Packing can be challenging when pregnant so he puts the boxes together, brings them to me then moves them once filled.  Always cleans up after dinner so I can relax on the couch :)

Excited For:

I'm so excited to reach the halfway point - I've been waiting for this milestone for a while.

Moving! It's been a process packing up while pregnant (luckily it's a good time in the pregnancy) but I cannot wait to wake up on a weekend and not have to pack, run errands, etc.

We have a trip coming up next month so I can't wait for a little time away just the two of us with no house/baby/other to do's.

Sumer nights! While I can't enjoy a cocktail on the deck,  I am looking forward to nights lounging on the deck and such.

A little belated but we're going out to celebrate the halfway mark.

A couple lost photos from when we told my Mom the gender and also our first shopping trip! 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Summer Bucket List

Happy Friday! I feel like we're crawling into the weekend around - we've had the busiest week, had an unexpected night out of town and are ready for some sleep, to finish up the unpacking and enjoy our new home.  Our washer and dryer was finally hooked up so I just started my first of many loads of laundry this morning and whatever boxes are left are neatly stacked so that's a win. 

Now that we're one week post move and the foreseeable forecast looks sunny and warm - I'm ready to enjoy summer! 

Vacationing last summer

Summer Standards: 
Weekends at the lake, walks at night with Stella after the weather cools off, watch a baseball game, barbecues, enjoy a rooftop mocktail, ice cream nights, date nights al fresco, etc.  

Final Pre-Baby Travels:  
We have our annual California trip coming up and we're hoping to get in another small weekend trip somewhere later this summer too.  

Celebrate Our Three Year Anniversary: 
Right at the end of summer we'll hit three years of marriage - three years just the two of us (and Stella!) before our family grows - I won't be able to travel at that point so I'm excited to figure out something fun to do to celebrate locally. 

Pool Days:  
We have a pool in our new neighborhood and we've so been looking forward to it - we'll enjoy our first pool day this weekend, finally!

Grilling & Deck Nights:  
We live for nights on our deck in the summer - and spend most nights out there! While I'll miss our old one, I'm super excited to have more room on our new deck.  It's been a whirlwind few weeks + bad weather so we've hardly done any grilling yet - really looking forward to those summer meals soon.

Strawberry Picking: 
It's been a few years since we've done this an strawberry shortcake is becoming one of our favorite summer desserts (we've already checked this one off!)

While I really miss my white wine and summer cocktails - I do enjoy a nice cold summer beverage - so far it's mainly been a coca cola, peach lemonade or la croix ( in a wine glass) but I want to take the time to find some fun recipes to make myself. 

Do a Little Hosting: 
Key word - little.  Not too many events as I've noticed with past hosting I tire out way quicker than usual but we love having people over for bbq's and such in these warmer months and I'm very excited to hold a few events in our new house soon. 

Baby & House To Do's:
These lists I'm sure will be long and will have their own post but while summer will be fun/relaxing we have lots of work to do too.  Although, I think of both these categories and "work" as fun things.   I'm a little more eager to get things done around the house now ahead of our sweet baby's arrival.  And I cannot wait to start preparing for the arrival of our little boy - first up, a stroller!
More to come!

Have a good weekend! xx

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


Happy Wednesday! It's been a whirlwind of a week over here - we closed on our new house last Thursday and started moving some things over right away, the movers came on Friday, deliveries on Saturday, home appointments on Monday and unpacking in between.  We've come along way but it still feels like the to do list is never ending.  The box piles are slowly dwindling and hopefully by this weekend they will be gone. 

Moving is tiring and moving while pregnant is exhausting! A few times during the big move days I'd find somewhere to hide and take a break! Thankfully my mom made all the beds in the house for our first night, if not we'd have probably fallen asleep anywhere. 

I'll be sure to share a peek into the house and get back into my normal blogging routine soon - it's been a busy few days and I see that pattern continuing throughout the week.  Looking forward to settling in and getting the unpacking done! 

There might still be boxes, but at least they are stacked neatly! 

It's taken her a little while but once Stella saw our bed ("her" bed) she started warming up to the place - I'm thinking she feels at home now.

Thanks for stopping by! xx 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Floating Into Summer

Happy Friday! Keeping it short and sweet today... We've accumulated quite the float collection at our lake house - everyone's favorite is just to float off the dock but I'm always looking to add to the collection.

We have the flamingo, donutpineapple and love them.

Have a good weekend! xx 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

House Inspiration: Kitchen

One of our furniture pieces that we're swapping out for new is the kitchen table.  After a little searching I thought I'd go with a slight farmhouse feel.  There are counter stools that match the table and also a bench that we can switch in/out for seating which I figured would work well as our little boy grows up - for now we'll keep it in the mudroom.

With our white cabinets I wanted a lighter farmhouse look and this table fit the theme.  Like the rest of the house I wanted to keep things neutral with tans and creams.  

I'm thinking simple light fixtures and just a cream rug for under the table.  I ordered a sign for the nursery and couldn't help but through these two into the order too - one for the kitchen and one for the mudroom.  

table - pier 1
canisters - pier 1 
light fixtures - ballard design 
wall signs - etsy
Thanks for stopping by! xx 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

This & That: Long Weekend Scenes

The long weekend came at the perfect time - we've been so busy lately, a little time to relax was perfect! We aren't always home for the holiday weekend so it was nice to do some things around here, sleep in each day, etc. 

'Tis the season for grilling - we really wanted to enjoy one more grilling session on our deck so a shrimp broil (prepared from Wegman's!) seemed like a perfect fit.

I kicked things off on Friday by heading out for a day of shopping with my mom - lately shopping's revolved around the house or the baby so it was fun to just hit the sales for ourselves.

I love this dress because it'll fit for most of this summer then again in the future (so comfortable and a great price!).  This coverup I was able to just get my regular size and one of the sales girls recommended this style dress because it's great for a growing bump but also can be worn again next year.

We got some of the big rooms packed up like the kitchen and our bedroom/bathroom and poor Stella is confused as could be.  A quick nap after each session was needed.

The weather ended up being nicer than expected so our first patio meal (Mexican!) was the perfect way to spend a night with family.  A virgin margarita too.

I wouldn't say I've had too many cravings but I've definitely been more interested in donuts than usual.  We made our first ever trip to Krispy Kreme and my goodness we will be back! 

Something I wanted to do this summer was go strawberry picking so while we had an open afternoon we figured it would be a good time to do it! 

Obsessed with these old navy workout shorts - great for pregnant or not.