Saturday, February 28, 2015

Five on Friday

1. New Accessories. You'll never guess where I found these treasures. Are you ready for it? Walmart. I know, I'm still in shock myself. 
As much as I love the boho look on others, I'm not too sure I can pull it off but for $5, I thought I'd give it a shot. The earrings were $2.88 and I can thank Aubrey for finding these bracelets that were on clearance for a dollar each. She loves a good bracelet, or 10. 

2. Aubrey has been wearing a tutu 24/7 for about a month now, give or take a few hours. She is officially the fanciest toddler I've ever met.

3. Red Velvet Vino. Yes, please! My sister in law gifted me this bottle on Aubrey's birthday as my "giving birth gift." She's the best. I mean how sweet is that? It's safe to say that although it tastes nothing like the cake, it's my new favorite. 

4. Carmine's Cookbook. Let me start out by saying that I hate cookbooks. They're always filled with recipes that have an ingredient list that's a mile long, half of the ingredients I never heard of, and I certainly don't know where to locate them in the grocery store either. This cookbook is different. The recipes are pretty basic, they use simple but fresh ingredients, and there aren't a million steps. It's my goal to try every single recipe in here. Here's the first attempt:

5. I am so over the winter. It's been a long one and I really don't think I can handle another second of the 20 minute out-the-door bundle sessions that go on over here. It takes forever to leave the house with a toddler as it is but when you need layers upon layers to prevent frostbite from happening in the 2 minutes it takes to go from point A to point B, it's a whole other level of insanity. 

Ok that's the end of my winter-hating rant. Excuse me while I curl up in bed now with my head to toe fleece get-up. 

Happy weekend! Stay warm fellow northerners! 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Aubrey's 2nd Birthday Party

Another year has come and gone just as quickly as the last and I now officially have a two-year old. We've been getting a dose of the notorious two year old behavior here and there but she really decided to prove just how real the "terrible twos" are the day of her party. She had quite the range of emotions that day! 

So how did we pick out theme this year? Well Aubrey is a total girly girl. She loves her accessories, shoes, and the color pink. This girl has been wearing a tutu round the clock for about 2 weeks now (don't worry she has quite the variety now and we switch them out daily). Her favorite show is Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. She adores Mickey and Minnie and she's been carrying around her Minnie doll for a while now so I thought a Minnie's Bow-tique party would be right up her alley.

As usual, I planned on taking a ton of photos and ended up with only about 30. I managed to frantically snap these when I heard the first car pulling into the driveway (oh and by the way, the first car was 30 minutes early so I didn't have all of the food out yet). My in-laws took a ton of pictures and I bet they have some really great ones on their camera roll but getting them is another story...

Thankfully, we don't have dining room furniture yet so the dining room is the perfect space for a party and I had a lot of room to work with. 

 Please look away from the tacky builder-grade chandelier that I'm dying to replace.

The most time consuming tasks of all: Wrapping the forks in napkins to make them look like bows, and making the ears and bows for the Minnie plates. It was totally worth it though because all of the girls went crazy for the plates. 

Remember when I mentioned that she had a range of emotions that day- well here it is! I tried to snap these quickly before everyone got there. She started out happy (top photos) then heard the doorbell ring (bottom photos). She wanted everyone out of her house and she was not beating around the bush about it either. Thankfully, a few minutes later my best friend showed up with two of her best friends in tow and she was freakin' ecstatic. Violet and Eva totally saved the day, saved the party, and saved my sanity. To be fair, she was sick all week with a stomach bug and was just starting to feel better the day before her party so she just wanted me all week.

Despite the tears in the beginning, the party was a hit and Aubrey had a blast playing with her friends, eating her weight in cupcakes, and running from one end of the house to the other. Toward the end of the party (which was past her normal nap time) she decided it was time to check out. She threw a fit, refused to wear anything but her diaper and a tutu, grabbed her elephant, and went to bed. And this is why I need to blog more- I can't not write this lunacy down. She has to be reminded of this one day, right?!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

It's been a while...

Oh my goodness- it's been a while since I last posted! I seriously didn't realize that it's been this long and I really had no intentions of "quitting" blogging but it just kind of happened. I'm not even sure if anyone is out there following along anymore but I do hope to slowly get back into a blogging groove of some sort.

So what has been going on since I last posted in July of 2014? Well...

We did the beach thing at the end of August.
We spent a week in Ocean City, MD (as we do every summer) and Aubrey loved every single second of it. She seriously couldn't get enough of the waves, sand, boardwalk, ice cream, and everything the beach has to offer. 

In September I helped plan my best friend's baby shower to welcome her little girl.
I'll do a recap of her beautiful shower soon!

In October, we went to a wedding out of town. 
This marks our first time leaving Aubrey overnight! She stayed with my mom and it went way better than we anticipated. My goodness was it strange waking up at 8am and without being poked in the eyeball with a random object.

We did the Halloween parade and trick-or-treating thing for the first time.
Aubrey loved watching the floats and the concept of galavanting around town dressed up as Elsa collecting candy was pretty much the best thing ever for her.

We went with the DIY/last minute Christmas card photo shoot route this year.
I staged the photos, my husband adjusted the camera settings, my mom shot the photos, and Aubrey ran around like a crazy lady with antlers on. We were a good team and they came out far better than I expected. So it was a win!

Then we did the Christmas thing.
Poor kid had a stomach bug the entire week of Christmas but she still managed to have a pretty good day. Santa brought her a kitchen and it's safe to say that it's her favorite new toy because she now cooks dinner for daddy after we eat dinner. ever. single. night.

...and lastly I've been busy running my etsy shop, working part-time, and raising a two year old.
I am so amazed/thankful/proud of my little business that has been growing since I opened up shop in March. It's been keeping me busy and unfortunately is a large part of the reason why blogging has taken the back burner. I don't have much free time between working part-time, juggling home life, and my keeping up with orders. All of the time that I'm spending on designing new stuff for the shop, creating, packaging, and listing items is time that I would normally reserve for blogging.

I miss blogging so much though and I really hate that I've missed so many months because I enjoy looking back on old posts. I don't blog for a living, a few perks here and there are nice but in reality there are two main reasons why I blog:

1.) To capture and document memories and 2.) to connect with other bloggers who share similar interests.

I've met so many amazing women through blogging and I really miss you ladies! So here's to hoping that you are still out there and that you will continue to follow along on this crazy journey though my life.

Next post up: Aubrey's 2nd Birthday Party!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Recent Shopping

Get ready...
for the most exciting purchases of my haul- momma and mini sunglasses!
Momma's - Oscar de la Renta
Mini- Baby Gap

My husband never shops for clothes. Apparently, I took on that job a few years ago which I don't mind. I actually kind of like shopping for guys clothes and he loved everything I picked out so that was a bonus! Old Navy is killing it in the men's department. They've been killing it in the women's department for a long time in my book but this last trip I didn't find anything for myself.

I walked out of there with a full bag of clothes, so heavy that the bag started ripping (probably from the khakis shorts) for a little over $100. Not too bad, at all.

I popped into Charlotte Russe just to see what they had what all the young ones are wearing out these days. I realized while browsing their racks that I have really grown up. A lot. I couldn't even concentrate on the styles because I couldn't get past the extremely cheap looking polyester that exploded all over that store. I wore that stuff and I loved that store and their sky high heels and platforms and there I was totally appalled at the fabric. Wow. Times have changed.

This next haul is from about a month ago because I've been that good at updating this blog.
As I was saying, times have changed and now my default store is J. Crew. So here we go...
Let me just start off by saying that I have yet to find a maxi dress that fits me because I'm 5'2'' so when I saw these maxi dresses that convert into a maxi skirt -and they fit me just right- I was sold, so much so that I bought 2! I tend to do that when I find something I really like. Am I the only crazy person who does this?

I love this print but what really got me about this shirt was the back:

This photo doesn't capture how pretty it looks in person but trust me, its gorgeous. 

Lastly, I leave you with a basic striped top. I swear, I never leave J. Crew without buying a striped top and my closet can prove it as you can see here:

I want to get to a closet tour/room tour/house tour but like I told you, I'm still trying to complete rooms so those tours are TBA for now.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Our Weekend

Our weekend got off to a great start on Friday afternoon- after work my parent's made the last minute decision to take the boat out so my brothers, Aubrey, and I happily tagged along. It was a nice warm summer night so it was so nice to be out and it was so peaceful too. Mike was on his way home from work and passes by the lake so he was able to join us too which was exciting.

Aubrey loves the boat! Growing up, my parents always had a boat so my brothers and I spent our summers on the water and I'm beyond thrilled that this little one will have the same kind of summer fun. She wasn't a fan of her life jacket at first but then I couldn't get her to take it off. Speaking of which- this is the girl who has boycotted all accessories (except bracelets)... hair clips, headbands, sunglasses, you name it! She is making a turn-around though, she refused to let me take off these sunglasses so she fell asleep in the car ride home with them on. Every single time we leave the house she wants to wear her sunnies and be just like mommy; I've even snuck a hair clip or two. Progress!

Holy Cannoli! She devoured this cannoli and I couldn't be more proud. Cannolis have been my favorite since I was little. I even asked for cannolis instead of a birthday cake when I was a kid, what kid does that? Anyway, she seems to have the same feeling toward cannolis so I guess that means we'll have to start planning a trip back to Sicily with her. Don't pull my arm or anything....

Saturday was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I met my best friend for lunch and we got Mexican. Oh how I love a good authentic Mexican restaurant. I'm pretty sure I made a complete pig out of myself when I was inhaling the warm chips and salsa they give you while you wait. We don't get to see each other that much because life has been so crazy for the both of us so it was so nice to catch up and SO nice to have some adult conversation.

My BFF (yes, I still use that term and I probably always will) is expecting in October so we took a trip to Babies R Us to work on her registry, picked up her invites, and gathered all of the materials she needs to liven up the envelopes.

I left the house early on Saturday so I could sneak in some shopping before meeting up with her though. Can I just tell you how much I love shopping alone? It's amazing, refreshing, relaxing, and also completely frustrating. I took the baby seat out, took the SUV, and was fully ready to load it up to maximum capacity with all things home-related. You know how this is going to end, right? When you're looking for something/have the space to get it home/want to finish decorating even a single room in your house - you can't find a thing you freaking like!

I made a few stops in the mall too and I'll share that haul with you later this week. For now, you can check out that lovely i-Phone photo of clothes dumped out on my bed.

No baby seat? So weird. 
I found a bench in TJ Maxx last week but I had no way to fit it in the SUV because of the baby seat. I had a feeling it would be gone by the time I went back for it, and I was right but I was hopeful that I'd find a good replacement. I did find another bench- thankfully- but that is all I found!

I've been searching high and low for decor items to finish up some rooms in this house, hell I'd be happy to even finish just one room! I might be a little too picky but I have a vision in my head and I'm not settling and so here were are with a bunch of naked walls.
This bench is clearly Aubrey approved.

Sunday was a day of cleaning, organizing, and grocery shopping aka back to reality!

Monday, has really set the stage for the week too because poor little girl woke up with a fever and here I am typing this on Tuesday morning at 8:50 am and she is still asleep. This little firecracker is always up at 7am on the dot so I know that she's not feeling well. She's cutting an eye tooth (such a strange name, btw) and I was thinking that was the cause of the fever but she's never been like this when cutting a tooth so I'm thinking a trip to the doctor may be in order soon.

Wish us luck for a speedy recovery because this weekend is jam-packed, yet again and we need to be ready!