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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Spring Bag

It seems that every year, about this time, I start itching to get a new bag for Spring.  I got a new bag last November that I still like, but I love seeing the new Spring styles.  If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you probably know I have a thing for Michael Kors.  His Santorini natural tote is a current fave.
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Kate Spade’s straw bag with “petuna” ribbon is also pretty cute!
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And I’ve also love Tory Burch totes.image
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Trina Turk’s canvas tote with pink and green and shiny patent bottom also caught my eye.
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P.S.  Today is the last day to enter the $200 e-spree giveaway to Joss & Main.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Losing the Baby Weight

I have struggled with writing this post- started writing it a million times in my head but couldn’t commit it to the blog.  I think it’s because I haven’t reached my “goal” yet, but I decided instead that it might be worthwhile to talk about the process and celebrate my progress, even if I’m still not completely back to my pre-pregnancy body.  And I’m not sure I ever will be since things like wider hips just might be here to stay.  Really, I’m okay with that since I’m pretty small-framed, it’s nice to have some curves!
Let’s start at the beginning. 
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All my life I’ve been in pretty good shape, but I didn’t start working out until college.  I liked the way lifting weights helped turn my skinny body into a stronger, more muscular shape.  In the six months before I got pregnant, I was working out with a trainer a couple times a week, doing a couple days of cardio, and eating pretty clean.


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My goal was to get in bikini shape for my sister-in-law’s wedding in Vegas that June.  I also colored my hair dark brown!  This pic was taken in Vegas at the Bachelorette party.  I’m about 5’1 and weigh about 106 pounds here.
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I also got pregnant that month!  Here I am about two weeks pregnant.  And morning sickness was starting to kick in. 
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At the VERY beginning, I liked the changes to my body during pregnancy, i.e. bigger boobs!! ;)  But, then, for the first trimester of my pregnancy, I was exhausted.  I barely made it home from work without falling asleep.  I had no energy.  I stopped working out completely.  I gained weight- fast.  I remember one of my early prenatal visits and when the nurse lifted up my shirt to examine me, she kinda laughed and said, “you’re already wearing maternity jeans?”  Yes, ma’am- my regular pants already didn’t fit. 

I started eating whatever I wanted.  And what I wanted wasn’t healthy.  Things like ice cream and calorie rich Mexican dishes.  And even in the 2nd trimester when my energy returned, I still didn’t work out.  I didn’t work out my entire pregnancy.  I was so miserable, even though I was relatively healthy, but putting so much weight on my small frame was hard on me.  I’ll spare you the gory details.

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It’s the Little Things

that I often get excited about.  Like just getting out of the house on a weekday afternoon with the babe and stopping by West Elm and finding these Japanese masking tapes 50% off!
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There’s no “reasonable” explanation for why I had to have them, nor do I know exactly what I’m going to do with them, except that they make me deliriously happy!
Hope your week is going well friends!
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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Our Easter Brunch

Our Easter weekend felt so good.  As I sit here writing this post I just feel peaceful, relaxed, and so blessed.  Our son is sound asleep for the night and all I can think is “We.Are.A.FAMILY.”  I think because we did so many “family” things with James this weekend, it’s really sinking in that the three of us completely make up our own family.  We (Jimmy & I) are obviously still our parents’ children, but now WE are the parents and the ones driving the car to the zoo and the beach with OUR little guy in tow!  It’s a little surreal when I stop to consider it. . .

I do have some super cute photos of the zoo and beach trip to share with you, but today I’m giving you a glimpse of our

imageLast week I shared some of my inspiration photos, and this weekend we had Jimmy’s sister and family over to partake of a lazy Sunday brunch.  I am SO thankful for having a sis-n-law that I love to be around.  She’s funky and cool and sweet and wise (having been a mom for about 8 more years than me, even though she’s younger:), I really appreciate her perspective).  And since they live pretty close, we’re able to spend a lot of time together, which is especially fun with the kids. 

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The table was inspired by these $2.00 plates from Target, which kinda remind me of the fun style of Jonathon Adler.  And because they’re plastic, we can use them outside this summer.

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James was really clingy, wanting to be held a lot on Sunday, so sista swooped in and played with him in the living room so Jimmy and I could finish cooking.  (That’s the kind of greatness I meant about the sis-n-law- I didn’t even have to ask for her help and then I was relaxed because I could hear James laughing and playing, instead of pulling on my leg.)

Jimmy made the most awesome breakfast potatoes, and I made Barefoot Contessa’s sour cream coffee cake- so delicious!  It’s a new tradition for Christmas, but was so good at Easter too.  We also had pancakes, scrambled eggs and bacon.  And coffee!

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I took a cue from Hi Sugarplum and planted some herbs in aluminum pails for a fresh addition to the table (they’ll go outside to grow tomorrow).  WalMart sold the herbs in plantable pods for just $3.33 and the pails were $1.00 at Hobby Lobby. 

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I’m not a big drinker, but the

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sure went down easy!

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The food was delicious and we lingered at the dining table enjoying easy conversation that comes from lots of time spent together.  We ate too much coffee cake.  We laughed as we watched our nephew put chocolate chips on his pancakes (his request for chocolate chip pancakes came after the last one was cooked, so he got a side of chips instead.) 

After the dishes were cleared, we hung out awhile in the living room, and Jimmy and our nephew played video games (a familiar scene in our house for sure- the couch seats are permanently indented).  James played with his Easter pail and threw the plastic eggs in and out of the bucket.

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All gone.

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Before they left, we made sure to get a few pics of James and his cousin together.  James is so fascinated by him, but I can see why- that 8-year old kid is one of the funniest, smartest, and coolest kids I know.  I love watching them interact with each other. 

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Hope y’all had a wonderful weekend too!

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Good Friday

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Wishing you a wonderful Easter weekend!  We’ll be playing today, taking advantage of Daddy’s day off!  Hope you have a fabulous loooong weekend!

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Rhinestone Silhouette Promo

Since teaming up with the super folks at Silhouette to help promote some of their products on my blog, they’ll send me fun stuff to play with on my Silhouette machine from time to time.  The machine is a craft cutter that cuts all kinds of shapes that I used to spend waaaay too much time trying to cut by hand.  But the machine also cuts fabric and now they have a really cool rhinestone kit that lets you cut a template for your rhinestones to fit into, then adhere to whatever you want to put them on.

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The other night I embellished a plain black tank top with rhinestones using a cross template from the Silhouette store.  I feel kinda dorky posting this picture of myself wearing the tank, but I wanted to show you the finished result!  (thanks to my babysitter for snapping the pic!)

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It really was pretty easy to make, took me about an hour.  I just watched this video on YouTube, then followed the directions.

So, if you’d like to get your hands on one of these Silhouette machines and rhinestone kits, Silhouette is having a SALE!  Yay! I love to save money!

This Silhouette rhinestone bundle includes:

  • Silhouette SD
  • rhinestone starter kit
    • 2 sheets of rhinestone template material
    • 2 sheets of rhinestone transfer tape
    • 2 rhinestone backing boards
    • rhinestone placement brush
    • clear 10ss rhinestones (~864 stones)
    • bonus CD of rhinestone shapes and alphabet
  • clear 16ss rhinestones (~576 stones)
  • clear 20ss rhinestones (~288 stones)
  • pink 10ss rhinestones (~288 stones)
  • pick-me-up tool

This Silhouette rhinestone bundle retails for $349.99, but with promo code HWH you can get it for $229!  You can go HERE if you’d like to take advantage of this offer.

This promo code is good from April 21-26, 2011. 

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Designer Crush {Ashley Goforth}

I was browsing around Pinterest, my latest obsession, when I stumbled upon some really gorgeous spaces designed by Ashley Goforth.  And guess what, she’s in my city!!  I love her clean and classic styling and muted tones.  Nothing is too fussy or overdone.  And the rooms look so effortless. 

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I feel like I am finally getting comfortable with my design style and what appeals to me, which is helping me create a more cohesive look for our home.  I now realize that I can admire other styles, but don’t necessarily have to try to make them work in our house.  Ahhhh, the revelation!  It’s about time I learned that!   I’m hoping it will save me lots of money and frustration in the future!

So, are y’all on Pinterest?  And do you have a favorite designer?

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Easter Brunch

Easter is upon us again, one of my favorite holidays.  Full of the freshness and newness of Spring perfectly consistent with the hope that Jesus brought when he rose!  Thank God for that!

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This year, after church, we are hosting a small Easter brunch at our house.  I love the casualness of brunch, it’s easy and relaxing.  Having the brunch at home gives the kiddos free reign and lets the adults kick back and enjoy the morning without worrying about keeping kids in check at a restaurant. 

I love a simple, light table setting with a few containers of flowers in the same hue.  Too bad our view to the backyard isn’t as stunning!

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But, what I really love about brunch is the food! I’ve always been a breakfast-for-dinner kind of gal, known to enjoy pancakes (with peanut butter and syrup!) or eggs in the evening.  My cooking skills aren’t all that great, but my French toast, coffee cake, and blueberry muffins are actually pretty good.  Fresh fruit is simple enough to assemble and with some coffee, oj, and perhaps a little champagne, you’ve got yourself a little brunch party!

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And after we eat, of course it'll be time for an Easter egg hunt!  I’ve been really impressed with the different variety of decorated eggs I’ve seen lately.  We haven't done any here yet though. 

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I’m really looking forward to it!  What are your plans??

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