Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday Musings

Today is my first day back at work and Mary Tilman's first full day at school. Say a quick prayer that I spare my co-workers the ugly cry face!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Christmas Gift List: Home Decor

One thing I love about home decor presents are they are universal. While you need to cater to the recipient's taste, you don't have to worry about a size :)

I am not one to love a lot of clutter around my home but I do love unique pieces. You give me an hour and a Home Goods and I am one happy girl.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Christmas Gift List: Shoes

Shoes... a girl can never have enough. Shoes are the best thing ever because it doesn't matter what your hip size is to be able to rock the trendiest pair. I also love them because you can go as cheap or as expensive as you want (i.e. Old Navy to Louboutins).

Sam Edelman Petty - These are super comfortable
Nine West booties
BP. Wedges
Steve Madden flats
C. Wonder slippers

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Christmas Gift List: Dresses

Keeping up with the gift giving theme is a roundup of dresses from around the web (and I am noticing a trend of black and grey). I am all about a dress, tights and heels for both work and play... especially tummy tucking tights.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Christmas Gift List: Jewels

I love jewelry... both giving and receiving it! Luckily there are tons of great places to find the perfect gift. While jewelry can be subjective to the recipient, it is one size fits all and usually comes in great prices.

Here is a round-up of a few for ladies on your list:
Bauble Bar bangle
J. Crew Factory necklace 
Banana Republic earrings
C. Wonder bracelet
Anthropologie earrings

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Atlanta: Shops

In keeping with the holiday theme and shopping season, here are a few of my favorite Atlanta stores. My motto is if you can't find it here, you can't find it anywhere.

Boxwoods - This precious store is located in Buckhead and has some great gift choices.

Gramercy - I would die for their linens in every room of our house. Gramercy has some gorgeous monograms and great gift options as well. These shams in our guest room were done at Gramercy.

Gretchen's - I stumbled upon this little store online and paid a visit a few weeks ago. They have some great gifts for kids of all ages and carry my favorite, Beaufort bonnets.

Swoozie's - While not an Atlanta exclusive store, their headquarters location is just down the street from us. If you can't find a gift here, then you aren't going to find it anywhere. Plus I love their cute holiday items for an improtu get-together.

Forsyth Fabrics - Forsyth is my go-to place for fabrics. While not as swanky as its neighbor, Lewis and Sheron, Forsyth has some great prices and a pretty good selection.

Fab'rik - They have opened new stores all over the place but you can always find something at Fab'rik. I personally think their prices are pretty reasonable too!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday Musings

- I have lost all my baby weight but things are mushy and jiggly in all the wrong places. I am understanding the meaning of mom pooch and thanks goodness for winter sweaters. My goal is to start running again and doing P90x. Let's hope these tight clothes prove to be enough motivation.

- I am one of those people obsessed with pumpkin everything... PSL (pumpkin spice latte), pumpkin bread, pumpkin candles. Luckily Coffeemate sells a great coffee creamer and Trader Joe's has the best bread mix. Should I be that weirdo stocking up before December hits?

- My brother was so kind to lend me his Netflix account while I am on leave to watch the seasons of Scandal... I am hooked! I went through all four seasons way to fast and now I am at the mercy of live television. While I love it, I am a little over the whole Fitz/Olivia back and forth... just get together already.

- Mary Tilman has started to go to daycare for a few days to get us both ready for the adjustment. Well she is just happy as a clam and I am lost. The first day I refused to sit around the house only to find reminders of her everywhere (advice: if you miss your baby don't go to the mall during midday to find tons of SAHMs with their babies). There were definitely tears shed but I think it is best to spare my coworkers from the ugly cry in a week.

- I ordered Mary Tilman some clothes from the ever popular Facebook auctions and I am super pleased. The finds were a great deal and it was super easy! Sadly, she won't be rocking these til this time next year.

- I will be that person with Christmas decor up before Thanksgiving. With a week left in my leave and us traveling back home for the holiday, I couldn't pass up the chance to get it all done. I am still deciding whether I want to do the same as I have done the past three years or change it up for once. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Give Thanks

One thing I love about Thanksgiving and fall is that you get to enjoy the decor for up to three months (unlike other holidays). I also love that you can use lots of items from nature. Truly, throw a few pumpkins, gourds and leaves together and call it a Thanksgiving tablescape.

Are you hosting your family's get-together? Here are a few items to make your celebration festive:

Gather leaves from outside your home to place as a table runner / Add a touch of autumn with these pheasant plates / Using gold drinkware carries the autumn colors from cocktails to dinner / Monogrammed napkins can make even the most casual of settings a touch more formal / I have these silver gourds and love them for my dining room decor / What is more rustic than wood serving trays? / These fun cups are perfect for the weekend's tailgating or casual events outdoors

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Christmas Gift List: Tops

Next up in our gift features are tops. I know this post-partum bod is loving blouses these days. These best part is they are good all year round (and even when you are rocking a baby bump).

Trying to kick my wardrobe into high gear, here are a few favorites:
Piperlime embellished top - perfect for NYE
Blue Door Boutique striped pullover - looks super comfy
Fab'rik printed poncho 
Gap plaid tunic
Loft bow neck blouse

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Mary Tilman: Two Month Update

Sorry.. a little late on this

Weight: 11.6 lbs

Height: 23 1/2 inches

Sleep: You are sleeping like a champ. You go down around 8-8:15 after your bedtime feeding and don't wake again until around 5:00 then for your breakfast feeding at 7:00. This has only been happening for two nights though so I am trying not to have false hope. 

Clothes/Diapers: You are still in 0-3 months clothes but pants are getting mighty tight due to your long legs. Gowns are our go-to these days. You are now in size 1 diapers as well.

Diet: Milk, milk, milk

Favorite Gear: Play-gym, Wubbanubs, Boppy lounger, car seat mirror to look at yourself (you are seriously low maintenance) 

Milestones/Firsts: You made your first "trip" to the mountains of Tennessee. It was quite trying on your little self but you did amazing for a little one! You are also smiling all the time and trying to start up conversations. You also started school this week which made mommy super sad but will hopefully alleviate the waterworks on my first day back at work. Your teachers say you are doing amazing and being able to watch you on camera doesn't hurt either.

Likes: Morning time, laying in Mommy & Daddy's bed, music, your fist

Dislikes: Dirty diapers, stopping at red lights in the car

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Christmas Gift List: Handbags

With maternity leave and all, I had totally planned to get ahead of this holiday season's shopping. How many gifts have I bought? ZERO!

In honor of my slacking with Christmas being insanely close, I wanted to highlight some of my favs this holiday season. Maybe this will put me in the mood to actually buy some stuff over the next few weeks.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Life Lately (in iPhone pics)

Mary Tilman has been smiling from ear to ear these last few weeks and you can see Winnie in the background. We lovingly refer to her as Nanny (from Peter Pan) because she is MT's constant companion and bodyguard / Mother & daughter picture from our recent trip to the mountains

Sleeping shot of little bit (we love the 4Moms pack and play even more after our trip) / Sleeping beauty

Halloween pumpkin getting ready to go to meet all the neighbors. The outfit is from PBkids and kinda resembles a French beret / Another smiley shot of little miss

Daddy & daughter pic / MT relaxing in our bed this morning. She thinks big people beds are hysterical