Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thursday Thoughts

If you like Habachi salad dressing then go to your local Fresh Market and get this dressing. While not an exact replica, it is a pretty good second.

I got a spiralizer for Christmas and it is a new favorite. The best part is you can trick your kids into eating more vegetables :) Here are some recipes that look like good tries:

We have started down the potty training path and it doesn't look good. Most stories I have read said don't push if you have an "independent" child and they are so right. I have doled out so many bribes and come up useless. Prayers we will have her out of diapers before brother comes.

I had Monday off so Mary Tilman and I made a visit to the mall (we both happily obliged to a shopping trip). We popped in Anthropologie and they have some great new arrivals. Unfortunately for me I can't fit in my normal clothes anymore. Although I am tempted to buy some "lose baby weight" inspiration pieces:

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wednesday Words

Having an opinionated two-year-old puts things in perspective. She has some headstrong thoughts on what she wants to eat, what she wants to wear and what she wants to do. She can push her limits (multiple times a day) but as hard as it gets, I wouldn't have it any other way. 

As much as I would love to say I have grown into this amazingly confident women the older I have become, that would be a lie. I can fight tooth and nail on some issues but on others just curl up and keep my thoughts to myself. There are some people I can share anything with because I know we have that relationship but there are others I just can't seem to be the real me. In both professional and personal life, it is a constant battle to stay true but also please others.

However, the older I have grown, the more I have been able to see both sides. While I know I am right in a lot of situations, boy do I know when I am wrong. Growing up in a small town and moving to an (extremely) big city has given me new perspective on all walks of life. Everyone has a story--something they are going through but may not share. We all have our bad days but we also all have our good. 

When I look at my little sassy pants, I can't help but smile because I know she will be a remarkable woman one day. She will fight for herself but also has the most loving and caring demeanor. It is crazy that a child can teach you to stay true and stay humble but most of all just stay yourself.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Baby Boy Nursery Inspiration

Since Baby Boy is the second bambino, he is getting several items from Mary Tilman's Nursery. Mainly, the crib / bedding / dresser / chair. The chair needs a reupholstering job but other than that, everything is perfect for its new home.

Even though we are re-using a lot, his arrival still gives me lots of inspiration.

I am leaning towards wallpapering a focal point in the room and love this safari animal print. While I wasn't really going for an animal theme, I am kind of loving it.  I am also still debating on a buffalo check for the curtains but overall slightly giddy over this room board of gold, grey, white and blue. Now if only I had an abundant amount of time. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Ikea Hack | Rast Chest

I love a good DIY and it is even better when you like the final project (there have been many craft fails in my time).

I can't take full credit for this hack due to to Hubs doing everything but I did find the inspiration picture :) This sweet little chest is in Mary Tilman's new big girl room. We moved her dresser to the nursery so I needed some drawers and for under $75, this turned out pretty cute.

Materials Needed:
Instructions include: build, paint, attach hardware and you are done! Easy peasy and super cute.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


I rarely look in the past. Yes I reflect but I am always looking forward.

What will I eat for lunch? What will our next vacation be? What will our next big "life thing" be? What is to come? 

I am always looking into the future and thinking. Thinking about the what-ifs and not the right nows.

As simple as it is, my new mantra is to live in the moment. Live in the now and embrace the present.

I want to remember the hilarious one-liners my toddler is saying. I want to be able to play without worrying about the next household chore. I want to go on a date night with my husband without thinking of the next item on my to-do list.  I want to appreciate vacations, not thinking about where next.

While it sounds simple I think with social media and life today, this is a hard accomplishment that few conquer. It will take sacrifices and less me-time but I will be richer in memories. If you take all of life's luxuries away, aren't you only left with the memories you made?

My other 2016 goals are also carryovers to this year. Scratch that, not goals but a new way of living in the moment.