Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday!

It's been a week of sunshine and warm (for New Jersey) temperatures! We've been taking full advantage of the break from the snow and cold and been park-hopping all week. It's amazing what sunshine does for the soul!

A few quick things...

This time of year, I get really into cleaning, organizing, and redecorating. I've been working on Hayden's room lately and I love this new rug we got from Wayfair. It's huge and soft and looks similar to a lot of pricier Dash & Albert rugs. I can't wait to show you his finished room ASAP. (Side note, is anyone else's kid OBSESSED with magnetic tiles like Hayden? We love these things so much!) 

A PSA for all those who are obsessed with Anthropologie's Capri Blue Volcano candle... This Citrus candle from Target is an almost identical scent and less than half the price of Anthro's (only $12.99!).


Do you listen to podcasts with your kids? I found a good one this week that curtailed the usual backseat bickering while we were stuck in traffic. Both kids listened very attentively and it was a nice change from the kid music I usually put on when all else fails!

We are in the throes of the terrible twos with Charlotte Mae. She is equal parts adorable and temperamental. I snapped this sweet picture after we had an especially hard morning this week. Seeing her sleeping so peacefully in her crib makes all those hard times melt away...


A $3 arrangement: I have always had a deep love for Trader Joe's flowers, but it seems that my favorites don't last very long at home. I saw a pretty arrangement on instagram last week and mimicked it using $3 of Eucalyptus and $3 of alstroemeria. I had enough to make two full bouquets and they are still holding up nicely 6 days later. Eucalyptus always reminds me of California so I love having it in the house. 

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday!

I can officially say our kids aren't sick anymore! Also, I got to go out for a girls night last night- always good for the soul! Aaannd my bestie is coming to stay the weekend! Aaannnd our California trip is less than a month away. Things are definitely looking up.


I know I shared this already on Instagram (for those that follow) but I feel like my kids are finally at the age where they enjoy playing together and have a lot of fun. They always seem to miss each other when they are apart. Of course, I have to break up 20 million little squabbles a day, but when they're being sweet, it really is the best!

Nick and I were texting during the day yesterday and we were both saying that we miss having a home project. I think we are going to tackle our laundry room. I've been pinning pretty images and Nick is all about the functionality but I think it will be a fun project and something that might make that dreaded chore more fun. Here's my favorite laundry image that I'm hoping to borrow from for our own space.

There are some serious President's Day sales going on this weekend if you're in the market for anything home related... I actually got 2 area rugs because we've been living with too small ones in the kids' rooms and I want the pretty hardwood to stay pretty... I got 2 rugs for around $300 which is pretty amazing for 8x10. Check out Wayfair and RugsUSA. Both shipped fast and I've had really positive experiences with both companies.

After an indulgent Valentine's Day, I made this "detox" soup that is actually really tasty.  I've been eating it for lunch or dinner the last few days.

Hope you have a great weekend!! 







Thursday, February 16, 2017

5 Tips for a Healthier Year


1. Drink tons of water. I have my giant water bottle with me at all time and I try to drink at least 3 full bottles a day (plus an extra bottle when I work out).
2. Schedule your workout... It's easy to run out of time to work out but if it's in your daily schedule instead of some vague goal for the day, you're much more likely to do it. I look at the gym schedule each week and decide which classes I want to do and when is the best time each day to work out.
3. Be positive... That being said, life gets in the way! My kids have been sick since New Year's and so a lot of times we can't make it to the gym more than 1 or 2 times a week. Instead of getting frustrated or giving up, give yourself grace for those days when things don't go as planned.
4. Give up sugar! I made this a resolution for 2017 because I'm definitely a sugar addict. I decided to give myself 1 day a month to eat sugar and then try and steer clear the rest of the month. I'm not so vigilant that I will refuse food at someone else's house. I make 95% of the food I eat so it's easy for me to make sure I'm avoiding sugar.
5. Find something you love... for me this is Barre Class. My gym has it twice a week and it's my favorite workout. I try to make it to every class that I can. After going pretty regularly for the last year, I can tell that my body is stronger and more flexible. I still mix it up with other workouts but this one always gets me excited to go to the gym.

What do you do to stay motivated and healthy??

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Homemade Valentines

Happy Valentine's Day, Everyone! How are you celebrating? We had our brunch over the weekend so we are just celebrating small with the kids today. I wanted to pop over to share some homemade valentines that we made this year. Pinterest is a gold mine for crafty Valentines and I couldn't decide on just one type so we ended up making 3 different kinds.

These cute popcorn ball valentines were for Hayden's teachers, office staff, and Charlotte's babysitter.

inspiration found here

These s'mores valentines are for our neighborhood friends.


inspiration found here

Finally, we made these animal valentines for Hayden to pass out as his class party.



inspiration found here

Monday, February 13, 2017

A Little Valentine's Bruch


On Saturday, we hosted a Valentine's brunch for friends and their kids. I've decided that brunch is the ideal meal for families with young kids. The kids have all eaten breakfast so they aren't starving. Generally, they are less cranky in the morning, and it rarely interferes with naptime or bedtime. Plus brunch food is usually pleasing to kids and adults alike.







Anyway, the kids and I decorated the dining room on Friday, hand stamping a little table runner and hanging up as many hearts as we could in the room.

I set up a little Valentine-making station with giant hearts and stickers so that kids could partake, or not. It was low-key and didn't require adult supervision.

Amazingly, all 7 kids sat and ate quietly for more than 5 minutes and it was a relaxed meal for everyone. We had french toast, hash brown casserole, blueberry muffins, quiche, and fruit. And mimosas... naturally. It was so fun and festive. Added bonus- our kids were worn out after playing all morning so the rest of the day was quiet.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday

The kids were still sick this week and we had a big snow yesterday, so we've been home all week (except for a trip to the doctor + pharmacy and of course Target). We've actually had a nice time laying low, playing, baking, and watching movies.





Last night we made cupcakes and the kids got to decorate them after dinner. Hayden sweetly offered me a piece of his cupcake, while Charlotte dove head first into all the frosting and sprinkles.

This weekend we are hosting a little Valentine's Day Brunch with friends and I'm excited to decorate and celebrate one of my favorite holidays!

I'm making my favorite french toast and of course there will be mimosas!

What are you doing for Valentine's Day? As for celebrating the actual day, Nick and I usually just cook a nice dinner at home. We have no firm plans so maybe it will be a take-out kind of night?


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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Think Pink

Valentine's Day is just a short week away and this got me thinking about my favorite color and some Gal-entine's gifts that are perfect for your best friend... or let's be honest, yourself! I've rounded up some of my favorite pink items from all over the internet.



What's your favorite item?

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Monday, February 6, 2017

A JORD Wood Watch for my One True Love


Valentine's Day is just around the corner so I wanted to share a little more about the love of my life and why he's so deserving of a special gift. Nick and I met when were 17 and dated all through college, got married shortly after, and it's now been almost 9 years since that day. You could definitely say we've grown up together; we've experienced our highest highs and some of our lowest lows together. Although our lives look a lot different than they did when were 17, this man continues to be my best friend, even as we are now in our thirties with two kids and busy lives. He supports me, believes in my dreams, would rather hang out with me than anyone else, makes me laugh, gives me so much love and space to be the best person I can be. Our love story isn't dramatic or epic, but it's one that stands the test of time and grows stronger each year.

This Valentine's Day, Jord Watches approached me to review one of their wood watches and I was so excited to select their Conway series Black and Walnut watch for Nick. He definitely deserves a unique gift to show how much he is appreciated for all he does for me and for our little family.  It's such a beautiful watch that is perfect for wearing to work and for casual days around the house. I love that Jord uses sustainable resources (something that is important to both Nick and me) and is a company run by artists and designers. They sport unique watches that are perfect for Nick who definitely has his own style. 

The watch arrived in a beautiful wooden box and was artfully packaged.


Watches are such wonderful gifts  (I gave him one at our wedding and he gave me one for our five year anniversary) to mark special occasions. I encourage you to browse their men's watches if you're looking for a unique watch for a Valentine's gift. Their women's watches are equally beautiful and well made. I definitely wouldn't mind receiving the Dark Sandalwood and Slate watch myself. With most watches between $100 and $300, there's something for everyone.

Finally some exciting news! You have the opportunity to win $100 toward a Jord Watch of your own. Everyone who enters the contest will receive a $25 gift code to be used on the Jord websiteThe contest will close 2/26 at 11:59 pm. Both the $100 and the $25 codes will expire on 4/30/2017.


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Friday, February 3, 2017

TGIF!

Charlotte was sick last week and this week it's been Hayden's turn... someday we'll all be well again! In the meantime, we've been spending a lot of time at home... If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that I ended up rearranging some of the rooms and I love it so much. Ever since high school, I've enjoyed moving my furniture around.


We've been enjoying these reusable sticker books lately. Hayden loves to create silly stories with the pieces and it's been great for increasing Charlotte's vocabulary. We have this one and this one and I know Charlotte would love this one too.


I've been planning out Hayden's class valentines and there are so many cute candy-free options out there. Here's a few that I pinned.

I have to share one of my favorite quick dinners.... We get these 4 pack organic pizza kits from Costco and throw them in the freezer. The crusts are really thin and defrost quickly. We throw on some fresh mozzarella, chopped basil, and oregano and throw it in the oven. We've also barbecued them during the summer.

Hope you have a great (and healthy) weekend!






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