Thursday, July 28, 2016

Winter is Coming

Even though we're locked into a miserable heat wave here in Virginia, Ned Stark's words ring through my head, "winter is coming." I can't believe that August is almost here, basically the last month of summer. Yes, the heat and humidity will carry on through September, but us ladies will bravely rebel against it, sweating it out in our leggings and adorable booties we already bought at the Nordstrom Sale.

Cardigan // Necklace // Booties (similar) // Leggings
Speaking of the sale--Nordstrom clearly heeds the Starks' warning, since they are so kind to put fall and winter  clothes on such a discount so we can all be prepared. For a few years now, I've been searching for an affordable, green coat, and I finally found it! Bonus--it's under $100. Scroll through below to see the coat and a few of my other winter-themed picks.



While we're on the subject of the Season-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named, here are a few other signs that it's coming:

1. Leggings, leggings, everywhere.

2. Pumpkin, pumpkin, everywhere. (This will be divided into two camps--those who are all about the pumpkin, and those who make fun of people all about the pumpkin.)

3. Some will begin playing Christmas music in October. You must stay strong and resist that siren call until Black Friday at the earliest.

4. Think you're tired of NSale posts? Your Bloglovin feed is about to be flooded with Gift Guides, so you know exactly what to buy everyone from your significant other to your Grandma's neighbor's cat.

5. Instagram will be overrun with pumpkin patch pictures. If you're one of those people, take care--pumpkin patches will be trickier to navigate this year with an influx of Pokemon Go players.

This is me at a pumpkin patch back in 2009--see, I was into carefully styled pumpkin photos before it was popular! #trendsetter
6. Who needs the weather channel when you've got Facebook? All of your friends will soon start posting their predictions for winter weather, and alternately making fun of everyone who runs to the store to buy bread and milk before the storm.

Once you start seeing these signs all around you, it's time to run to Costco and stock up on chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches before it's too late.

Winter is coming.

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All Love,

Monday, July 25, 2016

Weekending

We didn't do a whole lot of anything this weekend, which was nice, but it still went by too quickly. Aida and I ran some errands while Matt worked on Saturday--we braved both Costco and Target that day and survived! We met up with our friends for dinner at Burgers, Beer, and Bourbon--it's delicious, but it doesn't compare to Melt in Leesburg.

Melt Gourmet Burgers Cheese Fries
Behold, the garlic pecorino cheese fries of Melt! I must do a Foodie Tuesday post about this restaurant soon.
After dinner, we decided to go to the Frozen Custard place, where Matt and I had gone on Thursday and demolished a banana split. The "milk," so to speak, was a poor choice, and we all felt way too full. Still, though, it was a perfect evening out, and we spotted this guy on the way to our car, so we all felt a little safer that evening:

ghostbusters

Later that night, Gramma got into town! My mom drove up to spend a few more days with Aida before she has to start work again on August 1st (she's a teacher). Sunday was spent at swim class, and just hanging out with Gramma in the afternoon while Matt played golf and I helped judge 4-H Project Books at the Fair. Someone got a little fussy that evening (that's what happens when you don't take your nap!), so to combat that we went out to Babies R Us. We had our Endless Earnings Gift Card to spend, so we picked up some clothes for Aida that are in bigger sizes, and we got a few toys to wrap up later and put under the Christmas tree. Of course, Gramma had to get her some new clothes too.

Now we're just looking forward to a busy week spent with Gramma and other friends! How was your weekend?

All Love,

Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday

We made it through another week! Thankfully, we are getting into a better routine with the crib around here. I cut out one of her afternoon naps, plus I think she is just getting used to sleeping in there at night. She still takes a little while to settle down, but that is slowly getting better as well.

We've had a pretty busy week! Mommy and me on Monday, then I got to go out for Mom's Night Out that evening.


Tuesday was lunch with a friend; Wednesday we brought Matt some coffee and ran errands at Target; Thursday was a winery meetup with our mom friends; and finally, today, we're just hanging out and we might go browse Babies R Us later!


Our weekend plans are pretty low key--my mom might be visiting on Sunday and staying for a few days, so we're excited about that! Lately, I've also been thinking about painting some of the rooms in our house. It really needs to be done--I know it can be overwhelming, so I'm trying to think of it as one room at a time, one wall at a time. What do you all think? Any tips?

That's about all that's going on in our world. Have a great weekend!

All Love,


Thursday, July 21, 2016

NSale: Favorites Under $50

What a relief! We made it to Thursday! We're so close to the weekend, and even better, so close to the NSale being open to everyone! Below I've highlighted some of my favorite products under $50--some of these are great pieces for fall, and others are things you can wear now (I don't know about you, but I hate going shopping for things I have to wait to wear--consumerism at its finest!).

NSale Finds Under 50 2016



- These Hue leggings are my favorite of all time--they're comfortable, slimming, and they aren't see through the way some leggings are. I've worn them with boots, flats, heels, and of course, booties! (Some say that you can only wear leggings with boots, but I'm a rule breaker--I just fold them up the tiniest bit so they hit at the ankle and it looks great, and no one can tell they're folded up unless they get down on the ground and look at my ankles--and that would be really weird.)

This was from one of my first fashion posts in 2013. It's kind of dark (rookie mistake), but I'm wearing the Hue leggings with heels here.
- So, I used to have a beauty blender (it was an impulse buy while in line at Sephora one day), and I loved it--then I absentmindedly but it back in the container after I used it (it was wet), and of course it grew mold. I bought a cheap replacement from Target, and I don't know how or why, but it is definitely not the same! This set is a great deal, since one typically costs about $20, and this one includes cleaner. 

Kendra Scott on sale--it's every blogger's dream come true! I love this gorgeous bracelet--it would look great stacked up against a gold statement watch! 

- I also bought a pair of these Zella workout shorts. I mentioned the other week that I've been trying to get back in shape, and these shorts are so comfortable and will be perfect once I can start running outside again! (Because I refuse to run when it's 100 degrees out--no thank you.)

- This beautiful, floral top is sold out (I just saw it featured on a popular blog and knew that would happen).  Here is another beautiful blouse under $50 that comes in a variety of colors and prints. (There are several other items below that are sold out right now--I'm linking similar products, and keeping the original links too because they do restock stuff over the course of the sale. This is what happens when you put a post together, piece by piece, during baby's naptime!)

- This isn't the same scarf that I used in the picture above, but it's pretty close! Unfortunately that one sold out, but this one is still available in several prints and is less than $20! That's a win for sure. 

- Channel your inner Katherine Hepburn with this wool hat. 

- I think I mentioned in an Instagram post that I was debating getting this crossbody, and I am still thinking about it! It's the perfect bag I can grab and throw in my wallet and phone, for when I have those rare moments when I'm leaving the house without the baby. 

- The reason I haven't bought the crossbody just yet is because I'm also thinking about getting this faux suede tote. I have a diaper bag organizer that would probably fit in there, and boom--I've got the cutest diaper bag for fall. It's a great price, and also not real suede, so I won't be bothered by carrying it all over the place and getting it dirty. 

- I've heard a lot about Kut from the Kloth jeans--these come in at just under $50, but they're supposed to fit amazing and feel great, plus they would go well with a pair of booties this fall. 

- I'm a sucker for a cute watch, and the best part about this one is its price! I've been looking for an everyday watch for a while, particularly one with a leather (or faux leather) strap, so I may have to go back for this one. 

- Sad times again! The poncho is now sold out--this is what happens when you have to put your post together over the course of several naptimes! Not to worry, there are still plenty of good looking sweaters available, like this one and this one, still under $50. (I'll still leave the sold out links up, because they do restock items over the course of the sale.)

- These Kate Spade earrings are going quickly--the rose gold ones already aren't available online! I love these studs because they're just the right amount of sparkle to class up any outfit, but still casual enough to wear everyday. 

So there you have it, friends! Plenty of great items to be found under $50--this is a great time to stock up on closet staples, or maybe even shop for Christmas presents! 

I'll be rounding up what's left as we get towards the end of the sale. In the meantime, let me know if you have any questions! Some of the above items have made their way into my home, so I'm happy to let you know how it's worked out. 

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All Love

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Wednesday Currently

Foodie Tuesday yesterday, and now it's the Wednesday Currently. I'm trying out this new thing where I have a few themed posts each week, in the hope that it will make blogging a little bit easier. We'll see how it goes!

Currently, I'm...

Reading...
Not a thing, which is kind of sad. I'm hoping to make it to baby storytime again soon so I can check out some books from the library, but I also pre-ordered Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, so that will be landing on my doorstep very soon! (I say "landing" because I presume it will be delivered by an owl. Obviously.)

Watching...
The Night Of on HBO. It's intriguing--I mean it's no True Detective Season 1--but it's also very sad at the same time.

Eating...
Overnight oats. I'm a little bit obsessed. My favorite combo is strawberry, bananas, and peanut butter.

Drinking...
All of the coffee and all of the wine. Ok, just kidding--as much as I'm allowed while breastfeeding! I'm also really into the vanilla cream cold brew at Starbucks. The perfect amount of sweetness in an iced coffee.

starbucks vanilla cream cold brew

Thinking...
Planning a family dinner for Aida's half birthday! I'm sad and excited that she's growing so fast, all at the same time. I tell ya, when you're a SAHM, there's two things to keep ya sane: projects and getting out of the house. Otherwise, you become obsessed with laundry and organizing closets, and that's not good for anybody.

What's currently going on with you this week?

All Love



Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Foodie Tuesday

I have come a long way, friends.

I used to be the pickiest eater. If a restaurant didn't serve chicken fingers or a club sandwich, then my parents best be taking me to the Taco Bell drive-thru first. Ethnic food was out of the question, and you better believe I wouldn't touch seafood with a ten foot pole! Don't even get me started on how much I hated Crackerbarrel.

Obviously, things have changed. I think it started as me being your average kid who was a picky eater, but it didn't get better because I got so sick with Crohn's Disease, and I could only tolerate bland, boring foods. Once my health got under control, I became a little more adventurous (I tried sushi! And I liked it!), but I really started to expand my horizons when I started dating Matt. He pushed me to try new things, and I discovered that oysters are delicious, there's more to Mexican food than soft tacos at Taco Bell, and Smithfield's BBQ is probably a great place to stop on a road trip through the Carolinas (this is a story for another time, but it was the cause of our first fight).

Olives, however, are still disgusting.

The point of this story is that I love food--all kinds of food (except for olives, see above). So, I decided it would be fun to start a new series called "Foodie Tuesday" where I highlight some of my favorite recipes, or favorite local restaurants. Maybe one day I'll even post videos, or start a linkup! The possibilities are endless!

This week I'm featuring a favorite local restaurant, Magnolia's at the Mill in Purcellville (referred to by anyone in the know as "Maggie's). There's so much to love about this restaurant--it's got a unique look because it's inside what used to be a mill; they use local ingredients when possible; and you get a basket of sliced ciabatta bread that is actually quite soft and almost melts in your mouth.

Although you can't go wrong with just about anything on the menu, I recently tried one of their pizzas, the Kennet Square, and I just wanted to eat the entire thing in one sitting. Gruyere cheese, mushrooms, arugula, and bacon. Yes, please.


You've also got to try their parmesan truffle fries--definitely one of the best around.


Not to mention, there's so much more to do in Purcellville. After lunch, you can hit up Everyday Elegance, sign up for a tasting at Catoctin Creek Distillery, or hop over to a local winery. Again, I must say that the possibilities are endless!

That's it for the first edition of Foodie Tuesday! Are you hungry now and maybe a little mad because you're having a boring lunch and equally boring dinner? Me too.

All Love,

Monday, July 18, 2016

Weekending: I'm Exhausted

Hello friends! Hopefully, once this post goes live, I will be feeling rejuvenated from a full night's sleep. We are now a little over a week into the crib transition, and it has been a bumpy road. We had one rough night in the beginning, but after that she was sleeping through the night. However, settling her down at night is quite a task--as soon as we put her down, she cries and cries. Then, Friday night, she woke up around 2am and could not be consoled, so I finally nursed her around 3am and she fell back asleep.

Saturday night was better, but I was restless because I kept straining my ear to hear if she was making any noise. She woke up around 5:30am Sunday morning, and I felt like I didn't sleep at all. (And it didn't help that I started Phase 3 of the Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred on Friday, and followed it up with her Yoga Meltdown workout on Saturday--moving my body is not my favorite activity right now.)

I'm kind of at a loss. She takes great naps, and although sometimes she does get upset when we lay her down for a nap, she settles down pretty quickly. I'm holding off on giving her the pureed vegetables at dinner time now, because I was worried that might be making her tummy upset. I know she might be teething, but she also doesn't fuss that much at any other time of the day--just at bedtime. We've been following the same bedtime routine for months (except for the part where she sleeps in the crib, not the rock and play), and we usually get her to bed a little after 8pm. I really don't know what else to do at this point--moms, any advice?

kate spade coffee mug

Other than that, it was a great weekend! We spent time with some friends, and I shared on Instagram an extra long cardigan I picked up at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I'm really excited to wear it this fall with my favorite leggings, and a pair of peep toe booties I ordered as well.

halogen sweater nordstrom anniversary sale

I'm also debating a faux leather crossbody, or a faux suede tote. I love the crossbody and it will be perfect for when I'm out running errands by myself, but the tote is perfect for fall and I can use it as a diaper bag. However, I kind of want to see the tote in person to see if it's big enough. Thoughts? (Also, it's still early access, so you've got to have a Nordstrom card--totally worth it if you shop there on a regular basis!)



Here's to hoping we get some sleep this week!

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All Love,
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