Friday, August 12, 2016

6 Month Update

Happy Friday, friends! Life has been a whirlwind lately, and there's just been no time for blogging. My mom visited us for a week, we celebrated Matt's birthday, and we took a little road trip to Richmond. Last but not least, little miss turned six months old!

six month old

We celebrated her half birthday with a small dinner with Matt's parents. Our six month old girl is:

- Really getting into solids! So far it seems her favorites are mangoes, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, and carrots. (Although I think the carrots upset her tummy, and I am currently searching Pinterest for ways to get tough stains out of clothes.)

- Desperately wanting to crawl--she is trying something fierce, and is just fascinated by the older babies in our Mommy and Me group who are already mobile. 

- Measuring average for height and weight, but her giant head is still in the 90th percentile. 

- Getting ready to cut some teeth! The doctor spotted a few that are trying to break through, and little one just wants to chew on everything she can get her hands on (literally). 

- Less interested in breastfeeding. Now that she's older and we've started solids, she just doesn't seem as interested anymore. I'm proud of myself for making it this far, but I think we are both ready to move on when the time comes. Anyone have any tips for weaning? 

All in all, it just keeps getting better. I get a little misty eyed looking at pictures of her when she was a newborn, but I'm also so excited for her to continue to grow and learn. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

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,

Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday Friday Friday!

I'm so happy the weekend is here! I've been feeling gloomy this week, for no particular reason at all, so I'm looking forward to a weekend spent with Matt and our girl.

baby girl

If you follow social media at all, then you've probably heard about a little thing called the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I'm sure by now you've been bombarded with "early access sale picks," so I'll try not to overwhelm you any further. Honestly, I'm feeling kind of overwhelmed myself! At one point, I had almost $700 worth of stuff in my shopping cart--and I'd say about $200 of it was probably baby clothes. I managed to eliminate quite a bit, and got that total down to a reasonable number within my budget. Then, I started browsing again, trying to find a variety of items to share with you all, and suddenly I found a million more things I wanted. So we're back to square one.

Anyway, here's just a sampling of what I'm trying to choose from--as you can imagine, it's going to be hard to pick just a few things! It's one of those times when I think to myself, "gosh Kate! Hurry up and get that novel finished so it can be part of Reese Witherspoon's book club and get turned into a movie lickety split. Then you can spend all you want at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale!" #Priorities.



Our weekend plans are a bit up in the air right now--I ordered this bed a few weeks ago, and it's getting delivered tomorrow! Hooray! But, we're still waiting to hear on the timing of the 4 hour delivery window, so we'll likely just be hanging around the house tomorrow. Sunday, of course, is for swim class, and later that day we'll be meeting up with my former youth group leader who is in town for a wedding. I'm so excited for her to meet Aida--she was such a great mentor/role model for me growing up, I hope she'll be just as important to Aida!

Our Youth Group Pink Lady-z reunion last summer--Aida was only the size of a Bell Pepper! (And we referred to her as "BP" all weekend.)
What are your weekend plans? I'm getting ready to meet a friend at the mall to browse the big sale in person--as if I need a reason to get myself even more confused about what I should buy! Follow me on Snapchat (@modernkate) and Instagram to see what the fuss is all about! What kind of products are you interested in seeing? Trying to keep it real over here and find some great looks for fall that are no more than $100.

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All Love,

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Humpday!

My prediction on Monday was right---this week is definitely dragging. The weather has also been weird--overcast but still hot and humid, which always makes me feel like I'm in the middle of some YA, apocalyptic novel. I've been feeling kind of blah this week, and my thoughts are all over the place, so here are just a few thoughts for your Wednesday enjoyment!

- The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is almost here! This is something that really puts me in a good mood. Early access for cardholders starts tomorrow, and I can't wait! Of course, I can't go too crazy, but I've got my eye on a few things for myself, plus someone has a birthday coming up next month. I'll be sharing everything with you all over the next few weeks!

- My laptop finds new ways to anger me everyday. I've had it for seven years, and we've had a good run, but I think it's time to say goodbye. I currently have a Macbook Pro and while I would love to get a new one, that just isn't in our budget right now. Any suggestions?

- Aida update: Crib sleeping is going well! Sometimes she gets super upset when we first lay her down, but it's getting better. She also tried butternut squash the other night--wasn't a fan at first, but is slowly coming around. Also, no big deal or anything, but she did get featured on the Virginia Tech Instagram page!



- A lifelong dream I've had is to write and publish a novel. I'm currently working on one, and it sure is slow going! I would love to share some of it on here, but I'm hesitant for a couple of reasons. One, I feel like it's probably stupid and everyone will hate it, and two, maybe it's not that stupid and someone will try to steal it for themselves. Any thoughts?

How is your week going?

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All Love,

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Five Month Update

Here we are, already at five months! I can't believe we're making plans for a family get together for her half birthday next month, and I really can't believe that I'm also starting to think about her first birthday party!

Since I haven't been blogging too much, I'll share a few highlights from her other months as well.

- Two months: We got ourselves a social life! This is when we started attending the Mommy and Me group and meeting up for playdates. She also slept through the night for the first time, and started doing it off and on.


- Three months: A whole lot more of sleeping through the night! I also had my first Mother's Day, and quit my job to stay home with her.


- Four months: She really started interacting with us more, and that just made my heart so full. We moved her into her nursery, and sleeping through the night became the norm. This month, she was also baptized, and she took her first road trip to southwest Virginia! She rolled over for the first time, and we caught her giggling every now and then.


- Five months: We are rolling all over the place! I can see in her face that she wants to crawl, but she just doesn't know how to get there. She just started sleeping in her crib at night--previously, she only napped in it, but it was time because she's really getting too big for her Rock and Play. Little miss is a little water bug, and loves going to the pool and going to swim class. I also can't get enough of the delight on her face during bathtime! I love how she is starting to recognize people and her favorite toys. She's always got big smiles for mommy, daddy, and Millie, and her face gets the biggest smile when we give her Sophie the giraffe or her crinkly book.


We also started solid foods this month, and that has been an interesting process! More goes out than in, no shocker there, but I think she is starting to get the hang of it! We're probably going to venture into the world of soft/pureed vegetables this week, so we'll see how that goes. She is still a little too small for her high chair, so we are sticking to the bumbo seat now (although she will lean over to the side and try to grab anything within reach on the table--it's pretty entertaining).

Five months in, and it just keeps getting better.

All Love,


Monday, July 11, 2016

Weekending

Happy Monday! Those words really don't go together, do they? After the holiday last week, this one is going to feel particularly long, especially after having such a great weekend!

On Friday afternoon, Matt surprised us and came home early, so we went out to Purcellville for a late lunch. We browsed around one of my favorite stores, Everyday Elegance, and had some coffee before heading home.

parmesan fries

That evening, we had a lovely dinner with our neighbors, and then decided that we were going to put little miss to sleep in her crib that night!

Well, the first night didn't go so well. She was up about every two hours and we would have to soothe her back to sleep. Luckily, the last two nights she has slept through the entire night, so here's to hoping that trend continues!

Sunday was another swim class. This girl just loves the water! We only have about three classes left before our free period ends and we have to start paying. I really want her to continue lessons, so I"ll have to check with our local Parks and Rec--we definitely can't afford Tom Dolan after that! ($100 a month, no thank you.)

water babies

Aida also turned five months on Sunday! Isn't that just bananas? I'll have to put together another post on a 5 month update. If you'll excuse me, I now need to go clean and pack up her rock and play, and sob uncontrollably because my baby girl is growing way too fast.

All Love,

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Life with a Toddler

I've been neglectful.

I've been updating you on our life with a newborn, but I haven't shared anything about life with our toddler! Did you even know we had a toddler? Her name is Millie and she is a threenager.

goldendoodle
Photo by Hannah Elise Photography
I am fully aware that raising a dog is not the exact same thing as raising a tiny human, but it sure does come close sometimes! Since Aida has been born (and even before that), we've noticed that Millie's behavior closely resembles that of your typical 2-3 year old child. Here's why:

1. She doesn't want to sleep in her own bed.
Millie always wants to cuddle up with us at night, and gets a little irritated when we make her go to her own bed. Sorry, Millie, but a queen sizer just isn't enough for two adults and a 60 lb dog!

goldendoodle

2. She loves to play games like hide and seek, but like most toddlers, isn't quite creative enough with her hiding spots. She can always be found under the bed.

goldendoodle

3. She is curious, and is always trying to eat things that should not be eaten.
Every single walk is constant stream of "Millie leave it! Leave it Millie! Thank you Mille, good girl, good leave it. Millie leave it!"

4. She has no sense of personal boundaries.
For instance, she doesn't realize that climbing up behind someone on the couch, curling up across their shoulders, and proceeding to lick their heads is not socially acceptable.

goldendoodle

5. She hasn't learned how to share.
This is the time when toddlers start learning that sometimes they need to share their toys, but they also can't just grab toys from other kids without asking. This is a work in progress with Millie. I apologize in advance if your dog has a tennis ball, because without a doubt Millie will steal it and hoard it like it's gold.

6. She throws temper tantrums
Sometimes, we'll be getting ready to leave and we'll say "okay Millie, time to go upstairs." Millie, however, does not want to go upstairs, so she handles her frustration the way any toddler would: throws a temper tantrum, hides under the dining room table, and refuses to come out until she gets her way.

As you can imagine, we've got our hands full with our tike and our toddler. But, we love Millie dearly, and she loves her baby sister dearly--we couldn't imagine not having her as part of our family.

goldendoodle
Photo by Hannah Elise Photography

All Love,

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Nursery Reveal

Well, it is about gosh darn time I share pictures of the nursery! I filled everyone in on the inspiration a few months back, so here is the finished product!

baby girl nursery

Aida's room is probably the most put together one in the house, and we hardly even used it those first few months. I knew that would happen, but I still wanted to take some care into getting everything ready before she arrived. Growing up with two older brothers, I know how important it is to have a cozy bedroom you can retreat to for some alone time. (Ask my brothers how many times I slammed the door screaming "I hate you!" It's probably around ten million, and the last time it happened was for sure in the last ten years.) My mom always did such a great job decorating my room, and I want to be able to do the same for Aida.

baby girl nursery

Speaking of my mom, she did such a great job making the curtains, bedskirt, and seat cushion! She also put the finishing touches on a few things while we were in the hospital, and my dad helped her and installed the curtain rods and shelves.

baby girl nursery

baby girl nursery

Mimi and Grandad helped out with her furniture and some of the decorative accents, and friends and family filled her bookshelf with lots of books! That is probably my favorite thing about her nursery--it was a combined effort from so many people who loved her before she was even born.

baby girl nursery

I've also got some major closet envy. I mean, who wouldn't?

baby girl nursery

I love how her monogram turned out. We ordered a plain one from Etsy, and my mom painted it while we were in the hospital. I really wish I had inherited more of her artistic abilities!

baby girl nursery
Photo by Hannah Elise Photography
Overall, I'm so pleased with how everything turned out! Now, if I can just put that much effort into the other rooms of our house, I'll be set.

Crib, Dresser, Bookshelf: Smart Stuff Furniture Gabriella Collection // Crib sheet:Target // Curtains, Crib Skirt, Seat Cushion: Michael Miller Fabrics (here is an Etsy Shop that will make these for you, if you aren't handy with needle and thread!) // Monogram: Etsy, Jasmine Wood Crafts // Curtain Rods: Pottery Barn Kids // Ottoman: Target // Rocking Chair: Matt's Grandmother's (similar) // Love you to the Moon and Back: Francesca's // Love canvas: Home Goods // Doodles Print: Etsy, My White Magnolia // Shelf: Target // Floor Lamp: Lowe's (similar) // Table lamp: Pottery Barn Kids // Lampshade: Pottery Barn Kids // Expedit: Target



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All Love,


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

4th of July Weekending

Tuesdays are a real struggle after a very full weekend of celebrations! Luckily, Aida knew we all needed our rest, so she slept until 8am today! In fact, I think she would have slept longer, but we finally woke her up--Matt was getting ready to leave for work, and I very much needed to get some milk out of my body ASAP.

We kicked off our celebrations with dinner with friends and a pitcher of sangrita. Somebody (I won't name any names, but it starts with an 'M' and ends with an 'att') added even more tequila and didn't tell me until I already drank one glass. Lucky for Matt, that extra tequila was the push I needed to order the new bed I wanted--can't wait for it to arrive!

sangrita

On Saturday, Matt held down the fort while I treated myself to a pedicure. I also took my car (named Midnight Panther, thank you Tom Haverford) to get cleaned inside and out. The last time we did that was the weekend before Aida was born, so it was in need of a thorough wash. I did some shopping at the clearance section in Michaels, and I got to try this bakery in Leesburg I've been wanting to go to for a long time. I'll tell ya, it's a good thing I don't make it there that often--they have this amazing, giant croissants, plus a case full of delicious baked goods! Since it was a holiday weekend, I got us a slice of cheesecake and a slice of chocolate  cake. They were beautiful, instagram worthy desserts--until I went about running errands with the box in my tote bag. They ended up smushed all over each other and a little melty, so no pictures, but good gracious it was delicious!

One of our neighbors invited us to a local 4th of July celebration that was happening Saturday evening, so on a whim we decided to go (and I promise you, "on a whim" does not happen very often with a baby). Aida had a blast--she loved seeing so many people at once, and she got to discover grass for the first time. Little girl couldn't get enough of grabbing at it and pulling it out by the handful. Unfortunately, it was super crowded. Matt stood in line for an hour to get food, and he still wasn't at the front of the line, so at 8:30pm we called it a night and headed home. It was already past little one's bedtime, and no way were we going to get stuck in post-fireworks traffic.

4th of july baby

Sunday was another busy day--swim class followed by brunch and some mall walking. Monday was sadly rainy and gloomy, so we didn't do much--we had lunch with Matt's sister and her family, finished watching Season 1 of Blindspot, then hung out with some neighbors and had steak for dinner. I also made a really delicious chocolate chip smores pie that I will most certainly be making again!
4th of july baby

After such a fun weekend, we're all a little tired, so I think we'll be taking it easy this week. How was your 4th? Still partying or are you ready to crawl into bed until the weekend?

All love,

Friday, July 1, 2016

Friday Forecast: Fun Times Ahead

Hello and happy Friday! Isn't that just the corniest post title you've ever read?! I'm quite proud of it. Here I am, trying to crank out another blog post. We'll see how long I can keep it up!

Like just about every other person in this country, I love a good holiday weekend, and the 4th is one of my favorites. Everyone is so jazzed up about freedom and summer and fun times, you just can't help but get into the spirit!

Today, Aida and I are hanging around the house and getting a few things ready for dinner. One of my college friends is coming over for dinner with her girlfriend. We're going to hit up the pool in the afternoon, then have some delicious burgers and sangria for dinner. Millie, meanwhile, will lose her mind, because Auntie Laura is the person she loves the second most in this world, surpassed only by Grandpa Gary. Matt and I are a very distant third compared to those two.

Saturday, I get the morning to myself and I'm going to treat myself to a pedicure. Who knows, I may go a little crazy and have some lunch and a margarita while I'm at it! Or, I might just have to meet Matt and Aida for lunch at Señor Ramon's Taqueria. It's a new place in Leesburg that is AMAHZING. I never want to get tacos anywhere else.

señor ramon torta

Sunday is swim class in the morning, followed by brunch with one of Matt's friends from high school. At some point, I'm sure we will also grill out with the neighbors, because Aida needs to see her BFF Elizabeth!

baby bffs

I'm also determined to have smores at some point, as well as those cheap fireworks you can buy at the grocery store--Matt has never had either one of those things! I know. I am as shocked as you are. (Sidenote, he has had smores, just hasn't had them roasted over an open fire, which is really the only way to do it.)

Those are our big holiday weekend plans! What are you up to, friends?

All Love,


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Just Livin the Dream

Hello all! It's been a hot minute since I've checked in. Our life has been so full lately--here are all the hot happenings:

- As I mentioned in one of my last posts, I quit my job as a 4-H Agent to stay home with Aida. Although there are times when I miss some of my co-workers and volunteers, I really don't miss the job itself. There have certainly been tough moments in motherhood but I don't regret my decision one bit.

- The key to keeping sane is to make sure I get out of the house at least once a day. Otherwise, I get too in my head about all the housework that needs to get done and I get really prickly and cranky. Our activities include grocery shopping, mall walking, coffee dates, pool dates, swim classes, meet ups with our Mommy and Me group, winery outings (occasionally), and visiting family members (including bringing lunch to daddy some days!). We try to keep things cheap since we're down to one salary, but every now and then we'll treat ourselves (well, I'll treat myself) to a lunch out or a winery trip.

water babies

- I've really been working on trying to get back in shape. Number wise, I'm back to my pre-pregnancy weight, but I definitely feel like my hips are bigger and there's still quite a bit left that's just hanging out, keepin it real, in my mid section. I've been doing Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred and I absolutely love it. It's a quick workout (20 minutes), so I can do it while Aida just hangs out in her Dock a Tot. I'm about halfway through, and I've definitely noticed a little difference.

So as you can see, we really do keep busy around here! It's tough to find time for blogging because there is always something else that needs to be done. I've been thinking a lot lately about what I want to do with my blog. I definitely love blogging, but right now it's just so hard to keep up with it all--writing posts, editing pictures, scheduling social media, connecting with others blogs, etc. If nothing else, I'll keep plodding along and posting when I can, because I know several family members and friends who love the updates. However, at this point, I know I'm not going to be one of those bloggers who "take it to the next level" and "get paid to blog!" Sure, that would be nice, but that would be an added stress--right now, I just want to be in this moment, enjoying all the time I have with our little family.

water babies


All Love,

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Kate's Journey to 30

I originally wrote this post to publish on my actual birthday, but then I got sick and life got in the way. Here it is in all its glory!

Today, I turn 29 and embark upon the final year of my twenties.

In some ways, it's a little scary that I'm already 29. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was celebrating my 19th birthday in Blacksburg, dancing around and singing the Rent lyric, "I'm 19 but I'm old for my age, I was born to be bad." Somehow, that was a decade ago, and time continues to fly by.

I once was born to be bad. 
For the most part, though, I'm excited to be heading into my thirties. My twenties have been tumultuous, particularly in those first few years after college. College itself was an easy transition for me. When I left high school, my identity was tied to two major things: being part of a faith community, and excelling in academics. Guided by these two building blocks, I managed to fit right in at Virginia Tech. I was immediately welcomed into the catholic community on campus, thanks in part to my older brothers who were already members. Although the classes I took were challenging, I was interested and engaged with all the subject matter, so hitting that 4.0 was not a problem for me (okay, I admit it, it was more of a 3.9, thanks a lot A minuses!). Yes, there were some incredibly difficult times during college (which is a story for another post), but for the most part I spent four years on top of the world.

Virginia Tech Hokies
Just keeping it classy, hanging out on random van seats during tailgates.
And then, just like that, it was time to leave. I took a job in Winchester, and all those things that defined me disappeared. There was no ready-made faith community to welcome me with open arms--I would have to work at meeting people at church, and for an introvert like me, that was difficult. I never felt like I fit in at the church in Winchester, and eventually I stopped going altogether. I also, of course, no longer had my academics to fall back on--without those two things in my life, I was suddenly at a loss.

I suppose Blacksburg itself had also become part of my identity, and for almost a year after moving I tried to cling to that part of myself. Instead of trying to get to know people in Winchester, I made weekend trips to Blacksburg, until one weekend I realized that I was the only person trying to preserve those friendships--I accepted this fact, and the weekend trips came to a stop, but I spent about six months after that grieving the loss of those relationships.

Things got better but they also got worse. I made some great friends, but also made some terrible friends. I went through a phase where I went out too much, hung out with the wrong sort of people, and made zero effort at my job. I was desperately trying to seek connection, trying to collect as many "friends" as possible to prove I was likable, because deep down I believed that my college friendships failed because there was something wrong with me.

I don't think there was any one moment when I had an epiphany and immediately made a change (not even when my roommate looked at me and said, "Katie you're not going to meet your future husband in a bar!" HA! I sure showed her!). I got a new job, and while it wasn't a great job, it was much better than my previous situation. I no longer had to work part time at the restaurant, so I spent more time with myself, my family, and close friends on the weekends, and less time out at the bars with people I barely knew. Slowly, I regained confidence and was becoming comfortable in my skin. And then, I met Matt, and it was as if things all fell into place at the right moment.

Engagement Photos
One of our engagement photos at the scene of the crime, by SoHo Photography
I'm not saying that meeting Matt solved everything--I'm saying that I met him at the right time, when I was ready for a relationship. As my twenties progressed, I still faced many of the same struggles that other women face: low confidence in my abilities, body image issues, etc. However, as each year has passed, those struggles have gotten better. It has certainly helped to have the most loving and supportive husband around!

So now, here we are, and I'm ready to take on this final year of my twenties. I'm excited to welcome 30 next year, but for now I will focus on the present and celebrate the last 365 days of my most eventful decade yet. I don't want life to pass me by, so once a month I will do something to celebrate this wonderful life I have, and the people who are in it (ideally, this would happen on the 13th of each month, but you know, not going to set myself up for failure here). You can follow along in Instagram with #KatesJourneyto30, and I'm open to suggestions for how I should spend my special day each month!

Now, please excuse me while I go eat my weight in birthday food.

All Love,


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