Monday Moments of Gratitude - September 26, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016


I'm so happy you're here!! 

I'm making a point to post on Mondays about moments I am grateful for in the past week. We can all use a little more intentional thinking about things we're grateful for. With that said, I hope you'll continue to join me in gratitude on Mondays :)



Here are a few moments from this past week that I am grateful for:

Before I jump into the awesome parts of my week, I'm going to share some challenges. Lately I've been struggling with the blog (in case that isn't obvious). It's not because I don't want to be here or don't have anything to say (goodness knows, I'll never run out of things to say) but finding the time and energy lately has been the hardest part for me. I haven't read or commented much at all and my Monday posts are pretty much the only ones I'm even remotely keeping up with. I apologize for my lack of engagement but know that my reasons, aside from my Nashville addiction (which is nearly finished lol), are good ones and I know my priorities are in the right places right now. At some point I'll turn my focus back to this place a little more, but to give a time frame on that is impossible. So thank you, to you beautiful people who read and comment and follow despite getting very little back. I can't even tell you how grateful I am to and for you. For those who will always be here when I come back and don't hold this 'break' against me. 

This week started with me getting sick which was obviously amazing. Or not. Mini me and I are also rocking a pretty hardcore cough. Little man has a cold and runny noses are shared by all. Thank goodness I bought the Costco sized box of tissues... hindsight, I probably should have bought stocks in Kleenex.

A day off - I get a Friday off every once in a while and this week was it. It literally could NOT have come at a better time. I pulled my neck earlier in the week so I booked an hour-long massage which was perfect (and fixed my neck, so yay). I got some shopping done and a few things accomplished around the house. A good day.

 post-massage relaxing 


Lots of help - Mr. B found out he had to work out of town all weekend and I was NOT looking forward to doing all of the things with no help. Thankfully, I had LOTS of help and ended up getting a ton of stuff accomplished. I'm talking laundry, food prep, homemade soup, some cleaning etc. PLUS having some help meant I didn't have to take Ollie to Annabelle's dance class during nap time (thank goodness) and got to have a much needed night out Saturday night.

nothing like homemade butternut squash soup! YUM


Girls night out - a night out with some awesome women is always food for my soul. Plus the actual food was amazing. As was the wine :) But neither as great as the company. I seriously need to try and do this more often. 
that's lipstick, not wine lips lol and my Stella and Dot "natalie" necklace (LOVE it!)



Another family nap! - okay, this is another thing I could handle doing on a weekly basis! Mr. B surprised us by coming home early Sunday and we were all exhausted so during Ollie's second nap, Mr. B, little miss and I snuggled in bed and watched a movie. I only slept for about 20min but it was a glorious 20min. I also got to sneak in a little Nashville be+ore anyone else woke up lol. #priorities 
I'm sure he'll be thrilled I posted this lol but how sweet are they?!


Alright, my allergies are INSANE right now so I need to get some meds and tissue and call it a night. Have an AWESOME week and whatever challenges come your way remember, there are just as many (if not more) beautiful moments in the every day.

xo

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Monday Moments of Gratitude - September 19, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016


I'm so happy you're here!! 

I'm making a point to post on Mondays about moments I am grateful for in the past week. We can all use a little more intentional thinking about things we're grateful for. With that said, I hope you'll continue to join me in gratitude on Mondays :)


Here are a few moments from this past week that I am grateful for:

One year with the Blended Blog - last week marked a year that some blog friends and I started "The Blended Blog". In all honesty, I can't take much created for that blog, because I'm very out of the loop right now and could definitely be considered 'the weakest link' but despite my absenteeism, the ladies remain lovely and are posting some great stuff. We celebrated one-year by hosting a scavenger-hunt style giveaway ($150 gift card of your choice) AND there's till a few days to get your entries in. Just head over to the Blended Blog and check out the posts Monday-Friday as you get 9 chances to win PER day - you can't beat those odds my friends.



Getting out of the house - work has been busier than normal as my job is switched up at the moment, this involves a bit of commuting and a somewhat scattered schedule. Despite that, I still managed to get out of the house 3 nights this week (unheard of!). Golf lessons Monday night, the driving range Tuesday night and Olivia's Freezer Friday night! It was busy but also productive, so there's that.



My tiny dancer - little miss had her first dance class at a dance studio this past weekend. She insisted her daddy take her (I shared a little more about that in Instagram) and despite my heart breaking a little, it was also touching to see the relationship between her and her daddy. Plus, he remembered to take pics (he's lucky) and he brought me home a coffee. Oh and little miss was a star (obviously).


A lunch time run - I'm stuck somewhere between eating all the things and watching all the tv and wanting to be healthy and taking the necessary steps to get to that point. The good news is that I've been slowly moving in the right direction. My schedule and motivation isn't such that I'm doing ALL (or even of a fraction) of what I need to do but I'm getting there. I choked down a few salads (unfortunately I also ate McDonalds too.... *hangs head in shame*) and went for a run (yes "a" run, I'm a work in progress alright). I mostly decided to go for a run because I was freezing in the office and there's a gorgeous park by the office I'm working in right now. Now.... to get myself doing that a few times a week lol.



Family nap (and family time) - this might be the highlight of my week. Saturday was a rainy, gloomy kind of day. Brent was FINALLY home for a day so we did the obligatory running around (groceries) and then headed home in time for Oliver's nap. Mr. B had the fantastic idea for he, Annabelle and I to snuggle in bed and watch a movie (aka nap) and miraculously, ALL 4 of us had overlapping naps. It was GLORIOUS! We spent the rest of the day being lazy and enjoying each other's company which is just what we all needed.



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Happy Blogiversary to The Blended Blog

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Blended Blog is celebrating it's one-year anniversary!!!

AND because we love you all so much, we're hosting a Giveaway for $150 gift card of your choice!!

Get on over there every day this week to participate in the Scavenger hunt for your chance to win :)


Monday Moments of Gratitude - September 12, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016


I'm so happy you're here!! 

I'm making a point to post on Mondays about moments I am grateful for in the past week. We can all use a little more intentional thinking about things we're grateful for. With that said, I hope you'll continue to join me in gratitude on Mondays :)



This past week seemed fairly chaotic on a number of levels. It wasn't a bad week per se, it just seemed busier than most weeks (which is saying something, because I feel like I'm always busy now that I'm working). Despite the hectic nature of the week, there are certainly a number of moments worth celebrating/sharing/logging in the memory books.

Here are a few moments from this past week that I am grateful for:

Improving my game - week 2 of my golf lessons (I mentioned them last week) and seeing improvement. Not that big of a deal for most, but I haven't played in years and it feels good to at least see some kind of progress after 2 lessons. Too bad golf season is almost over here lol. 

My first trunk show - I had my first trunk show this week! Part of the reason I love Stella and Dot so much is because the trunk shows are really just great girl's nights with a little dress-up and shopping mixed in. It was great to catch up with some of my favorite ladies AND share some pretty stuff. A few lovelies that weren't able to attend even placed orders :) thanks ladies!

stella dot trunk show


Quite time - with Mr. B out of town ALL weekend (like 6am Sat til late Sun night) I was parenting solo. That combined with my currently tantrum-prone toddler made for a rather interesting Saturday. And then, like the angels that they are, my neighbors offered to take mini-me fall strawberry picking Sunday morning. This just happened to coincide with little man's first nap. That meant quiet time for mom! You want to know what I did with that time? I took one look around my house - laundry unfolded, dishes to be done, floors to be vacuumed - I made myself a cup of coffee and watched two episodes of Nashville and vowed to not feel one bit guilty about it. Fear not, I kicked it into high gear later and moderately tidied the house, did some meal-prep and finished the god forsaken laundry. Go me.


I'm working out of town for the next 8 weeks which will mean 1 hour drive each way to work (yuck) so gosh only know what that'll mean about here all I can promise is I'll do my best :) Happy Monday friends... I'll help start your week with a smile 

happy little boy


WAIT - before you run off did you know this week marks the one year anniversary of The Blended Blog???? WELL we're hosting a Scavenger Hunt/Giveaway so go there RIGHT NOW for your chance to win :)


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what I wore in the in-between

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Summer is slowly on it's way out the door... with the end of the last long weekend, cooler nights and the sun saying goodnight a little earlier and sleeping in a little later, it's pretty clear that fall is on the horizon.

While we wait, anxiously, for full-blow fall weather, we're now in the in-between, that sweet-spot amidst days at the beach and afternoons spent trolling the pumpkin patch for the perfect gourd. 

As much as I adore this time of year, to say it's a challenge fashion-wise is an understatement. Layers feel like the only option... that is, unless you can find the perfect dress.


burgundy floral fall maxi dress


I bought this dress a few months ago after sending my good friend, Deena, a pic and at her insistence.

It's one of those things you buy because you like it so much but you can't picture yourself wearing it. So it sits, tags on and lonely among the other lost and forgotten garments... until that one day it catches your eye and you think "I forgot about that dress!"

I had that day last week, I spotted this perfectly-fall-colored-but-cool-enough-for-warm-weather dress and went for it. Apparently I looked as fancy as I felt because Mr. B joked (I think he was joking) when he saw me asking where I was really going that day. Just work, I swear.


burgundy floral fall maxi dress

Let me tell you, despite feeling a little tired after what felt like a long week and despite feeling self-conscious about my body (as a result of over-indulging and under-working out this summer), I felt pretty all day long.

There's just something about a dress that flows with your every step and that's skirt catches in the wind like a you're spreading wings. Seriously, if for no other reason than to feel like a super model once in a while, go buy a super flowing dress RIGHT now and throw it on the next moderately breezy day. You'll thank me :) And don't forget to have a twirling session in your back yard because there's really nothing that will make you relate more to your toddler who is constantly begging to wear princesses dresses... I get it kiddo, I totally get it now.

burgundy floral fall maxi dress

burgundy floral fall maxi dress

stella dot on the mark and bar engravable

The dress seemed to kind of have a lot going on so I thought I'd keep it simple with accessories. I'm LOVING the look of layered delicate necklaces and these two are my faves.  

stella dot on the mark and bar engravable


Of course this momma had to get her engravable with her little's initials :) 

stella dot on the mark and bar engravable

HAPPY WEDNESDAY!!! Put something on that makes you feel like a princess, you won't regret it :)


My dress is from Winners but here are some similar and equally pretty ones:





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Monday Moments of Gratitude - September 5, 2016

Monday, September 5, 2016


I'm so happy you're here!! 

I'm making a point to post on Mondays about moments I am grateful for in the past week. We can all use a little more intentional thinking about things we're grateful for. With that said, I hope you'll continue to join me in gratitude on Mondays :)



Here are a few moments from this past week that I am grateful for:


What moments are you grateful for this past week? Linkup your gratitude posts below!!

Practicing my game - I can't remember (and am too lazy to look) if I shared in a previous post that I'm making an effort to get out of the house one night a week. When some coworkers asked me to join them for golf lessons for the next few Mondays it seemed like a perfect fit. Nevermind the fact I haven't golfed in years and hadn't the faintest clue where my clubs were. First practice definitely had me humbled but was so much fun (despite the pesky mosquitos)!

golf lesson selfie
nothing like a selfie at the driving range

Girl's day - little miss had a doctor's appointment Tuesday, it seemed silly to go to work, pick her up and then go back to work so instead, I decided to take the day off and we did a "girl's day". We had a coffee/donut breakfast date, did some shopping (apparently it's NOT too early to get a Halloween costume or snowsuits - thanks Costco), saw the doc, and went for a walk. It's hard now that I'm back at work and feel like so much of my time spent with the kids is rushed, this was the day mini-me and I needed.

rapunzel halloween costume


Yummy eats - can I tell you how thankful I am to have a freezer stocked with ready-made meals (thank YOU Olivia's Freezer) and it's been awesome trying so many new dishes. On this weeks menu was Shrimp Capellini (I used spaghetti noodles and spaghetti squash) and Asian Beef wraps. It's highly unlikely these meals would have come to fruition in my kitchen in the middle of a work week, so it was a total win in my books... and DELISH to boot!

shrimp capellini


New pretty things - I received some more pieces from Stella and Dot (yes, I have a problem) and I have to tell you I'm in LOVE with layering the delicate necklaces. I see an intervention in the not-so-distant future.

stella and dot ear jackets

stella and dot ear climber, arrow necklace, engraveable necklace, new moon necklace


Long-weekend fun - we had no plans this long weekend but ended up having lots of fun (and we still have a whole day left!). An impromptu BBQ and family sleepover one night, a trip to my aunt's pool/hot-tub followed by dinner, drinks and cards with our neighbors. Please tell me I'm not the only one who feels like summer flew by in the blink of an eye!? Seriously.

for building
when in doubt, build a fort (or a "princess castle")

Oliver sleeping on the carpet
apparently I shouldn't have woken little dude up from his nap

selfie with my smiley guy
little guy loved seeing his face on my phone! how cute is that smile?!


Anyways, hope you ALL had a beautiful long weekend and now that summer has unofficially ended, here's to an amazing fall!




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warm weather work wear and ear jackets

Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Hi, me again. Yes, I'm attempting to do a "style" post, despite being somewhat of an absentee blogger since my grande return to work. Never-mind that I'm writing this post at 9:27pm on a work-night. It's basically the equivalent of writing a paper at the last minute, which, I will have you know, I was kind of AWESOME at. Probably a good thing no one is grading this post though... lol

Back to aforementioned return to work. I've been wearing stuff there, because, well, apparently that's what ya do. Also, it's been hot as all get out BUT my office is sporadically air conditioned. Getting dressed is a challenge. I need to be cool enough to not be hot when going outside (I do decide to leave the building at times) and warm enough to survive a temperamental air conditioner. Needless to say, I keep a sweater at my desk.

Here's what I've been wearing to work for the warm (and by warm I mean HOT HOT HOT and humid) weather:

This 3/4 length shirt is sheer so super lightweight and good to go with just a light tank underneath. I don't think I've ever worn shorts to work in my life, but I found this pair (on sale) and thought they'd be a great work-wear option. Also, comfy wedges for the win!

I also got this skirt on sale but when I got it home I had NO idea what to pair it with. I opted for moving towards fall-ish colors (despite the summer temperatures) but clearly failed in the accessory department.




SPEAKING OF ACCESSORIES - in my Monday Moments of Gratitude post I shared that I signed up as a stylist with Stella and Dot. WELL I also got my first couple samples and I'm in LOVE with these ear jackets. I had my eye on these ear jackets for a while and finally got my hands on them when I signed up to be a stylist.

They arrived yesterday and I put them on immediately and am happy to report, despite my tiny ears,  was not disappointed. I've only worn them one (out of 6 possible) ways but I already love how versatile they are and especially how unique they are.



So while I'm super excited about my new accessories, I'm very much less so about my baby hair-loss regrowth! SERIOUSLY, in about two months I'm going to have a full-on set of involuntary bangs. Thanks Oliver. Thanks alot.

Happy Wednesday friends!

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