Tuesday, March 3, 2015



Oh hey, it's Tuesday! I guess that Monday Moodboard I had in the works didn't get finished quite as I'd hoped. Oops! I'll blame it on Frank Underwood and the lure of comfy pajama pants and a fresh batch of chili on this dreary Swell Rio weekend. Yes, it was one of THOSE weekends. In fact, Saturday started out rather productive, but my tenacity peaked right about 1:30 pm and didn't return until Monday morning. I suppose that will happen when you finally upgrade your phone and you're sucked into a black hole of resetting apps and updating login information. Stressful? Yes. Ridiculous? Well, maybe just a tad. Then, as soon as Flyboy and I finally felt situated with all of the iPhone 6 newness, it was time to settle in for some House of Cards. I know what you must be thinking, those two really know how to unplug. Ha! Between all the buffering and baby, we couldn't help but chuckle about how our binge-watching days of the past have changed since Max joined the fam. If we're lucky, it might take us a few months to finish season three, but the cute kid asleep on my lap makes it totally worth it.

  • This Texas weather is nutty, and I'm ready for some consistent temps. Our front yard is looking rather drab, and I can't wait to start adding some color and life to the landscaping. All of the delightful plants at Home Depot are wooing me.
  • Simple pleasures come in the form of Blackberries, sipping lattes, and a new children's book about Matisse
  • As coined by my witty father, March Maxness is upon us. Yippee! There are just so many exciting things happening this month. Giddy is an understatement, my friends. Let the list-making and countdown officially begin.
  • That miniature snowman clad with Craisin eyes, pencil limbs, and a grosgrain scarf was created by my dear dad for Max. It's adorable overload, and I can't help but think my creative mother had something to do with the accessorizing.
  • I'm so happy I snapped a photo of Flyboy and Max before Mustache March kicked off on Sunday. Creepy facial hair in the name of camaraderie just isn't my thing, and I'm counting the days until the growth above FB's lip will be shaved off.

Alright, enough of my babbling. How are YOU? How's your week?

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Friday, February 27, 2015


Let's get right to it, shall we?
Here's what made me feel all twitterpated, smile contagiously, giggle uncontrollably, etc.

  • Cece Metallic Ballet Flats // For obvious reasons, I adored these flats even before I had Max. However, today, with a baby in tow, I love them more than ever because they instantly add a shiny element and complete any regular mom-semble.
  • Serena & Lily New Arrivals // Last week, the latest S&L catalog showed up in my mailbox, and I found myself drooling over EVERY stinking page. I loved seeing the work of Erin Flett featured throughout the catalog. Among all the fabulosity, I couldn't help but love this "Sun" print and this pleated pendant. They are seriously swoon worthy!
  • Kate Spade for Kids // Okay, so I knew about the Gap collaboration this past Winter, but I had no idea that there's an actual "Kids" category on the KSNY website. For as much as I stalk the online selection, I'm slightly embarrassed it's taken me so long to see this. And can we just take a moment and discuss all that's precious about this pink jacket?
  • While we're talking about Kate Spade, I should probably note how much I adore the Lily Avenue Kiki (cobalt + scallops).
  • Goodlife Key Tags // Digging through your tote can be a real hassle. Set yourself up for success and a little cheer with this adorable Hello Sunshine keychain? P.S. Is Lent over yet? Just kidding.
  • Caramel & Cheddar Boom Chicka Pop // Oh no they didn't! Oh yes, they DID! Now how am I going to get my hands on a bag? This could be really dangerous. Lady Google tells me it's available on Amazon (of course!). Do you think I could justify this as one of those necessary pantry purchases? I'm thinking it's more sustenance and less Treat Yo Self.
  • While I drool and dream about the crazy delicious mix mentioned above, I can't help but get a little bit excited about getting a gel manicure this weekend. It's been far too long, my friends. I sure hope my nail lady is prepared for this Chatty Cathy (that's me!) come Saturday and her predictable, yet classic, color of choice. Oh hey, Clambake!
  • Buckle up, color lovers! This palette from J.Crew's Behind the Design: Garment-Dyed Tees feature will make you wildly giddy. Also, is that a little Rothko I see just peeking out from the side? Mr. Muytjens, say it ain't so.
  • Along with some weekend pampering, I plan on list-making with gusto. A special thanks goes out to my trusty notepad
  • And in honor of Ron Swanson and the series finale of Parks and Recreation (hold me), maybe Flyboy and I should consider dusting off the ol' smoker? This Pitt Cue Co. cookbook might be just the right place to start.

And now, the moment we've all been waiting for...
(insert drumroll here)
You're the winner of the Hattan Home GiveawayPlease email me to claim your prize. 

As always, thank you kindly for stopping by. Cheers to a snazzy weekend, m' dears! Make it count.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015



FEELING: It's no secret I'm a pretty reserved gal. Some might even say I'm tightly wound. Ha! While I tend to approach each day with a certain amount of structure and intensity, there are a few things that really bring out the silly and playful in me (gin and a J.Crew style guide, to name a few). I suppose it's a side that I tend to protect and share with only my dearest family and friends—oh, how thoughtful! I'm not entirely sure why I feel the need to carry on like this, but I've realized that life with Max has made me a bit more uninhibited and I like it. Everyone tells you that having a baby will change you, and they're right. You can't really prepare yourself for the ways in which you'll personally evolve, but in just four short months, I can already tell I'm a better individual because of him. 

THANKFUL FOR: We plan to visit my parents for two weeks in March. Woo Hoo! As we get closer to our trip, I grow more and more excited. A change of scenery and quality time with family is much-needed right about now. I originally planned to make this journey while Flyboy was at training in January, but Beesly's surgery and recuperation put a hold on any traveling. At the time I was pretty bummed that our visit to see my parents was delayed, but I'm really excited that we get to go to D.C. as a family.

THINKING ABOUT: I typically give up soda and chocolate for Lent, but on Fat Tuesday I got a text from my mom that said she was giving up online shopping this year. Oh, the horror! In an act of support, I agreed to join her. With the exception of Amazon staples (toiletries, baby gear we can't get in Swell Rio, dog treats, etc.), there will be no "Treat Yo Self" purchases this Lenten Season. With a week under my belt, I watch the UPS truck drive by each afternoon and I can't help but wonder if my favorite delivery man misses me. I didn't really have much time to plan for this, and I'd like to tell him "It's not you, it's me." He has to notice that he never stops by our house anymore. I wonder if he misses the frequent deliveries and my frantic attempts to meet him at the door while Beesly barks.

EATING: In the last week I've tried a handful of new recipes, but there were two that really deserved an honorable mention on m' blog. If you're looking for ways to mix up your weekly meal plan, consider making this Shrimp, Avocado, and Roasted Corn Salad via Gimme Some Oven or these Parsnip and Garlic Chive Home Fries via HeartBeet Kitchen.

LISTENING TO: Shh! Do you hear that? It's the whirring sound of Max's swing, which is back in working order. Sweet freedom!

WATCHING: The Texas weather continues to fluctuate (80 degrees one day and 35 degrees the next), so Max has been a little bit congested. In an attempt to clear some of the mucus from his nose, I whipped out the old NoseFrida. Have you heard of this thing? The snotsucker features a tube that's placed against the baby's nostrils. Parents are able to use their own suction and draw mucus from their baby's nose. So bizarre and intriguing all at once. I'd heard rave reviews about this snazzy Swedish-designed aspirator, but I'd yet to try it. So, on Monday evening, Flyboy sat and watched as I 
attempted to use this crazy device on Max. After I got over the initial giggling and Max stopped trying to put it in his mouth, I was impressed by how well it worked! I can't help but wonder how effective the Windi Gas and Colic Reliever would be. Then again, I'm not sure I'm adventurous enough to give it a shot.

READING: Aww, shucks! No time for books and glossies this week (#thatmomlife), so how about a few links I really loved?

Embracing Selfishness, For Now via Design for Mankind — Oh, I needed to read these words.
How To Look Like A J.Crew Model via A Cup of Jo — Caroline is living THE dream.
Sketchy via Making it Lovely — A seriously adorable post!
10 Tips For Staying Motivated via Sequins & Stripes
Jenna's Picks via The J.Crew Blog — Of course we're bag and breakfast besties!
Stacked and Styled via Dear Lovely — I believe it's an art form.

LOVING: After last week's appointment with the pediatrician, we were encouraged to start introducing veggies and fruit into Max's diet in the event he showed an interest. We dabbled with a little rice cereal on Sunday, and he had a blast. Naturally, this meant it was time to arm ourselves with a high chair (we got this one) and a Baby Brezza Food Maker. I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty jazzed to finally make some healthy and homemade food for the bebe. I think I could have some fun with this!

Enough about me. How are you feeling today? What are you up to? Thanks for stopping by!!

P.S. Don't forget to enter the Hattan Home Giveaway. A lucky winner will be announced in tomorrow's Love List!

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Most people dust off their juicer whenever they're in need of a good cleanse. I, on the other hand, need a refreshing cocktail as a good excuse to pull ours out from the cupboard. Potato, potahto. This past Sunday, in the name of blog research, I whipped up another gin concoction, and I'm here to tell you it's a keeper! Go on and bid adieu those winter blues with something tasty.

Recipe from Naturally Ella
(Serves 2)

2 Ripe Pears
1 Green Apple
2.5 oz Gin
1 Tbsp Honey
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
Club Soda
Rosemary Sprigs

  1. Remove cores and seeds from pears and apple.
  2. Run through juicer and add lemon juice immediately.
  3. Shake juice with gin and honey.
  4. Pour over ice.
  5. If desired, add a splash of club soda and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015



Yesterday I had a dental appointment (no cavities—that NEVER happens, you guys!), and my dentist kindly asked, "So what's changed since I saw you last August?" I smiled and took a deep breath. Besides the fact that I'm no longer toting around an extra 35 pounds, I spared her the nitty-gritty details and kept my response brief. While I realize she was probably just talking about my teeth, I couldn't help but replay the past six months in my mind as she poked around my pearly whites. I hate going to the dentist—I always have—but today's appointment away from Max suddenly felt like a treat. Oh. Em. Gee. A lot REALLY has changed. In fact, I can't even believe I'm typing that, but it's the sort of freedom you forget about when you become a mom. Suddenly a routine dental appointment, which you previously detested, is now a relaxing outing. Who am I? No, seriously?! It was only when I reached into my purse to grab my keys on the way out of the clinic that I remembered "Oh hey, you're a mom now!" I suppose the random set of baby moccasins and toys floating around my tote were colorful reminders that Max was waiting for me at home. Of course I was eager to return to the little guy, but I definitely didn't hesitate to swing by Starbucks on the way home to prolong my special outing sans baby.

I hope your week is off to an incredible start!
P.S. Don't forget about the Hattan Home Giveaway. A lucky winner will be announced this Friday!
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