Friday, May 22, 2015

5 Favorite Summer Essentials

I can't believe that summer is just right around the corner!  Although with the weather we've been having lately, you'd never know it (temps in the 40s!).  Either way, I'm so excited for warmer weather and spending LOTS of time outside.  I'm excited to 'kick off' the summer season with Memorial Day weekend and I'm also looking forward to having an extra day off of work. :) I've rounded up a few of my very favorite summer items below and cannot wait to use them!



maxi dress | flip flops | swim suit topbottom | picnic blanket | tote



I am loving this floral maxi dress from Land's End, and how cute is that watermelon Kate Spade tote?!  Gotta have room for all of Reese's toys, wipes, and sippy cups :)  I have those Havaianas flip flops and LOVE them!  I wore them during our vacation to San Diego last year, and they were so comfy!  I love the little jewel on them too- adds a little flair. :)  I'm currently on the hunt for a new swim suit, and since I'll have a growing belly, a bikini is the way to go I think.  Can't forget a picnic blanket for all those outdoor meals, and this one seems perfect for my needs.

I also came across 2 super cute tote bags that I am loving right now.  I know a few bloggers are fans of Rifle Paper Co, and they recently did a collaboration with LeSportsac; how cute are these??





tote 1 | tote 2

Can't forget things like sunblock (especially for this fair skinned gal and a certain toddler!) and a cute pair of sunglasses to keep those sunny rays at bay!  I am so ready to splash around in the pool with little miss this summer and spend lots of quality time together.

Who else is excited for summer?!

Happy Friday, and have a great Memorial Day weekend!!


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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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GIRL!!!

I have to say that I was a little surprised, since I was leaning a little towards boy.  This pregnancy has been really similar to my first, so I should've known it was a girl.  I'm looking forward to re-using Reese's clothes and seeing her sister wear them all. :)  We're both really excited and can't wait to welcome this little girl in September!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Home

It's crazy to me that this month, we'll have been in our house for 5 years now.  It seems like just yesterday we were planning and watching the building process, and here we are, married, with a 2 year old, and one on the way.  So much can change in a few short years!


Scott and I first started looking for houses in 2009 and we could never quite find what we were looking for.  We came across a model home and just out of curiosity, talked to the realtor about building.  We toyed with the idea for a while and then seriously started considering floor plans.  Scott's uncle is an architect so he and Scott met a few times and revised the floor plan of the model home.  Once we had the plan we liked, we found our lot and started building!  (Not quite that easy of course, but that was the gist of it :).

This is what we started with in December of 2009.  Not very exciting I know.  But I have to say it was crazy to see our house being built and being able to walk into each room and visualize what it was going to look like.  


We added some personal touches, like writing our initials on one of the 2x4s where our bedroom was going to be.  Even though you can't see it now, I like knowing that we put our mark on this house and that it's there.

Between picking out cabinets, light fixtures, and paint colors, it was a whole lot of craziness and stress.  Building a house is definitely no easy task, and I can say with almost certainty that if you can survive building a house with your spouse, you're in it for the long haul!  It was worth it in the end, but there were definitely drinks consumed daily during that time. :)  


















If you want to see how our home looks now, make sure to check out our home tour here.  
As stressful as the whole process was, Scott and I have decided that we will build our next house too, so stay tuned for when that comes... ;)


*I was contacted by Compass to share my story about our first home to contribute to their Starter Stories series.  Compass seeks to help those in the NYC area find the neighborhood and home that's perfect for them.  I was not compensated in any way for this post.*


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Monday, May 11, 2015

Baby #2 - Pink or Blue?

I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day yesterday!  We spent some time at the zoo, and while the weather wasn't ideal, it was nice to spend some time with my hubby and little miss at one of her favorite places.



I have now reached the 20 week mark in this pregnancy, which means this week we get to find out the gender!  I am super excited and am hoping that everything goes well and baby is healthy.
With that said, I want to hear your predictions on what we'll be having!  Below are some of the classic wives tales symptoms, so let me know what you think! :)
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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mother's Day Blogger Exchange

I've said it before, but being a part of the blogging community is the best!  I was so excited to hear about the Mother's Day exchange that Liz, Courtney, and Jenny hosted, and jumped at the chance to get to know other bloggers through a small gift swap.

I was excited to shop for Shelly from Windy City Baby, and if you want to see what I got for her, head on over to her blog to check it out!

I was happy to receive my box from Ashley over at Perks of Ponder.  She did such a great job and I loved everything I got.  





I loved the nail polish color she picked out and I have to admit, it's my first bottle of OPI.  I'm so excited to put it on this summer!  Some EOS lip balm, some adorable hair ties, decorative twine, and note cards were all super appreciated.  You can never have enough cute stationary in my opinion.  The best part was the cross body bag she included.  How cute is that green chevron print?!  I can definitely see myself using this during trips to the park and zoo with Reese.



Thanks again so much Ashley - it was great getting to know you!!

Make sure you head over to Liz's, Courtney's, or Jenny's blog to see all the participants and goodies!

Sweet Turtle Soup
 

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