The New Blog in Town

I absolutely love lifestyle blogs. They are filled with genuine thoughts, fun projects, and pretty things. Who wouldn’t love that?! Recently one of my girlfriend’s from Trevecca started her very own blog, LB In the City.

It’s sparkling new, and yet I am already obsessed with it. Incredibly trendy, stylish photos, and fun content! You all HAVE to check it out! (Especially her charming bio! It makes you want to be her bestie). Last week she posted about some boutique finds. Her post included links and prices to everything she was wearing. It was so fun! I can’t wait to follow her adventures around Nashville.

So seriously… Check it out!!

 

Blog Plug LB

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My Newest Obsession: Lush Shampoo

Back in April one of my best girlfriends came to visit.  We had a ton of fun! She also brought this amazing shampoo, Big Shampoo, from Lush.  I first noticed because her hair smelt seriously great.  It also looked thicker. She let me try it and I am so in love!

Last month Michael and I were out and stopped by the Lush store.  I decided to splurge and buy some! ($30 – I’m normally like a TJ Maxx finds girl).  I’m so obsessed with it. It was completely worth it! I’m trying to get more into how to manage all my hair – it’s really long, but thin. With new obstacles like wandering baby hands and the seemingly never ending baby throw up (obviously being dramatic, Nolie is actually not too bad in that area)- I need to start doing something with it to keep it up and out of the way… without giving in to the stereotypical mom bob!

 

I’ll let you know when I figure something out! Feel free to send me any ideas of your own.


Goodbye Summer! 

As summer comes to a close it’s crazy to think about how much has changed in just one season.  We have a perfect baby girl- who is growing crazy fast!! She can stand with minimum support, is mimicking talking, her head is completely supported, and more. Sometimes when I wake up in the morning it doesn’t even feel real. I’m so thankful for the blessing she is to us. She’s my number one cuddle bug! 

      

As we enter into fall I have been thinking of what I want to accomplish. The biggest goal I have for myself is to completely soak in every second. Sometimes I get so caught up in organizing my planner that I don’t remember to look up and experience what I’m doing.  I think I’ve been pretty good at enjoying every second of baby cuddles, but I really want to be intentional about it. I want to appreciate every second I have with my munchkin and husband.  What better time is there then today? 

     

I love the idea of short term, seasonal goals. Do you have a fall goal? Enjoy some pictures of our last family pool day! I’m going to miss that sun! 


Pasta Salad Recipe 

I am a pretty picky eater. However, I love really simple pasta salads! Last week I decided to make a big batch Sunday evening so that we could have a quick lunch option for the week. Even though it was simple, Michael liked it too! It didn’t take long at all. Here’s what you need: 

  • One box of noodles (I always get farfalle because I think they are the happiest noodle) 
  • One bottle of Italian dressing (I just bought what was on sale) 
  • One snack size bag of carrots 
  • One stem of broccoli (look for a larger stem) 
  • One block of Montaray Jack cheese
  • Optional: any other veggie or meat you want to toss in! 

First, I boiled the noodles.  While they boiled I chopped up the block of cheese.  I used 3/4 of the block, but use as much as you would want.  I also washed the broccoli and carrots. 

Next, I left the carrots and broccoli in  strainer in the sink. When the noodles were done boiling I emptied them into a strainer over the veggies.  The hot water blanched them! So easy.  

While the noodles cooled I took the carrots and broccoli (after they cooled for a minute) and chopped them into small pieces.  When everything is completely cool (you don’t want to melt the cheese) you throw it into a giant Tupperware or mixing bowl.  

Last of all, I then dumped about 3/4 the bottle of dressing over the cooled salad.  You toss it and it’s done! Seriously so easy.  

I hope you enjoy it! We loved it, and it seemed to get better every day.  Let me know what other veggies you think to put in it! 

Labor Day Weekend Getaway 

This past weekend we traveled the 414 miles (one way) down to my cousins Stephanie & Joey’s house! It was so much fun to see my cousins, aunt, and uncle. We took the baby and my sister, Makayla, along and had a total blast.  

We got there late Thursday night and basically went straight to sleep. Friday was the perfect lazy day to just hang around the house.  We also made an exciting trip to a nearby shopping center with a Super Target … inside we found actual gold- a pink teepee with a matching teepee for dolls by the doll company, Our Generation. We immediately got it! (And a $4 clearance swimsuit that will hopefully fit Nolie next year). We were so pumped! That night we ate out at a place called the Afton Tavern. It was delicious! Seriously, next time we visit we’re going back. I had a quesadilla and Michael had a burger.  Both were awesome, however, the best part was the giant cookie skillet! Then when we got home we set up our teepee!! Steph and I had a serious blast. It was so fun. 


(Low quality pic, high quality family bonding) 

Saturday we slept in. I needed it after staying up late giggling and talking with Stephanie.  Michael and Joey started our day when they went and picked up some doughnuts. Then we slowly got ready and then headed out to do a low key walk around the greenway at the University of North Carolina. It was gorgeous outside and that made the day incredibly fun. 

 Afterwards, Michael headed off with my sister, uncle, and Joey to a local comic book store! The rest of us headed home for naps. (Man, I can’t believe I’m old enough to be in the group that has to go home and sleep to funaction hahah). Then we all helped to make dinner! Michael grilled chicken and shrimp while I prepped the veggie. Stephanie and my uncle Jon put together an amazing alfredo sauce from scratch.  It turned out nothing short of delicious.  That night we ate a few too many desserts while watching the BYU game- they were destroyed. 

// Aunt Stephanie 

Matching outfits! // shirt & shorts: Old Navy // shoes: Birkenstock // Nolie’s shirt & bow: Carter’s // Nolie’s shorts: Cat and Jack by Target 


Sunday we headed off to church (Nolie screamed every time I tried to sit down, so that was fun.  We spent the rest of the day laughing, telling stories, and just enjoying each other! We grilled dinner, walked the neighborhood, and settled in with the most mouth watering lemon dessert to watch movies. 


(that stank face, goodness child) //dress: Old Navy // cardigan: New York & Company // shoes: Old Navy // Nolie’s dress: Janie & Jack // Nolie’s bow: Carter’s

Labor Day started slow- (are you noticing a common trend)? We packed and then headed out with the cousins to IKEA.  Michael has a serious love for that store – and I can’t help but feel like it’s a lot of fun too!  We picked up a cute play table and chairs that I’m going to DIY for Nolie’s playroom.  We ate in their funky cafeteria too. It was seriously so much fun! It was hard to say goodbye, but we headed home that afternoon.  

It was such a great, relaxing trip.  I’m so thankful that I’m so close to my family! It was an awesome weekend. Shout out to my darling husband for taking us! 

Bittersweet Coffee Cafe

While on our trip out west Michael and I got to try several new places to eat. One place we ended up loving was a happy little  cafe, Bittersweet. It’s on Main Street in downtown Louisville, Colorado. It was only a few minute walk from the house we were staying. 

It was really cute inside and out.  The staff was also kind. Most importantly, the lemonade was delicious.  I don’t know why, but I have definitely been on a lemonade kick.  Michael said the coffee and breakfast burrito was also wonderful.  Our breakfast only came out to be around ten dollars, so it was also pretty reasonably priced.  


When we came in everyone was smiling and looking at the baby.  It makes me feel so proud when people stop us to tell us how beautiful she is. (Obviously looks aren’t everything … but having a gorgeous baby is also nice). 

Overall, I would totally recommend it.  It was a cute, local spot with tons of variety and pastries.  Plus, how could you not love their sense of humor! 

Walmart Infant Baby Box

A few weeks ago I wrote about Walmart’s Baby Box Set. They send you three different gift boxes- one for prenatal, one for a baby, and one for a toddler. Each box contains samples and costs only the five dollars for shipping. Last week I received the second box, my infant box. It contained the following samples and coupons: 
Samples:

  • Arm & Hammer Sensitive Laundry Detergent (2.25 fl oz)
  • Aveeno Baby Lotion (1 fl oz)
  • Aveeno Lotion (1 fl oz)
  • Huggies Travel Wipes pack (8 count)
  • Mam Anti-colic bottle 
  • 1 Huggies Diaper (size newborn)

Coupons :

  • $3 off huggies diapers 
  • $1 off Arm & Hammer Sensitive Laundry Detergent 
  • $3 off Pure Bliss formula by Similac 
  • $2.50 off of Lysol 

We are already fans of Aveeno so I liked the samples! However, I don’t think we will end up using the bottle because I breastfeed and the few times we have used a bottle she likes the Phillips brand. So it was cool, but in this box’s case probably not worth the five dollars it cost to ship. I could have just bought an actual bottle of lotion! That said, I do love getting mail though, so not a total waste haha.  
I can’t wait to see what the third and final box contains!!