2.27.2015

FIVE THINGS


Happy Friday!

Time for a little update...

-ONE-



You all know by now my love for traveling, and then annoying you all blogging about all the details. In fact, deep down I REALLY wish I could be a travel blogger (sigh-wouldn't that be nice?!) so anyone out there who wants to help me make that possible just shoot me an email, mmmkay? :) 

We have two trips coming up that I'm so excited about! We are heading to Nashville over Memorial Day weekend for me and my best friend's 30th birthdays (hers is 5 days after mine!) It'll be us and two of our other closest girlfriends that I've grown up with and our significant others. As much as I will miss Cam since it'll be our FIRST time away from him, Nashville isn't exactly the best place to bring him to. Bring on the live country music, drinks in mason jars, cowboy boots, and SUN/heat! Oh yes. There's not much to hate about Nashville. 

However...we will bringing Cam with us to the CT/Boston area a few weeks later at the beginning of June for my cousin's wedding! I'm planning a little meet up with Erica while we're there and cannot wait!!

-TWO-

I didn't read the book, but I went out with my girlfriend the other night to see 50 Shades. It wasn't as intense? as I thought it would be and at times I wished I had read the book because I felt like I would've understood Ana's character a little bit more. I personally think Dakota Johnson totally carried that movie! 

And if you haven't heard the soundtrack, it's so good..worth downloading for sure. I have "Love Me Like You Do" by Ellie Goulding currently on repeat daily.



-THREE-

My son is already posing for photos at 6 weeks old. Look at this ham...


Billy's parents and sister came to visit last weekend and when his sister was holding Cam I looked at him with her cell phone and said, "pose for Mommy!" and this is what I got! I melted! He wasn't even looking in the right direction before I said it which is the best part. He's such a little peanut!

and then this happened too...

#STUD


-FOUR-

Just ordered Cam's first Easter basket! I couldn't resist this cute puppy one from Pottery Barn Kids with his name personalized on it...


On that same shopping note...saying no to spring clothes for him has been rather difficult. Baby clothes are theeee cutest and I'm really wishing and hoping for some warmer weather around here...I'll take 50 at this point. 

This whale swimsuit and outfit (both from Target) and these personalized paci's (bought here!) were calling my name and I basically had no choice in the matter...



-FIVE-

Billy's birthday is next Tuesday! We are going to go to our favorite brunch places on Sunday and hopefully make it out to dinner one night. I want to try and find him a cute new Daddy gift, too! Any ideas girls?!


I also got around to taking the second half of this picture last weekend! I hope to frame it and hang it somewhere in Cam's room :)



PS: I only have 2 weeks left out of my 11 off for maternity leave! Can someone please explain to me HOW this is possible? I feel like it just started. I might go cry now. 

not kidding. 

Have a great weekend! 

2.26.2015

7 Days of Juicing + Jillian Michaels Detox

Hey friends!

So it's taken me a little longer to get back into a regular blogging routine as you can see! Things are going much more smoothly now that Camden and I have a nice little routine in place (and he's sleeping longer!), so I know that it's only a matter of time before I am posting regularly again. I have so many posts half written - it's just getting around to finishing them. Making it a goal of mine this week to do that!

In the meantime, I have gotten so many emails and comments lately about two certain posts that I originally talked about a couple years ago and wanted to share them again for those asking, or if you might have missed them. We can't have that now can we?! Since it's the beginning of a new year (two months into it still counts right? please say yes because it feels like yesterday that it was Jan 1st.), we all have a blank slate to get motivated and to make this your healthiest year yet!!

Here's two options to get you back on track...

The first is the Jillian Michael's Detox Drink. Full post here.



The next is the 7 Days of Juicing that I did around his time last year. Full post with recipes here.

juicing recipe juicing green juice

Both are easy to fit into your current diet and lifestyle, but will increase your energy and help you get rid of some nasty toxins that has (most likely) been weighing you down! Don't be scared to give them a try, girls. You will feel so much better, trust me. 

I have a new smoothie post coming soon, too! I really want to get back into posting healthy recipes again and it's the perfect one to start with.

Good luck if you give these a try and let me know if you have any questions!

2.23.2015

HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper



Over the next few weeks I thought it would be fun to highlight some of my favorite baby items so far, in a few short paragraphs! Because really...who wants to read a book on my blog? I'm sure not many of you... (including myself sometimes :)) 

Well, when your pregnant you spend SO much time researching what to register for and what to spend your own precious dolla dolla bills on, so I'm here to report all those A+...can't live without things...that you'll want in your home when that time comes to bring your sweet baby love home from the hospital!

First up is actually brand new...

HALO's Bassinest Swivel Sleeper

What makes it great?

The Bassinest has a unique dual-swivel design that is the only bassinet that moves to bring baby to mom. It allows baby to sleep as close as Mom wants so baby can sleep close AND safe.

This bassinet is the first to provide both convenience and safety. Baby sleeps in his/her own separate sleep area, reducing the risks associated with bed-sharing, and then Mom can easily get in and out of bed to tend to baby without having to get up! Not to mention, it's really cute to look at and modern looking which I really like! My favorite thing about it though besides the swivel is all the features it has (all those buttons in the picture above)...a light, vibration, and music! You can also control the volume. It has pockets on the sides that you could store diapers in as well! 

Love it all! I'll swaddle Camden first then place him on his back in it and he's content! If you're looking for a bassinet that has everything you'd ever want all combined into one (and by a great company-their sleepsacks are awesome too) this one is for you.

Any questions about the product...feel free to email or comment below! :) 



2.19.2015

Getting Into Shape After Baby

Today is a high of 5. Five. But no, let's not give this miserable weather the attention it deserves...

Instead...something positive. Guess who was officially cleared by my doctor the other day to get back into working out + running?!

Picture me raising both of my hands and clapping over here! I could've started after 4 weeks off per his recommendation, but I decided to wait until now (closer to 5 weeks) to step back into one of my favorite spaces again. I always wondered throughout my pregnancy if I would have the same motivation to work out after having Camden came that I did prior, just because of wanting the most time with him as possible, but right now the desire and motivation is definitely there. A healthy mom makes me a happier mom!

I know it'll be tough when I go back to work after my maternity leave is over...I mean, I can imagine trying to fit in baby time, work, dinner, and exercising. That sounds tough. I KNOW it will be tough, but you make time for what's important, right?

I plan to start back up exactly how I left off...very slowly! I have 8 lbs left to lose to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight and my plan is to first focus on getting my core back, before anything else, after 9 months of NOT having one. Because abs...what are those?! Breastfeeding...pumping...and just constantly bending over/holding a baby really takes a toll on your back so working on my core will help strengthen those back muscles and help me have stronger runs. I've also got what many call the "mom pooch" (such an attractive term) going on, so I hope to go back to eating really healthy and focusing on getting rid of that. You know, before summer comes and my bikinis are staring at me in the face (special thanks to Target for already having bathing suits out..#not)

Here's some of my favorite exercises I've been doing that I'll do before each cardio session. Even if you aren't in the same boat that I am, these are some awesome exercises to add into your routine if you want to tone up before spring break or summer. If you aren't sure what some of the exercises are, just google them and pictures will come up!

+ situps // oblique crunches // planks (regular + both sides) //  crossover crunch // flutter kicks // dumbbell side bends // russian twist // lunges // squats

And here's some of my favorite circuits! The easiest way to remember these, for me, is to pin them to my Pinterest and then take a screenshot on my iPhone of them so that when I'm at the gym I can just pull up my camera roll (or my Pinterest board) and follow along that way...




I'm hoping posting this will hold me accountable and keep me motivated to shed these last 8 lbs. I've heard losing the last of the baby weight can be tough, so I know I've got my work cut out for me! 

Anyone else trying to lose baby weight or have in the past? What worked for you? Any tips?!


2.17.2015

Currently Has A Whole NEW Meaning...

My little valentine this year

One would think that while being on maternity leave that I would have all this free time to blog, clean up the house, catch up on some reality TV drama (I might have some time for this...), shop a little, get my nails done...and HA! It turns out that I have this super cute nine pound babe attached to my hip who has wanted to nap a lot less lately unless it's in my arms...go figure :)

Don't get me wrong, I'm soaking up all these newborn snuggles as much as I can (and kissing him about every other 5 seconds during it all), but it definitely leaves me little to no time to get anything remotely productive done! I think Cam might be going through a growth spurt, so here's to hoping I can soon at least have my hands and arms free for a little bit.

Here's what's been going on in my world lately...

+Maternity leave goes by SO fast..it's crazy. I still have until middle-late March before going back to work (and I will still get to be home with Cam one day per week), but I'm already feeling sad about it. Any tips on returning back to work, ladies? (about pumping/enjoying the last few weeks/trusting that baby will be OK/etc.)

 

+I went out with my girlfriends to a new Mexican restaurant downtown for the first time while Billy watched Cam last week which was SO refreshing and nice! Girl time = good for the soul. I made a promise to myself to keep making time for my girlfriends even though right now, these first few months, time is harder to come by.

+Fitting back into my regular jeans and tops again feels awesome, but I still have some weight to lose and a lot of areas to tone up-post about that coming tomorrow! I give 100% credit to breastfeeding and maintaining a good exercise routine through most of my pregnancy that most of the weight came off pretty easily and quick! Dressing Cam is SO much more fun though...especially in things with ears ;)
(the best boots for babies! they stay on and are so warm)

+Vacations now have a whole new meaning. Right now since Cam is so small and we're smack dab in the middle of winter here (or hopefully maybe end if we're lucky?), we will probably wait until late spring/summer to go anywhere, but I'm currently already dreaming about it. I hope Cam grows up to love traveling and seeing different places like I do!

+Requesting Starbucks gift cards for all future holidays / birthdays / special events. That one day a week thing that I used to do? HECK no - that's long gone! Give me the coffee everyday, please.

+Cam's smiles might be my favorite thing ever. And the way he looks at Billy. I love it so much...


+Wondering if anyone saw the closing credits on the Bachelor last night with Whitney's dog? I did get to actually watch it last night and was cracking up and watched it a minimum of about 6 times. ;) Also, BrosBeingBasic on instagram. Pretty much the best. 


+Billy and I had our first date night without the babe this past weekend while my parents watched Camden. Even though it was pretty short (we just went out to dinner and got dessert after!), it was much needed! I even had a glass of wine for the first time (don't worry-just one) which was AMAZING! I missed my bff named Pinot Noir. ;) Also...not many people tell you how much you will miss just the time you had with your spouse after having a baby (I cried a few times!), but I will and DO! So for all of you who are pregnant...make sure to get some awesome date nights in with your spouse before baby comes! Trust me! I value our time together so much more now.

I'm sure I'm missing a few things, but that's all I've got for now! I've had a few requests to share some of my must have baby items so I'm working on that post and will have it up soon...stay tuned!! And thanks as always for reading & commenting!

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