Top 10 Fall Favorites

Striped Top (under $40)
Tunic (many colors-a staple for your closet!)
Plaid Poncho
Jeans (MY FAVORITE BRAND! So comfy!)
Open Cardigan (currently 50% off-under $40)

Monday...Monday...you've come too soon once again! The weather here was all over the place this past weekend. Yesterday was beautiful, which was nice because we had my girlfriend's sons first birthday party, but Saturday it was so cold and raining all day. Did anyone watch the Ohio State game? If not, you didn't miss much! It wasn't our best game, that's for sure...

Anyway...one thing that I'm known for are my obsessive lists. I have them for pretty much everything, including shopping. I love to utilizie the 'save for later' option when shopping online because it keeps all my favorite items in one place and when I finally decide to pull the trigger on something I can find it easily. It's also great because it's easy to pay attention to the price to know when it's on sale or not! I typically have 3 or 4 items that I save for later and then when I see that it's on sale that's when I buy it (or sometimes saving it makes me realize later on that I don't want it anymore-so it can be good for saving $ too because you don't just impulse buy!) 

If I could only pick 10 things to buy for fall - these 10 would be it! My top 3? The leggings, hat, and poncho
Tell me your favorite! 

PS: How cute does Billy look with 2 babes in his arms?! Love this guy so much!
(from my friends party on Saturday-happy birthday Macklin!)



 (from this past weekend when I went out to dinner with my girlfriend Angela)

 Wearing...this striped tunic & vest on repeat. I bought the tunic in cream as well - it's such a good deal (and on sale for $14 right now) and is long enough to wear with leggings!

 (candy corn lil' pumpkin sleeper is from Children's Place, mickey mouse sleeper/hat from Target, and the pumpkin and skeleton onesie are from Walmart!)

 Looking forward to...Camden's first Halloween! I keep finding more and more cute Halloween related items that somehow by the time I'm done shopping end up in my cart and are purchased. We are so excited to see him in his little costume! Speaking of costume, he currently has 3 because his mom is a little indecisive (and ordered one several months ago not knowing if it would fit or not!)

 Laughing...because one of Cam's main motivations to pull himself up/stand up is reaching for the remote control! He is definitely his fathers son! Look at that tongue-he's focused people... 

Loving...(1) that we got a treadmill for our basement!! Our neighbor was actually selling theirs for a steal of a price and they hardly ever used it so it's in great condition. Now that the weather will be getting cooler, I'm excited about being able to hop right on it whenever I want (especially during nap times or after Cam's in bed!) and not have to make the drive to my gym. 

(2) that my thyroid levels seem to better. Overall, I'm feeling much better than I did before but I won't know for sure what my levels are until I have them checked again which will be in about a month or so. 

(3) Pump Rules is starting back up in a month. This totally counts...  

(4-I swear this is the last one) Heading to Boston in a few weeks! Lots of fun things planned with our family and we get to spend a day/one night with my girlfriend Erica-it's going to be so much fun!

Not enjoying...not being able to sleep! Seriously is it not the worst? We got a new memory foam mattress recently and we've tried SO hard to like it, but I just don't think it's going to work out for us. Mattress shopping is so hard I feel like...do any of you have a type of mattress/brand that you LOVE?! Please share if so!

 Planning...fall family pictures! We booked a session a while back (with the same photographer who did our newborn photos) so I'm currently trying to figure out what all of us will wear before the pictures next week!  

Recommending...that you girls try this It Cosmetics powder and this CC cream. I like to switch up my makeup every so often and my girlfriend uses this brand and I fell in love with both of them! 


And last but not least...really.not.wanting this boy to get any older! 9 months forever please (slightly kidding but a little bit serious..you know what I mean? ;))

Happy hump day! 

(PS: finishing up my traveling with a baby post so stay tuned...) 


Fall Scarves: The Ones Worth Buying

Fall Scarves

from L to R: One / Two / Three / Four / Five (my fav from last year!) / Six / Seven (love this one) / Eight- currently sold out, but this one is almost identical!

Hi friends! Hope you had a great weekend!

This week the weather is supposed to cool down a bit (it's still been getting into the upper 70's-low 80's here during the day) so it's the perfect time to add scarves back into your wardrobe!

I've found so many cute scarves online the past few weeks so I thought I would round up the best of the best! Even the hit plaid blanket one from last year is back in stock and you have TWO different places you can buy it! I don't want to admit how much I wore this scarf last summer and winter! If you missed your chance to get it then, now is the time before it's sold out again!!

I picked up this grey/blue scarf from Forever21 yesterday during a solo shopping trip (which was seriously dangerous for my wallet since I didn't have to rush through stores, ha!) that I love (also comes in the camel color that I included above) and I cannot wait to wear it. Only $12 and they are offering free shipping right now! I also bought this hat that goes perfectly with it.

Which scarf are you currently crushing on? Or do you kinda sorta want them all to magically appear in your closet like I do?!


Baby's First Vacation

Ah, finally! I'm officially all caught up after being on vacation. You know how that goes...it takes some time to get back into the swing of all things life (bills/laundry/clean house/back to normal baby schedule, etc) again!

In just a weeks time we created countless new memories with Camden that I will never ever forget! The whole week and our time in Florida just completely exceeded my expectations. If I'm being honest, I had my doubts about what vacation/traveling would look like with a baby. Would it even feel like vacation? Would we get a chance to relax at all? How would he adjust to a new sleeping environment? Will he go crazy on the plane or have a huge blowout? (the second one did happen on the way home, ha) Well, I can tell you it was so much more than any other vacation we've taken. More meaning better...more meaning more rewarding...more meaning more fun and fuller hearts.

Was it more work than traveling just us two? Of course, but the extra effort (and things!) was so worth it because it meant that he got to be there with us and we got to love on him all week and see him experience new firsts with us! I can't describe how nice it was to all be together with only one focus, which was to enjoy ourselves. Yes please.  

We lucked out on the flight on the way to Florida because we were able to bring his car seat on with us (if the flight isn't full they will let you-I highly recommend doing this if your baby does well in a car seat! you can also buy a ticket for your baby to be able to do this), so we had the whole row to ourselves and he napped for a lot of the flight and was pretty content playing with toys for the second half. We never even had to take him out once-easy peasy! 

We had great weather for most of our trip, except it did rain one day but we decided to escape to the outlets at that point so it definitely wasn't awful by any means! Camden adapted way better we than expected - he went down for naps & bedtime very easily (no help from us!) and slept until 7:30ish every morning. He did have his own room which I'm sure really helped because he's so used to that. I think the age he is now is a great time to travel because he's old enough where he can handle a shorter nap here and there (and going a little longer between eating), and at the same time he's not walking yet so he's not completely all over the place. Does that make sense?! I did a lot of researching about traveling with a baby before going, so while I'm certainly not an expert myself yet we did learn a lot and got some great tips along the way so I might do a whole post about it! Anyone interested?

Anyway, I could probably talk all day about our trip but to sum it up our days were mainly spent by the beach or at the pool...pretty low-key and exactly how we intended to spend them! Camden LOVED the beach...he would crack up and smile so big when the waves would hit him! And we bought him this little airplane float from Publix for the pool that he really seemed to enjoy. We loved to walk the beach in the mornings with Cam in our Ergo wrap (saw lots of dolphins in the mornings!) and we went out to eat almost every night because calories do.not. count on vacation? 
Somehow we still managed to stick to his normal schedule - for the most part. For the times we went out to dinner, we would just eat early and make sure we would be back by 7ish for bedtime. If we were enjoying ourselves though and he was content, we didn't rush back by any means though! It was worth it for us to call it a night early for many reasons...it gave me and Billy time in the evenings to relax together, we were normally pretty tired anyways from being out in the sun all day, and the most important being that it ensured we had a happy baby who was not overtired from lack of sleep! 

I also managed to sneak away to treat myself to a relaxing mani/pedi, to go shopping, and to lay out at the pool! There were a few times that Billy wanted to get some work done on his computer while Cam was napping, so he stayed back and I was able to get soak up some vitamin D at the pool. I wasn't about to complain about that...nope! 

I can't forget to mention along with seeing dolphins for the first time, Camden got to see a black bear. A FREAKING HUGE BLACK BEAR. AS IN, NOT STUFFED. AS IN REAL. Yup. Happened. One morning we decided to go to this sanctuary to go on a 2 mile nature walk and as we got out of our car in the parking lot there was the bear eating out of trash cans about 100 ft away. 

There were workers around that warned us right away and mentioned how the bear hangs out around there often. It was really cool and slightly terrifying all in the same moment! ;)

Our flight on the way home they were expecting to be close to full so we couldn't bring our car seat on (we just checked it at the gate with our stroller-we bought a big bag to protect it off Amazon), but Cam still did pretty good thanks to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episodes I downloaded on my iPad and toys to keep him entertained. We did get the whole row to ourselves again so that was a plus. Cam isn't a lap baby in the sense that he will just sit there quietly and not want to move around...no, he wants to crawl up and down the aisles and try to fly the plane. Not kidding. So, yes, it was a little bit more challenging trying to keep him entertained, but he did great for the most part! We could've done without the dirty diaper at the end though! I couldn't even get up to change him since it was during the landing so you can imagine how that was. :)

I actually have a few more pictures from this trip that I haven't shared here for the sake of complete overkill (some family ones on my good camera) that I'm really excited to frame in Cam's room, and I plan to make a Shutterfly book with all of these ones! 

We're already looking forward to our next trip with our little man...Boston! And in a few short weeks! 
How was your first vacation with a little one? Was it easier or harder than you expected?! Share with me!


Cinnamon and Pumpkin Spice Apple Chips

Hi friends! Long time no chat! Happy First Day Of Fall...who's excited about this?!

Although I feel like it approached way too quickly, now that we're back from our vacation I think I'm officially ready to embrace everything fall. It's kind of hard not to when you look out your window and the leaves are changing colors and you feel the cool brisk in the mornings! I admit I've been loving the weather since we've been home...it's too beautiful out!

While I'm still working on finishing our vacation recap, I thought I would reshare one of my favorite go-to fall recipes. However, I'm not sure if it can really be classified as a recipe because it's so simple! 

Apple chips are perfect for this time of year...delicious, too! So it's time you stop paying for them in the store and make your own...here's how you can do it:

Cinnamon and Pumpkin Spice Apple Chips:

Some tips to get those perfectly crispy apple chips...

+Slice (and core) your apples very thin! Thinner than some of mine pictured below. ;) The thicker they are, the more mushy they will be. Not mushy in a terrible way, but just not as crispy as you want these to be.
+Use parchment paper to cover the baking sheets for easy clean up and no sticking.
+More isn't necessarily more when seasoning these apples. I sprinkled cinnamon on just one side of half of my apples, and sprinkled pumpkin pie spice on the other half of the apples. I didn't do both sides (but you can if you want!) and I accidentally sprinkled a little too much on some of the apples that I wished I wouldn't have. Aka: you still want to taste the apples, too! ;)
+Bake at a low temperature in the oven (200-225 degrees) for one hour on one side, flip, then bake for another hour on the other side.

Eat 'em all up!

And THANK YOU guys for bearing with me since I've been MIA lately! I have so many upcoming posts planned for the blog that I'm excited about! And of course, I should have our first family vacation recap up tomorrow. xo
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