4.01.2015

My Favorite Instagram Accounts

Hey party people! Happy hump day!

Let's state the obvious. Instagram is equal parts awesome and addicting. Looking at pretty pictures is my kinda thing! I wouldn't be mad if every other form of social media tanked and the only one left was good ole insta.

The other day I was thinking about why some of my favorite instagram accounts are in fact my favorites, which led me to realize that I have so many that are different from one another (another reason to love it!). There are just some peoples accounts (aside from my close friends who are already my favorites!) that I find myself checking daily and love seeing updates from.

The only thing I ask after I share my list is that you share your favorites in the comments below...mmkay?!

Here we go, my favorite Instagram:

To Envy: 
@Lesleyannemurphy


This was easy because travel pics are probably my favorite to look at on insta. Girlfriend was on the Bachelor and is a luxury adventure travel blogger (yeah-total dream job) and her feed consists of her traveling all over the world staying in some of the most gorgeous places. Her pictures are amazing and make me want to pack my bags and hop on a plane ASAP. 

For A Laugh:
@Brosbeingbasic


An account dedicated to making fun of the pictures us girls take. The hashtags..hilarious. The captions...hilarious. The two poms...hilarious and awesome (obviously!)

For Outfit Inspiration:
@TheNortheastGirl


I've told Maureen no less than 10 times that I would like to live in her closet... ;)

For Workout Motivation:
@Nataliejillfit

 

I often use the exercises she posts in her short videos when I'm at the gym. Runner up: @Alexajeanfitness.

For Prettiest Feed:
@Juliahengel




I'm always drawn to her photos because they are so vibrant and colorful! She lives in one of my favorite cities (San Fran) so I enjoy seeing pieces of it when I can't be there, and of course all the yummy places she eats. Not to mention, her hair. Not even fair.

Favorite Celebrity Couple:
@JessieJamesDecker 


Because they are the cutest and Eric isn't bad to look at.

Your turn! 
Who are your favorite instagrammers?!

(PS: If you follow me, @katiewkrysh, make sure you speak up and say hi once in a while! Oh, and sorry for the Cam baby spam lately. Did you see him in that hat last night?!:))

3.30.2015

Easter Happenings


Happy Monday you guys!

How's it going?! Lots of things going on over here lately...

My first week back to work after maternity leave was last week...and I barely survived. I'm only working in the office three days a week now so I still get to be home with him two days a week, but it was so hard to leave Camden when I have been used to spending everyday with him! I didn't expect to feel that way, either. Much harder than I expected! I feel comfortable with my schedule (and we LOVE his nanny who has him two days a week-my stepmom watches him one day too!), though, and believe it will be the absolute perfect balance for me. More about this on his 3 month update (what!) coming soon.

With the weather starting to warm up, we have been getting out a lot more on the weekends with Cam and one of my new favorite things to do as a family is to go to try new brunch spots in the city the three of us. Going to brunch with Billy has been a favorite of mine for a while, but it's even more fun when we get to bring our little one along! I told Cam I would eat his portions.. ;)

 An amazing spread at Fox in the Snow! (which is such a cool place, btw)

We got cappucino's, a cinnamon roll, and a donut but easily could've taken home one of each of these. 

We also tried a new coffee shop in downtown Hilliard called Solar Cafe. This business is actually run by a family friend! It's in a great location and has coffee, wine, and sandwiches! They have a huge patio outside which will be awesome in the summertime to sit outside and drink some vino!


Another big event, for us first time parents over here, was taking Cam to meet the Easter bunny this weekend. If dogs were allowed in the mall, we probably would've brought Rocky too (ha!)

Oh. my. goodness. Just look at this sweet boy!

 

Handsome as ever.
Even though he had NO clue what was going on, it was sure fun as heck for us!

Besides, I had been dying to get him into this adorable outfit and bow tie. We told him how cute he looked for probably 15 minutes straight. I just couldn't get over it, haha! He was so alert the whole time there...it was so much fun. We laughed and laughed at the pictures we got from the session and one may or may not be posted up in our kitchen right now. :)

Love him so much.

 And if we're being honest here, I've been shopping for things for his Easter basket for like a whole month now.

 I can't stop finding cute new things for it! Rattles, stuffed animals, a new wubbanub, an Easter bib, bath toys, and two chewbead necklaces. All very necessary, right? 


When shopping for his basket at Target, I came across these adorable plastic wine glasses. They have a couple different sayings to chose from and I believe they are like $1.50. Super cheap and great for summer! 


That's all I've got.

That is unless your the girl who works with Billy who reads my blog and has said hi to him the past couple weeks, I wanted to say hi as well! Thanks for reading and give my husband a hard time sometimes during the day when you see him, would ya? :)

How was your weekend?
 I'm hoping we are one week closer to FINALLY getting some warmer temps!

3.26.2015

What To Buy At Trader Joes

Do you remember all the crazy AIM away messages you would make back in the day? I remember mine. They were somethin' else...all kinds of crazy fonts, colors, and smiley faces. If only I could make one again it would read, "Me + Trader Joe's = BFF's"

But now I'll just use my blog to talk about my love for TJ's.

I'm not sure why exactly but I love reading other people's posts about what they eat and their favorite grocery store finds. Actually, I do know why, I'm nosey! And I feel like you can always find something new to love at Trader Joe's... going shopping there never really feels like a chore when you love it as much as I do. I actually really look forward to it. Tell me someone else feels the same? I really love their frozen section because I never find anything I like from our other grocery stores frozen sections. They have so many perfect side dishes or meals that are great for those nights you don't feel like cooking and need something quick.

Here' s some tried and true favorites, in case you've never been or aren't sure what to get!

+Reduced Guilt Mac and Cheese 
(one of TJ's most popular items. If you're feeling extra crazy get the regular one!)

+Quinoa and Black Bean Tortilla Chips
(obsessed with these!)
 

+Pineapple Salsa
(I'm not normally a big fan of fruit salsa but this one is the exception. Delicious. Promise.)
 

 +Organic Superfood Pilaf
(Quinoa, Sweet Potatoes, Kale, and Carrots. One of my favorite quick and easy side dishes!)
 

+Steelcut Oatmeal
(in the freezer section)

+Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels and Banana Chips 
(my husband loves these pretzels and I can polish off that bag of banana chips in one sitting)

 +Black Bean and Cheese Taquitos
(if I need a quick lunch option...)

Not pictured but things you should DEFINITELY treat yourself to:
+$4-$5 wines (because at that price why not?)
+Almond butter
+Speculoos Cookie butter (heaven! Just found this cookie butter baked oatmeal recipe and am really wishing I was eating that right now)
+Bag of almond/cranberry mix
+Dried fruit
+Chocolate frozen bananas
+Coconut Oil

Some things I DON'T buy from Trader Joe's would be their meat (overpriced) and produce (never a good selection.)

And now I'm suddenly wanting some chips and salsa...

What are your favorite items from TJ's? I need to expand this list. Priorities, people

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3.25.2015

Sweet Berry Smoothie (+$100 Gift Card!)


 
I laugh when I think back to life before Camden came along when I thought I was soooo busy.

Not even close!

These past 11 weeks with a baby has taught me that regardless of how busy I am, it's still so important to have "me" time, even if it's just something small! Taking a hot bath... getting in a quick shopping trip... and my personal favorite, taking my weekly spin class and treating myself to a yummy smoothie afterwards. It's enough to leave me feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day!

This smoothie recipe I have to share today is a favorite of mine. I used to make a similar one all the time but it's gotten better because of changing a few things here and there and adding a sweet twist to make it even more delicious...


Sweet Berry Smoothie
+1 cup almond milk
+1 scoop whey protein
+Handful of strawberries
+Handful of raspberries
+1 banana
+1 packet of Born Sweet™ Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener

Have you tried Zing™, ladies? That's the extra sweet twist I added to this recipe!

It makes smoothies even better and is really sweet and delicious! Not to mention, it has real ingredients (no artificial ingredients!) and zero calories, which makes it a winner in my book. You can also sprinkle it in your favorite coffee and tea for the day. The sweetness (which comes from extract of the stevia plant) definitely gives my favorite drinks a taste of sweet excitement that it wouldn't have otherwise!

 
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3.20.2015

New Arrivals Lovin'

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Lovely Sweatshirt
Sandals (love love love)
Spearmint Scarf
Geometric Print Tunic
Chambray Shorts
Striped Skirt (on sale for $45!)
Espadrille Wedges 


In my opinion, it is never to early to start building your spring and summer wardrobe. Now more than ever am I looking for easy outfits that are both comfortable and practical. Factory's new arrivals (most of these are 30% off!) make it easy to A. hope warm weather comes soon and B. to find cute pieces! 

I bought a similar pair of these chambray shorts last year and couldn't resist buying this pair too because of how much use I got out of them. They are SO soft and comfortable and I know they will sell out quickly so DON'T WAIT! The striped skirt I wore last year for Easter paired with a navy lace top and I really loved the look. I kinda sorta want to wear it again for this year but I'll refrain. Lastly, my favorite wedges are back in stock in multiple colors. Enough said. 

Happy shopping and happy weekend!
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