Finally a little fashion post for you guys. I haven't really felt like doing anything fashion related as I have mostly been in casual clothes 99.9% of the time. But I have gotten to dress up a few times and I finally got a reason to wear this dress so I snapped a few photos before going out. I am in love with this maxi. It is by Jack by BB Dakota I believe it comes in a few different colors including black for those of you who are a little scared of color. But I am one who LOVES color especially in the summer so check out the rest of this post and more green dresses and 2 more of my favorite summer trends, one being spiked seltzer.
Cooking everyone a healthy breakfast is so important at our house. Leo's order for breakfast most mornings is "eggs, turkey bacon, waffles, and fruit". I feel like a personal chef, between the 3 of us then Monroe started eating breakfast.... add in another meal. So I decided to test out some muffins for her that she could snack on and fed herself for breakfast along with some fruit. I didn't want them to have any sugar and tried to keep them as healthy as possible Here is what I came up with. She ate 4 of them yesterday for breakfast. They are the perfect snack size I even snuck one yesterday with my morning protein shake. They aren't sweet so if your kids are used to super sweet muffins they probably won't love these.
So one of my most read blog post is always my book recommendations. I don't think I have a great eye for picking out books I think it is more that I go through about 50 a year so I have a quite a few to sort through before I recommend them. I read or listen to a book a week sometimes more. I know it seems a little extreme but I do enjoy it. I listen to about 90% of them it is just easier for me to get through them taster, plus I listen to than an hour before bed most nights. I also listen to them sped up. Jay thinks it is crazy but once I get into a rhythm the faster speed doesn't bother me. So I am going to tell you guys my top books from the past year!
I have never been a great time management person. In college I was the queen of burning the midnight oil to get a essay or studying for a test because I had binge watched One Tree Hill the night before. I'd stay up all night then go take the test or turn in the essay and then nap. I kind of got away with that same mentality when being a Mom. I stay up late doing all the household chores that I put off during the day and then basically I try and get through the morning till nap time. That kind of worked with Leo cause I could rest when he rested, but now with 2 it isn't as easy. Leo is a night owl and stays up later and likes to sleep in and Monroe prefers to be up early. So going to bed at 11:30 and then waking up at 5:30/6 is just plain terrible. I have realized I need to get to bed at a more reasonable hour and in doing so I need to try and manage my time better during the day to "Get My Shit Done". So here is how I'm doing it.... or at least attempting to do it.
Jay and I are pretty sure we are done having kids for a million reasons, the first being our family does really feel complete with our little boy and baby girl. These two kids fill me up with so much love and I really don't have that grand desire for another. I could probably be persuaded to have another one if Jay REALLY REALLY WANTS ONE, but he says he's 250% done so that solves that. We always had the idea that we would probably only have 2 kids and when we found out we were having a girl it was the nail in the coffin. A boy and a girl, two healthy babies, and 2 very terrible deliveries for this mama. With that being said.... I love that our family is complete and that Monroe is growing out of her baby stage but I'm also a little bit sad. Actually all the milestones with Monroe make me sad. With Leo I looked forward to every one, I looked forward to him gaining his independence and mastering new skills. But with Monroe I just want to freeze time.
Just a little Spring floral for you guys. I am a big fan of the floral trend it kind of reminds me of something Drew Barrymore would of worn in 1999. I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing but that is the vibe I get from this dress. But as we know quite a few of the late 90's and early 2000's trends are back. Case in point, I wore a scrunchy to my hair appt the other day and then the rest of the day I wore the scrunch around my wrist and refused to take it off. It brought back serious middle school memories when I never left the house without a scrunchy and it HAD to match my outfit. I won't be adding Dr. Martens back into my wardrobe but I see they are making a strong comeback. Sorry I got sidetracked there but back to this post about the floral dress.....
Hi! Happy Easter weekend, boy is it a busy one for us. My Husband had a great idea to get 6,000 lbs of pea gravel delivered today for our swing set so we will be shoveling and moving gravel al weekend. Woo-Hoo! So about 2 months ago I started doing lunch meal prep and I wanted to share those ideas with you. I've been trying to work on my #summerbod and if I don't have lunches prepped for the week I am setting myself up for failure. So I prep all my food Monday when I have a sitter and eat it Mon-Thur. Then Thursday I usually do my prep from Fri-Sun. I don't always eat every lunch at home on the weekends, but if I know I am going to be home I'll make something for myself. Here are my 4 go to lunches I pretty much eat ground turkey most days but, as it starts getting warmer I'll start adding in some chicken salads.
I did a poll a few weeks ago on instagram about different trends to try one of them was the cropped jean. It was about a 80/20 split on people saying I should give them a go. After ordering a few pair I realized to truly get the "cropped" look I had to order petite jeans. I am 5'5" and all the regular cropped jeans just look like ankle cut on me... so that is a hack if you are 5'5" and below order petite. But I'm here to give them a go. I didn't buy any that were too expensive I kept it under $100 in case this trend goes out the window by next Spring. Oh and don't mind Monroe in all the photos she wouldn't let me put her down.... biggest mamas girl EVER!
So I posted on instagram a month of two ago but about my fire ladder and a few other of my fire safety items. I was surprised to see how many comments I got so I thought I'd put together some of our fire safety tips. Leo is now at the age where we understands dangerous situations so we have started talking about these important topics. I have quite a few little things to touch upon so I thought I'd do a 2 part blog post on our safety plans and tips we practice in our house and some things that I need to address as he gets older. With that let's talk about fire safety.
It is that time of the year... Spring Cleaning! We have all watched Marie Kondo by now and hopefully did some major organizing and cleaning out your closets, garage, kitchen, office etc. This spring cleaning isn't about closet organizing and what to donate, but it is about deep cleaning. Something that isn't quite my favorite thing to do but I makes sure on the weekends in the Spring I take some time to deep clean. I also outsource one part of my cleaning every year and that's my carpets or my furniture. So here are 5 things I do every Spring!