I know I'm not a bride but I still love to wear white. I saw this dress recently at my favorite online boutique Bria Bella and had to have it. This would be the perfect dress for a bridal shower or if you were doing a wine tasting (ahem classy) bachelorette this would also be a perfect dress. But for all you ladies that are past the "bride" stage you can still wear this dress all summer long. JUST PLEASE don't wear it to a wedding!
I hope you have all recovered for a wonderful 4th of July! I had a great long weekend and the best part is I was able to sneak in a few quick workouts at home while my child napped. I have been doing little workouts at the neighborhood park when I take my son to play in the morning. What I noticed is I was always using the first stair on the playset for most of my workout moves. So I came home and tried a bunch of different exercises and came up with this workout where all you need is a stair. This can be done at the park, in your backyard, in your house (if you have a stair) or even using a little step stool. Basically this workout can be done ANYWHERE! Which is something that is useful for me.
I happened to be shopping and saw this kimono hanging on the rack at Concept at the columbia center mall. I had been dying to try the long kimono look. I had been planning to wear this with a romper but we were in Walla Walla for the weekend and the weather had other plans for me. So I adapted as we often do in fashion and came up with this simple outfit. I think when in doubt about a new trend you go very simple! So that's what I'm here to talk about.
We just got home from a little family vacation in Oregon. Now that we travel with kiddos we no longer stay at hotels and opt for condos. Being able to cook meals at the condo is key with kids. I also try and make vacations as easy as possible making an egg casserole the night before leaving and this time I also made some fresh banana bread for trip. I am SO NOT A BAKER, but for some reason I can bake bread like the best of them. So here is a REALLY simple and quick banana bread recipe.
After living the last 3 years in Portland my options for clothing was ample. Thankfully the first 6 months Leo was born we were in the city and Leo was styling. But when we moved back to Tri-Cities we were stumped on where to get more trendy kids clothing. Until stumbling upon a cute little kids boutique at the Columbia Center Mall in Tri-Cities called Concept. I was shocked at the brands they carried and their selection. Needless to say Leo is styling again thanks to Concept.
Summer nights call for my favorite kind of fashion. I love all the outfits you can wear on cooler summer nights, like white jeans and all sorts of blouses, especially off the shoulder tops. This is my ideal summer outfit. My Mom brought back this top for me after she was on vacation. I loved everything about it. The embroidery, cut, sleeves, and the off the shoulder look.
Cold brew coffee is my jam. For those of you who don't know about cold brew you are missing out. It is smooth, not bitter, and just better tasting coffee. When I lived in Portland I got addicted to Stumptown Cold Brew coffee in the summer months. The minute the weather gets warm I can no longer do hot coffee. When I moved back to Tri-Cities I couldn't find the perfect cold brew. I enjoy drinking coffee at HOME and I decided it was time to start making my own cold brew.
So this is still a "work in progress" but it is closer to done and I was dying to share this room with you from our remodel. Jay and I are fairly big wine drinkers, when we bought our house we were stumped on where to put our wine cellar. After ALOT of searching of HOUZZ I came up with an idea and showed it to our contractors. To my SURPRISE they went above and beyond creating my vision. This is how we turned our "formal living room" into the coolest room in our house.
Are you in search for some new summer shorts? I was and after trying 15 pair at Nordstrom I found the perfect pair of "Mom" shorts. I have always had the hardest time finding shorts, for a million reasons. Mostly because I just don't look good in shorts with 1 inch inseam, not to mention now having a small child I need something that is comfortable, cute, and long enough that my booty isn't hanging out. Well friends I'm happy to let you know that I found some!
So if you followed this blog at all you know I'm crazy about the sun and protecting yourself from it. Well I am even more crazy about protecting my child. At the end of this blog post I will give you some facts that will hopefully make you become crazy about protecting your child from the sun too. But the one that really stuck with me was that someone's risk for melanoma can double if they have had more than 5 sunburns at any age. That is such a scary fact because I know I have had well over 5 sunburns in my life. So I know Leo won't always be as strict about his sunblock, shade, and sun wear, but while I am in control you better believe he will be covered from head to toe!