Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Summer Wardrobe

 The heat is on... Dallas is starting to heat up and it is time for me to loose the rest of this baby weight. These are my top picks for summer time.  
 
 Grab a statement piece for any outfit to help give it that extra punch. A big necklace, oversized purse, or a scarf to pull it all together. A denim shirt pairs well with all different colored shorts and can be dressed up or dressed down. Found at Old Navy or Target (on sale for $12 right now) 
 
 
Rompers, I love a good romper! I have been on the hunt for one this summer and I have found so many great options. An open back gives it even more of a summer look. Similar ones found at Junky Trunk Boutique.  
A summer dress rounds out my picks for the perfect wardrobe. Don't be afraid to pair a great oversized chunky sweater or denim jacket to any dress or skirt. If you do an oversized sweater make sure the outfit underneath is a little more form fitting. Similar coral dress found at Nordstrom, similar floral shorts at Forever 21


Of course, an outfit wouldn't be complete without the perfect shoe! I am obsessed with these boots from The Feather Junkie, each pair are one of a kind, custom for you. Also, these flats from Toms can be paired with anything!
 
 
I hope y'all enjoyed my picks for this summer! All of the original pins can be found on my Pinterest Style Board
 
 
 
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Friday, May 23, 2014

Katy Trail

This past Wednesday, Eric took the day off, we'll call it a mental health day. Things have been a little rough around here. I think Kilian is just now coming around to the fact that he is not the only one and that mommy and daddy's time has to be split to meet the needs of both boys. Keller is going through quite a fussy phase as well. He is waking up, nursing, will fight to take a nap, (unless he is wrapped up in my Solly Baby Wrap), and crying constantly between those times. So Eric taking off a day mid week could not have come at a better time. As I talked about in this post, Keller is happy and content when we are outside, so without hesitation, we headed to our favorite place, the Katy Trail in Dallas. 6 miles round trip but the day wouldn't be complete without stopping at the Ice House for lunch.

Kilian has learned to smile, and by smile I mean the cheesiest, most adorable scrunched up face I've ever seen!
 
Could they be any more handsome?!
 
I am beyond blessed to have the love and support of my amazing husband and thankful that he can take off work to help me get my sanity back. Things get crazy and hectic at the house alone with my two crazies, but I wouldn't change it for the world.
 
 
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

2 Under 2

 
These little nuggets... so perfect, so happy, the best of friends already.
 
:::Reality:::
 
 
 
 
A few weeks ago, I saw a picture of two brothers all snuggled up as cute as could be. I thought to myself, I can take those! Well, I can say I think we got one good photo haha. The main reason behind this post is to show that not everything is rainbows like a single photo shows.
 
Life with two under two is a tough gig. Keller is naturally setting into his own schedule and luckily, it is about the same as Kilian's, with some extra naps thrown in. On the flip side, it so happens that 90% of the time Keller and Kilian are eating at the same time and need me at the same time. It most certainly tries my patients and keeps me on my toes. Add that to the never ending toddler tantrums, the exhausting nighttime feeds and the unexplainable toddler night waking's, it all leaves for some tired parents. If you fall under the category, you are not alone.
 
We have certainly had to adjust in many, many ways. But everyday seems to be getting a little easier. Keller has a tough time taking his naps and enjoys being outside more than in. And when I say "enjoys" I mean, he will scream non stop, until we are buckled up in the stroller and going for a walk. As a result, our little family of four is forced to get out and do more outside activities. Our weekends are now filled with driving around Dallas to different parks, and outdoor events. I couldn't be happier and more blessed for this change. It has kept Eric and I sane, the baby sleeping, and the toddler excited to explore new surroundings. We are still learning and I'm excited to get back into blogging our adventures! Thanks to everyone for the support these past few weeks. We are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel of our fussy newborn babe.
 
 
 
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Friday, May 9, 2014

Buffet Makeover

With Mother's Day approaching, I wanted to share a project that I was lucky enough to do with my mom! She was in town for the week and we had just bought this beautiful buffet, and I couldn't wait to get started on it. Thanks mom, for helping me makeover my favorite piece in the house!
When we first moved into our home, I was on the hunt for an antique buffet. I love the look, the style and the feel they bring into a room. Plus, we had this extremely empty wall that was too small for a big piece and too big for just hanging frames. After scouring Craigslist and Facebook resell groups, we came across this beauty...
 
PLEASE excuse the terrible photo. It was sadly, the only before photo I took, straight from my phone from the seller.
 
I just knew it had so much potential, and with a little elbow grease we could get it looking good again. The bones were good, it was real wood and sturdy and that was good enough for me. Off we went to pick it up. We got it home and began to inspect it. A few missing pieces and the drawers needed some work but I was not going to give up on it. Luckily for me, my mom was in town and she is where I get my creativity from. She helped me secure the drawers, clean it and paint and stain. Thank goodness! It would have taken me twice as long to get it done with out her.
 
To begin, we used a product called, TSP, on it. It is supposed to strip away any oils, and clean the piece. After that dried, the sanding began. We sanded and sanded trying to even out any and all of the wear and tear imperfections. A good wipe down and she was looking better already. I knew from the beginning I wanted to re-stain the top and paint the body an off white. We chose Valspar's Quail Egg, which is one of my favorite and most used whites. It is just enough "off" white without being beige, or bright white. But before we painted with Quail Egg, we did two coats of Kilz primer. Because it was such a dark wood, we wanted to make sure it was being covered completely. Once that dried, we continued on with the Valspar paint. From there we moved onto the stain. Let it all dry, add some new drawer pulls and VOILA! It couldn't be more perfect for my style and taste. I am just as in love with it today as I was a year ago when we finished it!
 
 
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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Nursing Made Easy

 ((Pictured: Flying Birds nursing scarf))
 
Recently, I had the pleasure of receiving a nursing scarf from an amazing shop, Finch Designs . If you have ever breastfed and have a tough time being discreet about it, do yourself a favor and head over to this shop! I love mine so much, I have two!  You can visit her items on Instagram and Facebook and order directly from there. She is absolutely the nicest woman and really takes pride in all of her products. She has a variety of designs and fabrics to choose from. She does regular infinity scarves and nursing scarves as well as blankets and the most adorable stuffies! If you are looking for an affordable baby shower gift this is the place to go.
 
 
 
{{Oh, hey sweet baby}}
 
((Pictured: Bright Feather nursing scarf))
 
 
 
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