Monday, October 30, 2017

Fall Adventures || wunderkin co feature

We've been locked up inside all summer and I've been itching to get us out now that it's cooling down. We've been taking short trips to Indian Cove,  a camping area outside of Joshua Tree National Park, a couple times a week and Eloise loves it. She will now request to "go play on rocks." :) This luxury of driving 10 minutes to a national park is something that we will really miss when we move.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Fall Capsule Wardrobe

f a l l   c a p s u l e

"the best way to enjoy your favorite things everyday is to only own your favorite things"
-- by be more with less

Fall & Winter are my favorite seasons and we spend a lot of time out of the house from September- March so I decided to invest more in these seasons than I did for spring/summer. I love layering and pairing quality pieces with other items in my closet to make different outfits. Most of these pieces will transition into my spring/summer for next year and will hopefully last for years to come.

An example of a quality basic piece that pairs well with SO many items in my closet is this t-shirt dress from Amae Co. I quickly paired it with a few things and I know I could make more outfits if I spent more time looking. Make sure your expensive items work well with the rest of your closet. I changed my mindset through this capsule wardrobe project to look at my closet as a whole, and fill the missing spaces. Everything works together. I used to make the mistake in buying an item because I loved how it looked, but once I got it in my closet I realized I could only wear it with 1-2 things. Invest in pieces that you can make more than 4 outfits from; it's worth it.

I'm wearing Free People Booties-- these are over 2 years old and not on their website anymore. But the style is "braeburn" incase you wanted to track them down :)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Let's be Honest Mamas: Postpartum

Today, I am joining a group of amazing bloggers for our Let's Be Honest Mamas series (you can check out our last post here) and this week is all about postpartum. My friend Kacie from Elements of Ellis (find her blog here + IG here) puts these group posts together once a month. I think it's really fun to read other mama's opinions on subjects we all talk so much about. I linked everybody else participating at the bottom of this post so be sure to check them all out! 

Eloise is now two, so I'm sure my answers would be a little different if we had another baby. I would love if you guys left me some of your answers in the comments so I can come back to this post later! 

My dress: AMAE CO

Friday, August 25, 2017

What's Inside | Whirlwind Diaper Bag Feature

Hi friends! I have been neglecting my blog this summer and it's honestly been a much needed break.
But I'm back and refreshed and have some fun things planned for fall :)  I always wonder what people carry in their diaper bags and what some of their favorite products are to pack in there so I thought I would share mine. Eloise is almost two, so I don't need as much for her as I used to, but still like carry both of our stuff in one bag. I would love to hear your favorites in the comments.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Summer Recipes // guest post

Hi y’all! My name is Katie Morton, and I am a chef from Greenville, South Carolina. I became interested in cooking at a very young age. I helped my mom in the kitchen growing up, and continued to develop my chef abilities over the years. When it came time to decide on a college, I knew I had to pursue a degree in the culinary field. I chose to attend the Culinary Institute of the Carolinas and earned a degree in culinary arts. While attending school, I got a job as a prep cook at a local delicatessen in Greenville called Two Chefs. Over the course of five years, I worked my way up to the position of back-of-the-house manager. As manager, I ordered all necessary ingredients through local food vendors and distributors, supervised the preparation of all menu items, and inspected each meal that left the kitchen. 

Photo Credit: Amanda Cavett 

It was while working as manager at Two Chefs that I began to further explore healthy eating, and integrate it into my home cooking. I was sick and tired of the common misconception that healthy equals bland/boring/not yummy meals, so I set out to change that. I continually experiment using healthy ingredients to create satisfying, filling meals for the everyday man or woman. 

My husband and I recently had our first son, Siler, so my interest has expanded from just making meals for my husband and I, to including meals that our son can eat and enjoy, while still maintaining my goal of creating health-conscious meals. Included in this post are two breakfast, and two dinner options – with ingredients and complete recipes – that have gotten the stamp of approval from my husband and our son. I hope you are able to enjoy these meals as much as we have. 

If you try any of these recipes I would love to hear how you liked them. And if you LOVE them, please make sure to print them out for your home recipe collection, pin them on pinterest and share this blog post with your friends and family. Bon appetit!
Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Medical Update 2017

I know a lot of you have been following along with Eloise's medical updates, some since I was pregnant, so I'll try my best to make this short and sweet :)

If you are new here,  you can catch up the past 2 years on these posts:
Update 1
Update 2

2 years in the making: Eloise was diagnosed with a kidney defect when I was pregnant. They couldn't tell us anything which made it a really scary and stressful time for our family. When she was born, we had a room full of doctors (like 12 people total), just in case she needed to have surgery right away. Thankfully, she didn't need surgery and shocked everybody with how well she was doing.