Bursting at the Seams

Hi friends! How was your weekend? Hope you’re having a great Monday so far! I’m off to a good start with a workout in the books with week two of the bikini series underway- and spending the morning with my little sidekick.

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We had a very busy weekend! On Saturday I spent the morning going to two grocery stores to stock up for the week. Usually I go to Trader Joe’s for our standard weekly shop and then a chain grocery store every other week to stock up on some products. And this weekend was the double trip. I love going to the grocery store, but it sure does take a lot of time!

Saturday morning essentials: spin, coffee and grocery store. #organic #happyhealthy #saturday #tiu #balancingb

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After I returned home I unloaded and started right into food prep since there was a one-hour pocket of time.

Once Mitch woke up we fed and then drove out to our godson’s birthday party. The party was Mitch’s first and his eyes were moving the entire time taking in all of the decor, kids and activity. He did a great job with all of the stimulation and loved seeing the kids and balloons.

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My good friend Cathy (our godson’s mom) always throws amazing parties and this year was another beautiful one. The circus theme started from the moment you walked in the door with signs and balloons and then once inside there was carnival food, a bounce house, games, face painting, a man making the most intricate balloon animals, a stunning cake and candy bar. There was not a detail missed!

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And can we talk about that cake?! One of the top five I have ever had in my life. birthdayparty2.JPG

After a few hours of partying we headed home and spent the rest of the night rocking Mitch to sleep, eating leftovers for dinner and turning in early (I was asleep by 9pm). I guess we all had a good time!

Sunday started with a much needed workout followed by a trip to Target to try and score some Lily Pulitzer items. I actually blanked and saw some friends posting on Instagram so I darted out around 9am only to find a ton of empty racks. But after searching the store I came up with two items I really wanted!!

Mitch took an extra long nap, so our plans to go to church were foiled, but that is what happens. And believe me, I was definitely in favor of extra sleep for everyone.

In the late morning we visited with my cousin Katie and her family who came up from Ohio for the day. My sister hosted a beautiful brunch with baked french toast, vegetable fritata, bacon, fruit and an avocado bruchetta that was delicious! cousins2.JPG It was my cousin’s first time meeting Mitch and we had a blast watching the kids play. Her daughter Emmeline just turned one, so all of the ages together was a lot of fun.

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The rest of the afternoon was spent working – not ideal on a Sunday but it happens – along with some food prep for Mitch. He is starting to eat more and more!

The night rounded out with some stirfry, wine and an episode of House of Cards. We just started the series and are hoooooked.

Hope you have a great morning <3

What was the best cake you ever had?

What is your favorite meal, breakfast, lunch dinner or brunch?

What did you do this weekend?

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Friday Favorites: 5 Must Have Spring Staples

It’s Fri-yay!

I hope you all had a good week and are excited for the weekend. We are looking at a very different one than last; lots on the calendar from parties to visitors to a fitness event, it will be busy!

Do you remember a few FF back when I showed a picture of this amazing Spring outfit? Well, I was so in love with the floral cardigan that I hunted it down and found it at non other than Target. Of course! I did some shopping two weeks ago and wanted to share the goodies that I found.

When it comes to clothes, I like to have staple pieces that are the ‘structure’ to my wardrobe and then add in items with a trend or season. For example, you will always find a few pair of great fitting jeans, black pumps, cute but casual tees and hoop earrings. These are some of my staple pieces. Then I go shopping! I will share with you what I found and how I would style these pieces for the Spring (and other seasons, too!). Lets jump in!

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Floral Cardigan If there is one thing I know for sure, it is that the cardigan is the perfect item to have in your closet once you graduate college. You can throw it on with a tank top and jeans or over a dress and suddenly you are pulled together. When I first started working I lived by cardigans – hello air conditioning. This floral cardigan is so perfect for Spring. Pair it with mint jeans, regular jeans, black work pants or over any solid dress to change up the look. Want to get crazy? Put it over some stripes or polka-dots. Fashionista!

Embellished Sandals These are everywhere! If you read any magazine you have seen versions of these sandals going for a couple hundred. While I do love a good pair of shoes, these sandals are great quality and give the same look for a fraction of the price! Pair these with a cute skirt and casual tee, shorts with a denim button up or just a pair of jeans and white shirt. Let the shoes do the talking.

Romper A new-to-me item but I am already in love. I have seen some of my friends wear these, however I am not one to jump on trends. The romper has been around for a few years now and I see why. A romper is the new sundress; aka, throw on and go. Find one that has a print (nothing too crazy like the one shown here) and toss on a jean jacket. Done.

Lace Top Spring means soft details and lace is always a winner. Finding a top that is casual but pulled together always reigns, so this top had to come home with me. Paired with a girly skirt or jeans (colored would be perfect with this top) you will be ready for a Saturday shopping trip with the girls.

Tassel Necklace Of course the trip would not be complete without an accessory. The tassel necklace is a fun new twist on long necklaces that have bee reigning supreme for years. This year fringe is everywhere and as someone who isn’t super trendy, I like that this necklace gives the same vibe. You can pair this with any of the pieces shown here or – my personal favorite- with a stripped button up shirt tucked into white jeans and a nude pump. Classic with a modern twist.

 

Up next, neon!

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This post is not sponsored in any way. I am simply sharing my favorites with all of you for the fun of it!

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