Saturday, January 17, 2015

it's saturday and i am still on a diet.

{photo by yours truly while driving which i know is dangerous and i'm sorry}

another week of whole30 and honestly, i can't believe we have lasted this long. it's cold. i need carbs  to get me through the coldness. but somehow mikie and i have gone fifteen days without most of our favorite things in life (wine and pizza) and i have to say, it feels really good. i wish i had some super exciting life updates to share but besides grocery shopping, meal prep and cooking and tea parties with skylar, life has been relatively quiet. it's perfect.
 
here are some of my favorite whole30 recipes i have found that will totally be incorporated into my weekly rotation, maybe for life.

nom nom paleo's asian meatballs

nom nom paleo's sautéed shrimp

the defined dish's jalapeno + cilantro chicken

the defined dish's thai green curry chicken

have a great weekend! have drinks for me. xo

Sunday, January 11, 2015

lately.

{maybe it's just the coffee in a pretty cup}

Lately, I've been feeling inspired. A feeling that typically is fleeting for me. Maybe it's this crazy whole30 thing, maybe it's a week of listening to "the happiness project" on book tape (sidenote: I guess it's not really called a book tape anymore - mind. blown.) or maybe it's fact that my two year old is able to verbally express to me how much she needs me and it feels really good to be needed. I don't know, but whatever this wave of good vibes is I am going to ride it. Mikie and I started this new tradition of writing in this daily journal which asks a simple question every day and we both answer it over the course of three years. Yesterday, the question was describe yourself in one word. My answer, "complicated." I don't know if that's something I can change. But today, I feel like trying to.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

it's wednesday and i am on a diet.





happy wednesday! it feels like it has taken forever to get to this point. maybe because i am in the throws of the whole30 diet and counting down days like crazy until i see a carb. speaking of whole30, has anyone done this diet? i am finding it not as dreadful as i thought with the exception of the hours of prep i am doing and the side effects (headache, a little bit of dizziness, and just general bitchiness today - okay maybe it's awful after all). let's just say i look forward to next week when i supposedly feel like i could take on the world.
 
so that's really what our focus has been this week (mikie is joining in on the dieting fun) and just like everyone else I am sure, getting back to the swing of things.

xx

ps i made this on mondy and am obsessed: nom nom paleo's  asian meatballs do it.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

sunday edition.


Happy new year.
{this image totally sums up every day since new years eve until today, when i decided to start the whole30 challenge and work out for the first time since 2012. also i just realized downton abbey starts back tonight, so basically it's the best day ever.}
 
this post by scary mommy was so spot on when it comes to nye with kids.
 
can't decide which color of these rad new balance tennies to get.
 
i think about this anthropologie airstream almost every day. buy me one, okay?
 
a life changing moment for me realized "starbucks lovers" aren't actually a thing.
 
while we are talking about taylor swift...this video made me cry. twice.
 
and for fun, here is a fun little styled shoot held at my hotel, The Brice in Savannah.

Friday, January 2, 2015

my one blog post of the year.



 
Yep, it's here. that one beautiful January morning where I tell myself, this year I will actually follow through with capturing all these precious moments in my life in this blog. Truth be told, I live for moments like these. I love January and the promise it holds. The fresh start. And seriously guys, I need a fresh start. 2014 was just, a lot. Let's just pat ourselves on the back for getting the hell out of there and being here right now. There's a lot to look forward to. 2015...I'm into it.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

life lately



i know you heard...atlanta completely fell apart this week. two inches of snow and our city was completely gridlocked. thank goodness for us, mikie was home with skylar tuesday and i was able to jump on a train so we were both home with a glass of wine by five o'clock. i can't say the same for countless other who were stranded on highways for hours and in some cases, over a day. i am very grateful i got home and was able to spend a couple of extra days in the snow with this little one.
who loved every second of it, by the way.
here's a little glimpse of our life this week.



some fun cards i got from sugar paper la. man i love good letterpress...is that wierd?
 like, this arrival made my entire week


the sprinkles cupcake atm is ruining my life. 


i have been going nuts over the paddington bear collection at gap kids. the cutest spring dresses for sky.


my current project: turning my office into a playroom. the toys we acquired over the holidays were taking over my house so we moved our office to our bedroom and above the beginnings of a playroom. my old self is crying over this very parental move. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

sometimes i cook: chicken noodle soup



what you need:
one large onion
four carrots
four celery stalks
twenty-eight ounce can whole tomatoes
one teaspoon sugar
two and a half cups chicken stock
one package wide egg noodles
cavender's greek seasoning
sea salt
pepper

cover chicken with water in large pot and bring to a boil. once water is boiling, change the temp to med-low and add diced onion, sliced carrots and sliced celery. once chicken is cooked (approximately  twenty minutes) remove from water and set aside. add diced tomatoes (i only use half of the can...if you can find good whole tomatoes in a smaller can, please for the love of god, let me know), sugar, cavendars (to taste - i use approximately one tablespoon), salt and pepper to taste and simmer for thirty minutes. once the chicken has cooled, shred it with a fork and add it back to the pot. Add the noodles and again, just simmer until the noodles are done and then do you know what you have? my husband's favorite meal. enjoy!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

sunday edition


hope you are having a great weekend and staying warm and cozy! 
it has been snuggle central over here and tonight it gets better... 
grammy red carpet tonight and chicken noodle soup. 
here are some things i am loving around the internet this week...xx

this microsoft commercial makes me so nostalgic, i love it!

waiting on martha's valentines day card round up is really best.

sweet ban.do accessories perfect for valentines day.

the most beautiful maternity photo shoot on layer cake-let.

debating between which pics i want to frame for skylar's bathroom. i love this roundup!

an interesting article about lena dunham's vogue photos.

kourtney k's kids rooms are ah-mazing. i am obsessed with the turquoise chandelier.


Saturday, January 25, 2014

sometimes...

{kate spade agenda + madewell heart pjs}

sometimes...all you want to do during nap time is lounge around in your heart pajamas, plan the future and pin things.

sometimes...sprinkles cupcakes opens right next to your work and you have had a bad week and you eat three cupcakes in one day. (can we please talk about the amazingness of sprinkles - holy. moly.)

sometimes...you really do sound just like your mother.

sometimes...you imagine your dream house if you won the lottery to help you get to sleep at night. (it's amazing, btw. i have a library...with a fireplace in it)

sometimes...you spend way too much time filled with regret over only ordering two boxes of samoas rather than two hundred.

sometimes...you dance to elmo's song with your toddler five times before breakfast.

sometimes...you are awake at midnight and while everyone else is sleeping and totally creep around your house to stare at your little family and realize you really do have it all.

xx

Sunday, January 5, 2014

sunday edition


all my girlfriends are pregnant right now or have just had babies. it's nuts. i love it. the other day i was talking with one of them, about the many crazy aspects of pregnancy and she asked me, "when do you feel like a mom?" the truth is - and maybe this was different for you...i didn't feel like a mom while i was pregnant. responsible for a tiny life? yes. but a "mom?" no. i didn't feel like a mom until i laid in the hospital bed, while my husband slept and it was just me and skylar...alone for the first time. when i realized (and quickly) that this person's life was in my hands.

as time goes by, the weight of motherhood has become larger than i ever imagined. especially now that skylar is mimicking mommy and daddy and understanding things we are saying. i find myself paranoid about the way i shape her life, and what the consequences of my actions (however minor they may be) are. but the thing is...its making me re-examine myself and the process is kind of beautiful. because let's face it, i enjoy nothing more that having aha moments. and also, i need to make sure skylar doesn't start swearing at age 2.

so that's it, just some ramblings on motherhood this cold sunday morning. xx.