Monday, November 27, 2017

Our Journey with Infertility: Part I

Happy Monday, ya'll! After sharing a bit about my surgery on Instagram earlier this month, (and receiving so many supportive, sweet, and thoughtful comments, cards, and gifts) I wanted to update you on how I'm doing and give you some background about how our infertility journey began. First and foremost, I spent two weeks recovering from the surgery, and even had the opportunity to visit my mother in law in Florida for the Thanksgiving holiday. My husband and I took advantage of the rest and time with family and I am back to work feeling healthy and rejuvenated today. I am not sure what to even call what I had done, as it was not the surgery that was intended. Instead, it was an exploratory operation which inspected my pelvis and corrected the diagnosis from hydrosaplinx to adhesions. That said, I did not have my tube or anything else removed.

Let's go back to the beginning now (since this is part I). My husband and I were married in August of last year. We planned to travel to Madeira for our honeymoon in December and per doctors' recommendations, did not move forward with trying to conceive until after our return as they were concerned about Zika Virus. Zika has not been reported in Madeira; however, at the time, our doctor knew very little about Madeira, so she was hesitant to instruct us otherwise.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

OOTD...the Perfect Outfit for a Crisp Fall Day

It's a windy, crisp fall day in Baltimore, so a ribbed sweater with a turtleneck is appropriate. Fall weather can be tricky, so I often avoid turtlenecks, but as it creeps closer to winter and the temps drop, a turtleneck keeps you warm and comfortable.

Lucky Brand jeans (and pants frankly) are my go-to in my 30th year! They fit me well, are classic, super comfortable, and made of quality materials. I have the Bridgette in mid and high rise and they are my absolute favorites! Lucky for you (pun intended), there is a big 50% off Black Friday sale on so these guys are less than $60! I recommend you scour your local T.J. Maxx and Marshall's as well, because I often get lucky (wow, they just keep on coming) finding them there!

Monday, October 9, 2017

10 Must-Haves for New Mommas No One Told You About

Back in July, I spent almost a week with my best friend in Fallon (the middle of nowhere), Nevada. When I say middle of nowhere, I mean the closest Target is more than 65 miles away! At the time, her son Jack was just 4 weeks old, and I was so eager to meet him! Isn't he handsome?!

Get ready for baby overload people!

I just can't help myself! : ) However, cute newborn photos are not actually the focus of this post. During my visit, I saw so many items for new mommies and infants I had never seen before. My husband and I are trying to start a family ourselves, so I started jotting down all of my girlfriends' favorites on my cell to keep in mind. My friend is a nurse practitioner, so some of her recommendations were from her experience and knowledge in family health and working with experienced pediatric practitioners. I want to share them with you here because the information is practical and honestly, top secret! These are things I've never heard, and I have years of experience as a nanny, and a pediatric occupational therapist, with a toddler niece and nephew! So listen up, folks...I will be sharing a ton of great products to give your girlfriends for a baby shower or the birth of their child. I will also be sharing items every mom needs in order to save time, money, and sanity! And to feel like a woman, even though she may feel like a cow!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

My Go To "Toss On" Outfit for Fall

We all have those days we oversleep or just don't feel like dealing with coordinating an outfit. On those days, I usually resort to a dress with a cardigan or vest, something easy to toss on. As we transition to fall in Maryland, we have days that feel like mid July and others that feel like November, so an outfit that is versatile and can be shed throughout the day is often needed. Today was one of those perfect, comfortable fall days; it started cool, in the 50's and hit the 70's by the afternoon. So I threw on my t-shirt dress, drawstring vest, and ankle booties and flew out the door. 

I wanted to wear my gray mules today, but I soon remembered I had a few sessions (not just meetings), which means I need to be able to move easily, so I opted for my booties instead. It was functional and practical and when I got a little warm, I just removed my vest. I cannot find this exact dress or vest, but I wanted to share a few similar pieces I found to make your "oversleeping" days a little less stressful. I linked up the options below!

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Easiest Fall Dessert Recipe

Let me give you a little back story. My sister in law made these pumpkin spice cakes last year for an afternoon with family and I was addicted. They are moist and sweet and are one of the few treats I enjoy that does not contain an ounce of chocolate. She told me they only contained 2 ingredients and were so simple to make, so I wanted to try. A few months flew by and come Christmas season I hadn't made them. But I got lucky because as my Christmas gift, my sister in law printed the recipe, bought me the Pampered Chef pan (she used), and the 2 ingredients I needed to make them! Now, that is my kind of gift...I was giddy! Shout out to Aimee for finding the recipe, sharing it with me, and getting me a creative and useful gift that I can use over and over every year!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Is White Going Out of Style? My Thoughts on Home Trend Predictions

Recently, Country Living & Coastal Living Magazines shared their predictions for upcoming home decorating trends according to industry experts and Pinterest popularity. I encourage you to open these in a new window, then pop back over to get my take on them. If you're in a rush, just keep scrolling here. I will give you a quick recap and throw in my two cents, a little confusion, and a lot of laughs. And please, take it with a grain of salt. I am not here to offend, only to share my opinion and design choices, however different or random they may be!

Country Living
Coastal Living 
As you scroll through the lists, you notice a few discrepancies. List 1: Copper is in. List 2: Copper is out. List 1: Marble is out. List 2: Marble is in. Granted these publications should have slight variations as they are geared toward different styles. However, unless you're living on a ranch in Montana or a beach in Nantucket, you probably take inspiration from different places and styles. Ultimately, you're looking for some cohesiveness and you're not getting it!

Photo credit: Funny or Die
We all know interior design trends roll in and back out again as quickly as the tides change. Picture this: After 2 years of scouring Pinterest and Instagram, you've finally saved the finances to purchase new tile, a few throw rugs, bath fixtures, and unique accent pieces.You take the plunge, renovate the space, only to realize what you chose in your initial renovation stages (now 2 years past) is already going out of style! I mean really! What is a girl to do?! The epitome of first world problems, am I right? That my friends is why I am here; to provide you with clarification or maybe just comical relief. Aren't you lucky? ; )

Let's just get to it!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Wanderlust in the PNW

My husband and I recently returned from an adventurous and enjoyable trip through the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. I took probably a thousand photographs and detailed everything we did and saw in my notes page one my phone so I could write a post about where to go, what to eat and drink, and what to do to fulfill your travel bug. However, I certainly will not be able to fit it all into one post, so today I want to give you a taste of what we discovered. I will gradually add posts in the coming months with specific information regarding different towns or attractions (i.e. breweries, hikes) to suit differing travel bugs.

Here is our abbreviated itinerary:
Day 1: Fly into Seattle, try to stay awake and get acclimated with West Coast time, and explore the city a little before crashing.