5 things you need to tell yourself every morning

I was thinking the other afternoon about the journey I’ve been on the last several years, and more so where that journey has brought me – from a fiance to a wife to a mother all within two and a half years. Recently, since becoming a mom, I’ve had my work cut out for me – not only do I have to stay on top of being a wife to my husband, I also have to be 110% on top of my mom game since I currently stay at home with my baby. Oh, and let’s not forget about trying to maintain a social life…It’s a lot of work! For others who are in the same boat as me or who are learning to adjust to the transition of wife > mom…here are 5 things to say to yourself every morning that will help encourage, uplift, and refresh your spirit ❤ Continue reading

How to go on a really fun date night (and bring your baby)

John and I used to go out ALL the time before we had our baby – as I’m sure many pre-parents did! We did the movies almost every week, dinner dates, went out to watch bands play late at night at bars, went to the beach for hours, we’d go on long drives…and don’t get me wrong, we definitely have gone out several times since having izzy (think once a week or so, and she’s 10 weeks old now) – but it’s just not the same to try and have a romantic date night together, let alone have it be spontaneous. Lots of “date nights with baby” point to more of a stay at home/stay in type of deal, but there’s just some nights where all we want to do is dress up go out and not be stuck at home. Netflix and chill just doooooesn’t cut it for date night, ya know?

John and I don’t want to get a babysitter yet for Izzy and my mom lives about an hour away, so the only idea we had for making a fun date night happen was to bring our baby with us! Which ended up working out pretty well 🙂 Keep reading  for our tips and tricks on how to do a really fun date night – with your new baby in tow!

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40 Week Bump Update

Today is my 280th day and 40th week being pregnant – and at this point, I’m tired of waiting for her to show up! Like, girl what’s taking so long?! To which John said, “she’s just likes to sleep in, like me” (John could sleep in for days if he wanted to) which could be true, however, I’m really crossing my fingers for her to show up on 4th of July. Because, nothing beats birthday fireworks every year. 🙂 I’ve tried everything to get her to come on time – spicy foods (sriracha on everything), pillow talk, greasy pizza, long walks, 2 membrane sweeps now (um, OUCH), dancing around the house…but she’s apparently perfectly content being in my belly for longer than 40 weeks! So since today is her due date and she hasn’t come yet John and I decided to take advantage of the last bit of alone time and went to the beach, got ice cream, and now we’re grilling up some fried egg avocado burgers for dinner for some pre-4th festivities.

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Husband Approved Honey Soy Pork Tenderloin

At 38 weeks pregnant and knowing izzy could be here any day now, I definitely know two things: first, I do notttt want to be slaving away in the kitchen trying to come up with various lunch and dinner recipes 5-7 days out of the week until she’s here, and second, I sure as heck don’t want to do that after she’s here either, because really who has the time and energy to take care of a newborn and be in the kitchen making yummy meals every day AND want to clean up the mess afterward?! Psh! So earlier this week I decided I would try my hand at making 2-3 crockpot meals a week for the next two weeks – as well as prepare some make ahead crockpot freezer meals that I could throw together in less than 5 minutes while holding a baby. Continue reading

Our Baby’s Eclectic Bohemian Mini Nursery

We live in a one bedroom apartment, so our baby girl’s “nursery” is set up along one wall of our bedroom. I thought it would be too small at first, but it turns out it is just the right size for all her things! Plus, we wanted to keep her close to us for the first year, not in her own room. Moving into a 2 bedroom would not have been cost efficient (especially living in San Diego) – so for the time being, this set up works for us. If you have a small space for your nursery, or if you can’t afford to expand into a larger place for now, or if you’re working with a budget – this post is for you 🙂 I’ll be talking about how we set up her space, where we got everything, and how to create a personalized mini nursery on a budget!

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