Steve and I just celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary! It’s so crazy amazing to look back and reflect on your time together as a married couple over the years- and an anniversary is the perfect time to do so. Even though it’s only been 4 years since we were married, we’ve had 2 babies, so it’s been busy! And it’s funny to think about how we’ve changed, how our lives have changed, and reminisce about how we first met, when we started dating, and our wedding day. Sometimes we can’t believe it’s been 4 years already, because it went by so fast, yet, at the same time, we can’t believe it’s only been 4 years, because we feel like we’ve known each other forever and it’s crazy to think about a time when we weren’t together… it’s funny how time works that way… the one thing I do know for sure, is how lucky I am, and how- even she I don’t think it’s possible- I love this man more and more with every passing day. ❤️
If you have been following along, you’ll know that I started this 100 days challenge, well, 100 days ago, on April 4th, with many others challenging themselves to commit to completing 100 consecutive days of doing something creative of their choosing. I have wanted to have a blog for a long time. I started once before and sputtered out because I never really had the time or energy to commit to building my site… this challenge was exactly what I needed to push me into making my blog a priority. First, let me say that I’m so happy I did this, and I’m definitely planning on continuing to blog, maybe not everyday, but certainly cosistently…Here’s some other stuff that I learned/ reflections from along the way…
1. Cultivate ideas to blog about from your life and during your day.
I know I wanted to have a lifestyle blog with recipes, shopping, projects and ideas, and family/mom life, so most of the ideas for my blog have come up organically from our day. I would like to add more projects and DIY’s in the future which, is one of my future blogging goals.
2. Speaking of goals…
I have always been a goal oriented person, but haven’t always had the best follow through… committing to and working on this blog has really helped learn the importance of keeping goals, big and small, and how to break things up into smaller chunks in order to complete the things I want to achieve. It’s also really helped me to prioritize and get my thoughts and future plans down on paper. I recently bought this planner– which starts in august- and includes lots of concrete break downs of plans and goal setting- which I’m so excited to use!
3. Take lots of pictures!
Even though I’ve always loved taking lots of pictures- and it’s so easy now with our phones- I love taking the everyday shots that you may have missed in the past, because you didn’t think they were as important, but actually end up being really cool reminders of the small details of moments you don’t want to forget. There were definitely (more than a few) days where I would be thinking about what I wanted to blog about and I would refer back to my camera roll to see what was going on in my day.
4. Speaking of remembering details…
Keep a notebook- this is one I’ve done for years, but definitely proved to be instrumental while blogging. I write down ideas, thoughts, inspiration, quotes, websites, recipes, even draw small sketches that I want to remember. This ‘inspiration’ notebook is so helpful for brainstorming, keeping track of a recipe I’m working on, or housing everyday photos/ ideas.
Another thing to help me remember things I want to come back to is by taking screen shots on my phone- this was especially helpful for shopping posts and articles I wanted to link to when I do shopping round ups and best week ever posts.
5. Stay open to new ideas and experiences!
This isn’t just about blogging- but nice life advice in general! Sometimes, I must admit, I honesty decided to try something because I thought, “well, even if it’s not great, it will be an interesting blog post…” and 9 times out of 10, it turned out to be a fun and positive experience.
6. Let people in…
I really like how personal my blog has become- I think it’s a really good representation of my life and my family, and it’s nice to use as a place of reflection that I hope brings other people some smiles and some inspiration as well. The comments, follows, and likes I’ve received On my blog mean the world to me, and it’s Just so wonderful being able to share a piece of my world with you.
I hope you guys have enjoyed reading so far, and hope you come back again- I’d love to hear more from you ❤️ so cheers to 100 past posts and many more to come!
So we actually did it ,and have lived to tell the tale! We flew with 2 littles from Boston to Savannah, and actually, it wasn’t that bad!!
I attribute most of the success to snacks, pacifiers, bottles/pouches, naps, and felt books that included little pieces to play with! Here are some photos from our travels!
…and how I got to end my night…
Definitely the sign of a successful day! We drove up to my in laws house today to spend the night so they can drive us to the airport in the morning. This plan works out so perfectly for us because we are leaving our dog here- which means no boarding, yay!- and we don’t have to worry about long term parking, etc. and are hoping to do curbside check in with our bags… if you’ve been following the blog for the last few days, you know I’m a tad nervous about flying with two littles and I’m hoping this process goes as smoothly as possible! (I will keep you updated on how it goes and share my own tips soon!)
We had about a 3 hour car ride driving up here, which went mainly well- kiddos were in pretty good spirits for the majority of the ride, and then we were able to celebrate with all of Steve’s family- aunts, uncles, and cousins, that couldn’t make it to Sailor’s bday party the other day. We had a great little pizza party, and Sailor got sung to again- she was in all her glory 😁!
This picture was snapped on the way up to bed after Dash stayed up waaaay past his bedtime… Of course when you’re staying with grandparents, the kids get a little spoiled- which is great! At Steve’s parents house, it’s lovingly called “anything you want day” – which sounds pretty awesome…
We leave in the am for the airport! (As Dash would say, to go up in the sky!) I’ll keep you posted on our (mis)adventures ❤️
What kind of a packer are you? I’m a last minute overpacker… does it get any worse than that?! I’m trying to streamline this time around, but it still seems like I just have too much stuff- my clothes literally have FOMO- and I’m so worried that I’m going to *wish* I brought that dress or that t shirt on day two of vacay…
So, I probably still have too much stuff in my suitcase… but at least I’m trying to organize it all- one of the best packing tips I ever received was to separate your stuff into categories and try to pack them in small bags individually. I bought these cool mesh packing cubes and I’ve been using them for everything! I have one with my bathing suits, one with my socks, bras and underwear, one with tanks, etc. larger clothes, like dresses and jeans I laid at the bottom of the bag. These cubes are also so perfect for packing up kiddos! I used one for pouches and snacks, one as a clean diaper kit (diapers/wipes/cream) one for extra outfits, etc.
This week was the Best Week Ever! July 3-July 9th, 2017!
Sailor turned ONE and we had a killer bday party for our baby girl!
Our new toddler trampoline is definitely a hit!
The birthday girl!
Fantastic mail day…
Keep up the good work Breyer’s! (#normalizeveganism)
Dash was so proud of himself for doing this puzzle! (With a little help from us, but not a ton!)
Birthday parties with toddlers 🙂
Making a cow mask- let the ‘Moo’ing ensue!
And some eye candy- these photos!
We threw Sailor her first birthday party today!! I can’t believe my baby is one already! She started saying the word ‘up’ and took a couple of steps on her own! I think she’s gonna be walking and talking more and more- and we can’t wait! Here’s some quick pics from our fun today!
Yes, I do love vegan chocolate cupcakes.
The first time I’ve seen Dash dig into a cupcake!
Party = success! Thanks for celebrating our special day!
‘Tis the season for backyard picnics, grilling and basking in the sun! Nothing is better than a cool potato salad to temper that hot sun… unfortunately, most potato salads at the BBQ’s I attend tend to be laden with mayo. This potato salad is just as flavorful, creamy, and satisfying, without any egg products! It’s great to whip up a quick batch (it really is quick!) to bring to your meat loving friend’s backyard, so you know at least the potato salad is animal free! And I bet your friends will be asking for seconds too!
Here’s what you need:
4 lbs of small potatoes- washed and cut into small bite sized chunks- salt, pepper, 2 avocados, 3 tsp lemon juice, 5 cloves of garlic, 2 tsp of chopped basil, 1/2 cup non dairy milk (almond, soy, etc) 1/2 red onion- chopped
Here’s the plan:
Bring a large pot of water to a roaring boil. Add 2 tbsp salt to the water. Add the chopped potatoes and boil for about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender. You want them cooked through, but not mushy! Drain and set aside. Peel and pit the 2 avocados, put into a food processor. Add to the food processor the garlic, basil, lemon juice, non dairy milk, 1 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp of pepper. Blend until smooth and creamy. Put the potatoes into a large bowl, add the red onion and pour the creamy dressing over the top. Stir well to combine! Chill before serving for at least 1 hour!
I cannot wait for Prime Day!
Jason Schwartman is so underrated.
Just take my money Free People…
Are you going away on vacation this summer? We leave for South Carolina in a week and I’m equal parts excited and overwhelmed! The idea of packing for a family of four- yes, I will probably micromanage my husband’s luggage as well, and flying with 2 little ones- ages one and two, is definitely a little bananas. (Especially since we also have Sailor’s first birthday party on Saturday and I have a to- do list a mile long before leave.. eeek)
We will be heading down to Hilton Head for two weeks with my parents- which will definitely be a huge help, AND Steve and I are going to escape to Charleston, SC for a night to celebrate our 4 year wedding anniversary! This is where we just booked our night away! (I’m dying!)
So, I’ve basically been reading all about tips to travel with kids, since we’ve never flown with them before. And also reading up on all the best of Charleston. (I grew up vacationing in Hilton Head, so I’m pretty prepped for that area already, and besides, we’re all just really excited about the pool and straight chillin..)
Here’s a round-up of some of the tips I’ve been scouting:
Traveling with kiddos!
and of course, our getaway!