8.12.2016

Friday Favorites: The Sick Baby Guide

Greetings from one tired mama. Is there anything worst than a sick baby?! Our little man came down with a nasty cold/fever virus and my heart just hurts for him. He is not a baby who sleeps more when he is sick and the little dear is just out of sorts. I'm praying for a quick recover but if I'm being real, days with a sick kid just drag on and that prayer might be a little self-serving too. When you find yourself throwing your adult leg over the side of the crib to crawl in with your screaming child, you know you might have reached a new low. This parenting thing keeps your on your toes doesn't it:) In the spirit of our current state, I thought I'd share four things that make sick days a little more bearable.
1. Living Room Set-up: This isn't a product but a process that just makes the whole day easier. Have your partner sit with baby or do this while they are eating and set-up your space for the day. I put a huge, soft blanket on the floor in the living room with pillows and Lincoln's comforts (pacifiers, blankets, bear, etc.). I get a tray for our drinks, some snacks, remotes, phone, tissues, diapers/wipes and meds. I also grab a piece of paper so I can write down when he had the meds last; I always forget the times! This might sound like over-kill but it makes a huge difference not have to get up to find all these little things. Your tired self can now use the little energy you have playing with toys and holding your sweet baby! 

2. SEPHORA Fiber Mask: The up-all nighters make my skin look like death so while I have baby in the high-chair eating, I try to do a mask. Some of my favorites are the Pomegranate and Rose mask, they are so easy and make my skin feel like it got 8 hours of sleep!

3. WATER, Water, WATER: The amount of coffee and Spark I have to consume to stay awake makes it absolutely necessary to flood my system with water. It's hard to remember to drink water though so my huge cup has to stay with me and visible. I try to drink one every 2 hours.

4. Coconut Oil Hair Mask: The same line of thought I have for my face, I take with my hair. I'm lucky if I can shower when little man is sick, but doing just a little to take care of my face and hair makes me feel a million times better. This is so easy to apply and I leave it in all day until daddy gets home and I can shower. *NOTE: You might be thinking, I hardly have time to eat when my child is sick, I can't put a face and hair mask on! All you need is 3 minutes total to do both; take the time, you need it!

If you have any other recommendations, please send them! I wish y'all a great weekend!

8.10.2016

A Baby Boy Nursery

One of my favorite things about preparing for a new baby was dreaming about and creating the nursery. I had a pretty clear picture in my mind of what I wanted for baby boy, and I enjoyed each minute of finalizing paint colors, bedding and pictures. Even a year later, I'm still in love with the space; it's become my favorite room in the house.

I gained inspiration from looking at other nurseries and thought I may share a few images from little man's room in case you are doing a little planning of your own!

    
                 
Nursery Details
Paint Color: Valspar - Gravity 
Side Table: Home Goods
Toy Basket: Home Goods
Rug: Home Goods
Diaper Holder: Harper Diaper Holder
Bedding and Pillow: Organic Elliot Nursery Bedding
Curtains: Target
All Frames: Michaels 

Thanks for stopping by!

8.08.2016

Make Ahead Lunch: Italian Turkey & Veggie Bowl

If you are anything like me, meal prep is crucial to staying on track during the week and ensuring you get all the healthy goodies our bodies need. It can sometimes make for a long Sunday afternoon, but boy is it worth the time investment! Over the last few months, I've perfected some tricks to help speed up the process and a few go-to-recipes that have become family favorites. Check in each week as I share these and please pass along any tips you have!



First up is my Italian Turkey & Veggie bowls. This lunch is easy, versatile and it makes enough for you and your man or little one to eat all week. I hope you enjoy!

Ingredients
1 lb Ground Lean Turkey (I use 97% lean)
1/2 Large Sweet Onion, Diced
2 Large Summer Squash, Cubed
3 Large Zucchini, Cubed
2 1/2 Cups Cooked Quinoa
1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
1/3 Cup Low-sodium Vegetable Stock (*Optional: You can also use water)
2 1/2 Tbl. EVOO
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Powder
Italian Seasoning
Rubbing Sage
1 Lemon
Low Fat Feta (*Optional: You don't have to use this)


1. Heat 1/2 Tbl. EVOO over medium heat in a large skillet. Brown ground turkey and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning. Once complete, remove from skillet and cover.
2. In same skillet, heat 2 Tbl. EVOO over medium heat. Sauté Summer Squash and Zucchini and season with salt, pepper, italian seasoning and sage. I'm born and bread in Texas so the more seasoning the better, but you do you, sista! After 10 minutes, add onion, garlic, and 1/3 cup of stock and cover for 15-20 minutes.
3. Once squash is fork tender, taste for flavor. These is where I add more herbs or S&P if needed. Stir in dried cranberries and let stand for 5 minutes. This allows those little berries just a few minutes to plump up in the heat and moisture brings in so much flavor!
4. Stir turkey back into veggie mix, then assemble. You can build as you like, but I use 1/3 cup cooked quinoa, 1/2 cup veggie/turkey mix, then top with a squeeze of lemon juice and 1 tbl. feta.

Tips:
1. Ingredient Prep: I try to get my groceries for the next week's menu on Friday or Saturday. Before I put the groceries away, I take 20 minutes to wash and prepare all the veggies. Sometimes this means just washing and other times, like for this dish, I will cube and dice the veggies. This is such a huge time saver on cooking day! 

2. Food Storage: After you prep the ingredients and make the food, you have to have a place to put it, right? Well, these containers are my favorite. I have them in two sizes and have found them to be durable and perfect for ingredients and meals. It makes a huge difference in your attitude to cook when you can open the fridge and have everything you need right there.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know your thoughts, ideas or suggestions!

8.05.2016

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! I hope your week was beautiful and you're planning something fun and relaxing for the weekend. While you slip into Friday fun, I hope you will enjoy a few of my current favorites.

1. Watermelon Slushie from Daily Burn for National Watermelon day!
2. The french braid into a messy bun is my best friend right now. Here is an easy tutorial on how it's done!
3. My skin has been a little all over the place and this mask is just the best for keeping it in check.
4. NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair has been my go-to lip color for Summer days at home.
5. I'm Pretty Happy with this summer reading...I just did my first mood board and it was a cool experience.
6. The Little Tikes Anchors Away Water Play Table has been our saving grace for the "witching hour" when it's still 100+ outside.
7. I have a million things swimming around in mind head each day, and this pretty notepad keeps my busy thoughts a little more organized.
8. The Gospel playlist on Spotify gets Lincoln and me in the groove each morning on our long, hot walks!
9. Low calorie Iced Chai Tea Latte for hot, tired afternoons!

8.04.2016

Becoming a Stay at Home Mom

Happy Thursday! I hope your week is going well, and if you are in Texas, I hope you are finding a way to escape this heat. Each August I go through a bit of confusion as I sweat my skin off and wonder why I subject myself to Texas summers. Under-the-bra sweat is never a good look but it's about the only style I seem to pull off these days...it is steamy people!

Moving on, I thought I'd share a little more about where I've been and the big transition that our family recently made...

Long before little man was even a little man, Tanner and I talked about how important it was that our kids had a parent at home with them each day. We both were blessed with families that made extreme sacrifices to allow our mothers to stay home, and while we didn't fully appreciate it at the time, that investment shaped us more than we imagined.

Many families have dreams similar to ours but are unable to make the transition finically. Tanner and I were no different. The month before Lincoln was conceived, Tanner quit his job to start a business we had been planning for the previous two years. We were elated with the big move and felt the mercy of the Lord as doors continued to open for our new venture. We knew the timing of the pregnancy didn't align with the goals we had for me to stay home, but we stayed faithful and worked our butts off! We gave ourselves the goal to be home by little man's first birthday, July 14, 2016.

There were many tears leaving him during those nine months, stressful evenings and set-backs with the new business. At times we felt like it was pushing further away, but the Lord's timing is always better than our own. In June, after months of feeling so close, we sat down at my birthday dinner and picked my last day in the corporate world. It was such a special moment.

My first day home was Lincoln's first birthday. As you can see, I wore him out!
I feel like a sappy cliche, but looking back each of the events that felt like major set-backs were actually milestones we had to pass through to get home to our boy. All the glory to Him. We had a plan for our family but He allowed it to happen.

It's been almost three weeks and I'm just in Heaven. I know there will be hard days, but I'm so humbled with this opportunity. So cheers to the SAHM club!

Now, please tell me all your tricks for entertaining a toddler all day!

8.02.2016

There You Are!

It's been ten months since I have opened this little space. It feels like stepping into an old cabin that's resembles home but has been taken over by cobwebs and dust. It even smells a little...wait, that may be due to bits of breakfast in my hair that were so effortless placed by my little man's fingers...At any rate, it's been a while.

Where have I been you ask? Well, I had to prioritize my time after returning to work from having Mr. Lincoln and blogging just didn't make the cut unfortunately. After being away from him all day, I just wanted baby snuggles and play time with my boys. Week nights were filled with messy dinners and baby baths, and weekends were too precious to care about anything but family time; blog content and taking the prefect picture of a new recipe just didn't feel important.

Life ebbs and flows, and each little stage is filled with new adventures and challenges. My type A personality hates being inconsistent and stepping away, but these tender moments are too sweet to miss out on and I'm learning it's ok to choose. So, the last 10 months I chose to work hard at the office and spend every spare moment loving on my family and keeping the daily bits of life going. And can I tell you, I feel like I barely kept those little bits going at times.

I've never been more humbled and thankful for my family and friends! I've also never felt more convicted about our calling to encourage, support and love on other mommies. What a great opportunity we have to invest in the community of mothers that surround us at home and online. New to the game or a 20-year veteran, I'm convinced you never stop learning how to parent and there will never be a day, "You're doing great", doesn't give you a little lift.

I feel like life is ebbing back to allowing more time for this space and I'm excited. Thanks for sticking with me!

10.22.2015

Shades of Fall - Nails

Fall Nails
1. (Sally Hanson Gel Nail Polish in Boho A Go-Go) | 2. ( Essie in In the Lobby) | 3. (Deborah Lippmann in Single Ladies) | 4. (Essie in Sand Tropez) | 5. (Nars in Bad Influence) | 6. (Essie in Sable Collar) | 7. (NARS in Amarapura) | 8. (OPI in Dark Side of the Mood) | 9. (NARS in Mots Blues) | 10. (Essie in ChinChilly)

Going to the nail salon isn't as easy as it used to be so I've rounded up my favorite Fall nail colors for manis at home! I have to say the Sally Hanson Gel Nail system (no light, two-step process) has been my go-to since having baby boy. It stays strong for a week which is great considering the mounds of bottles and pumping parts I wash each day!

I'd love to hear some of your favorites!
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