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Thoughts on 30-Something

This past weekend I turned 31, which is crazy to me, because I feel like I just posted our 30th birthday celebration not that long ago. How can another year already come and gone?! I swear life moves more quickly the older you get. But I am now officially in my thirties… not just 30 but in my thirties! Even though I struggle with the idea that I am older and that I’m a somewhat functioning adult – oh, and a mom; I still feel eternally grateful that I am getting older. Getting older is a privilege. I am grateful to have spent another year on this earth and that I got to spend it with my family and friends.

People say that the 20s are the best years. My 20s were great – they were years of self-discoveries, making mistakes, changing my mind, and exploring the world around me. In those years, I accomplished what others said I couldn’t – getting a degree in physics. In college, I met my best friends and my soulmate. I got married in my 20s, we bought our first house in our 20s, and we traveled to Italy and had many other great adventures. Yeah, my 20s were great. But, I feel like I am living the best years of my life now.

Since I have come into my 30s, I have discovered that I have changed, in a good way.

  • I am more self-confident, than I ever was in my early 20s. My self image has changed. Since having a baby, my body isn’t the same and you know what? I am perfectly ok with that. My body has done some amazing things these past few years and I am proud of it. Now I am more concerned of becoming an example for Ada. I want her to have a role model that can show her how to be confident in her own skin. To know that true beauty is within.
  • I feel more settled in my sense of style and who I am. I always felt like a late bloomer in this area. Before I got married, I worn nothing but jeans and t-shirts. But now I know who I am and what I like, regardless of popular opinion.
  • My health has become an invaluable asset. I have always been health conscious, but now that I’m getting older and starting to see some “age” on my face, I am taking even better care of myself. Like, washing my face every single night (yeah, I was one of those that didn’t do that!). And as always, eating healthy (well, as best as I can – I do love me some ice cream) and getting at least some physical activity everyday (having a toddler helps with that). You only have one body and I want to do the best I can to treat it right. 😉
  • And last but certainly not least, I became a mom when I was 29 (great way to end my 20s, uh?). Having Ada in our lives has been the greatest blessing of all. It is because of her, that I am now living the best years of my life.

So there you have it, 30s are so much better than your 20s! 😉

This weekend my family came up and went with me to the “Tour de Fat” at the New Belgium brewery. And whole reason we went was to see Third Eye Blind; my favorite band in high school. It was a fantastic concert and I felt young again! 😉 We had a blast eating food truck food, drinking beer, and singing at the top of our lungs to songs I blasted through my car stereo in my high school parking lot. It was a great night!

Thank you all for my birthday wishes and to those to celebrated with me. And a special thanks to my parents for watching over my little girl. 30 was a great year and I am looking forward to this year. Heres to living in your thirties and making them the best years of our lives!


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Mother’s Day Weekend

Happy late Mother’s Day ya’ll! Sorry this is so, so late… May is a busy month for us. I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend with the ones you love! Last year on Mother’s Day, Randy was traveling for work, so I went to stay with family because you know, it was my first Mother’s Day. 😉 Ada was almost 9 months old and did not sleep well anywhere but in her own crib at home. So I remember her waking up often and staying awake forever each time. I tried so many things to help her go back to sleep, but she wasn’t having it. And even though I was very sleep deprived, it was also a weekend I will always cherished. Because the night before Mother’s Day, was one of the last nights I breastfed Ada. At the time, I didn’t really think much about it (in fact, all I could think about was sleep), but looking back on it now, I see that it was such a sweet moment that I will never forget.

This Mother’s Day was very similar to last year. Randy was traveling for work and I went to stay with family. (Seeing a trend here?) And you guessed it, Ada did not sleep well at my parents’ house. So I had another sleep deprived Mother’s Day but again, it was a sweet time. This year Ada is running around and loving my parents’ front yard. Their yard if full of flowers, birds, butterflies, frogs, and a gorgeous waterfall. I had a wonderful weekend with my family and throughly enjoyed playing outside with my sweet, little girl.

I love how Ada is photo bombing in this picture! Haha!

But the best moment is when I taught Ada how to twirl. (Just click on the link for the video.) Isn’t she the cutest?!

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I am so very grateful for my little Ada – my gift from God; a wonderful, loving mother; a loving, fun family; and a husband who is the absolute best father to our daughter. Happy late Mother’s Day ya’ll!


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Mother’s Day Photoshoot

I can’t believe that I am getting ready to celebrate my second Mother’s Day. First, I still sometimes struggle with the idea that I am a mom and second, I can’t believe that my baby is almost two! The years have flown by, especially this year! So for Mother’s Day this year, I wanted a photoshoot with Ada. I know we do a lot of these, but I have been super emotional with Ada’s second birthday approaching. I just can’t believe that Ada will be two in just few short months! Where did my sweet, chubby baby go?! But I am grateful that I have had many photo sessions with Ada. I love looking back on them and remembering what Ada was like at that time.

Special thanks to my sweet, patient husband for taking the time to take these photos. We are the luckiest girls in the world!

Outfit Details: My Dress // Ada’s Dress // Ada’s Bow // Ada’s Bracelet

Hope you all have a wonderful week!


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Our Weekend

Happy Monday friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend because we certainly did! Friday night we celebrated Cinco de Mayo with our dear friends. It was a fun night, watching our kids play, while we enjoyed some margaritas.

Saturday was a rainy, cold day. So we did what we could to entertain Ada when all she wanted was to play outside. But Sunday, the weather cleared and we ran outside before it decided to rain on us again. We took Ada to Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. We have been dying to go for a few years now, so we made it happen yesterday.

For those of you who don’t know, Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is a rare forest of old hardwoods. In fact, this forest is the largest old growth forest in the Eastern United States. Some of the trees are 100 feet tall and about 20 feet in circumference. They are magnificent trees that are about 450 years old! It truly is a beautiful forest, carpeted with moss, ferns and delicate flowers.

Ada loved hiking around, but the terrain was a bit rough for her. So she enjoyed most of the hike in her backpack carrier. I believe Ada has pretty bad allergies. She has had a constant runny nose and red, watery eyes this spring. I feel so bad for her! Any suggestions on how to help her out, besides locking her up inside all summer?

It was a beautiful hike! And yesterday was just a perfect day. We felt like we were exploring this old forest all by ourselves. We only ran into a few people and the forest was so very quiet. It was so peaceful and a nice change of pace for us. One that was definitely needed.

This forest is in memory of Joyce Kilmer, a journalist and a poet who was killed in service during World War I. He is known for his poem from 1913, “Trees.” I am ashamed to say that I have never seen this poem before, but find it really beautiful. My favorite part, “A tree that looks at God all day and lifts her leafy arms to pray.”

This girl never goes anywhere without her “Hop-Hop.” They have shared so many wonderful adventures together.

A Sunday well spent, brings a week of content. If this saying is true, then my week is going to be awesome! 😉 I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! And if the mountains are calling to you, check out Joyce Kilmer. It is definitely worth seeing! Happy Monday ya’ll!


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Mama + Mini Monday: April Showers

With all these April showers we should be getting tons of May flowers, am I right?! After days of rain, Ada and I could only stay inside for so long. So I put on my rain boots, grabbed my umbrella, and we took a stroll downtown. It was a wonderful change of scenery that Ada and I both needed.

Ada was fascinated by this clock that chimes every 15 minutes. She would keep pointing at it and say, “Tick, tock! Tick, tock!” Downtown is one of my favorite places to walk and window shop. I love all the old buildings and Ada likes to stop and smell the flowers. Not to mention, Kilwin’s ice-cream is simply the best!

My navy striped dress came from TJMaxx two years ago (similar, similar). I wore it a lot throughout my pregnancy. It is super soft and stretchy; hence why I worn it all the time while pregnant. My blush cardigan is a spring time favorite. You always need a sweater/jacket in the mountains. My floral rain boots are from Joules. They have so many adorable boots! I chose the shorter ones because I am so short! Regular rain boots hit me at my knees, which makes things like walking difficult. Joules also make some adorable matching rain boots for Ada, but since she is just learning to walk, I thought it would be better to wait till next year for rain boots.

Ada’s navy striped shirt is from Gap (similar) and her gray cardigan is from Old Navy. And her pink gingham bow is from Ellia May Designs.

After our fun in the rain, we ended our day with a popsicle pretending it was sunny outside. Next time she gets a popsicle, she can eat it outside, because dang that was messy! But totally worth it; just look at that face! 🙂

Well, I hope you are all staying dry out there! Let’s hope for some sunshine soon! Happy May 1st ya’ll!


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Springtime Fun

You know you are a mom of a toddler when you dread a rainy day. Especially, in the spring when you have had several days of beautiful weather to play outside. I am just so grateful that I live in the time of Pinterest! There are so many great ideas to help entertain your energetic toddler on a gloomy, spring day. Today I am sharing our favorites.

1. Cloud Dough – This stuff is so cool! It feels like silky, sand and it holds its form when you squeeze it in your hand or into a container. I found this recipe that just uses two ingredients: flour and coconut oil. You can add food coloring, but I decided not to. Ada loved it and it entertained her forever! She loved using her Easter eggs and other kitchen utensils to scoop the dough into. It was a little messy, but we have a large quilt that we use to let her play on, so it helped contained some of the mess.

Ada, of course, tried eating it, but only took one bite before realizing it wasn’t very tasty. That is also why I used coconut oil instead of baby oil.

 

She was covered in the dough, but she was happy & just look how cute she looks with that messy face! 😉

2. Swing: Randy and I just got Ada a swing… I know, took us long enough! She loves this swing! She could probably swing all day if I let her. We have two places that we can hang the swing. One on the front porch when the weather is nice and one inside for rainy days. I love having it inside because she can watch me cook dinner from her swing and she is perfectly content.

3. Whisking Bubbles/Pouring Station: This activity is a little difficult inside, but it is doable – with lots of towels! Today though, we were able to catch a little bit sunshine before the afternoon showers hit. I have also seen where you can use a large storage bin to help contain the water, but we actually don’t have one. (Weird, right?) With this activity we used a tupperware dish filled with water and some soap. I then let Ada use a whisk to create bubbles. She had all sorts of cups, bowls, and spoons to play in the water with.

She also had to sample the bubbles…. silly kid.

4. Coloring/Stickers: For rainy days, we will pull out our coloring & sticker books. I just started buying these for Ada, since she has just started playing with stickers. Her favorite right now, is this one. The reusable stickers are great and it has helped her with counting. I definitely plan to get more of these!

5. Indoor Picnic: To help bring some excitement to our days stuck indoors, we will have a picnic inside. I usually cut her food up into fun, bite-size shapes. Mini cookie cutters are my best friends when it comes to bringing some fun to Ada’s food. And sitting on the floor gives Ada the chance to play and eat at the same time.

Regardless of the weather, these activities are fun to do. But they are even better when you are stuck indoors and bored! 😉 What are some of your favorite rainy day activities?

Happy Friday ya’ll! I hope your weekend is sunny!

Ada’s Outfit: Peplum Tank / Leggings / Nike Water Shoes / Hair Bow


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Our Easter Weekend

There is something so peaceful about waking up before everyone else in the house. Easter Sunday I was so excited to celebrate this holiday with Ada that I was up before anyone else. Therefore, I got to enjoy a beautiful Easter sunrise while I drank my coffee. The birds were singing, the sky was an array of colors, and I had a few minutes to myself to remember the importance of Easter.

I am pretty sure that I was more excited about giving Ada her Easter basket than anyone else in the house! It took me about two months to complete and I loved everything in there. Especially, the jewelry (necklace & bracelets).

I think Ada was pretty much in love with her basket this year, too. The jewelry was a huge hit and the bunny theme dinnerware was even bigger hit! Who knew, right? 😉

And of course, the bubbles were Ada’s absolute favorite! We will be keeping bubbles in stock for the rest of summer! We have gone outside for bubbles everyday since Easter – rain or shine.

We have had a lot of rain here lately, so we were lucky to squeeze in a quick family photo in between rain storms on Easter. And of course, Ada did not want to take any photos, evident by the tears still in her eyes. But I think we got a few good ones. 😉

I love how she holding onto Randy’s tie in these pictures. I just love these two!

As you can see, Ada does not go anywhere without her lovie – or as she calls it, Hop-Hop. I don’t mind, I think it is the cutest!

Ada’s dress is actually from her one year photo shoot. I was so glad that it still fit 8 months later. I bought this dress about a year ago from a consignment shop. I adore the details; embroidery, buttons, pleating, lace trim – what’s not to love?! Her hat was a another Kidizen find – I have found so many great deals on this app! At church, everyone knew that she was my daughter because of her hat. Wearing a hat on Sunday is kinda my thing. I am just thrilled that Ada loves them as much as I do!

We finished up the day with friends and a beautiful Easter dinner. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend filled with friends, family, and good eats.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,” 1 Peter 3-4


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Easter Fun

This past week, we have been in fun Easter mode filled with parks, kiddie pools, fun snacks, and Easter crafts! Ada has just loved every minute of it! In fact, she has been having so much fun that she has been taking 3 hour naps! I finally had the chance to do some of my spring cleaning this week! 😉

With Easter, all the holiday festivities have been so much fun because Ada loves bunnies. So finding bunny themed everything has been the best! Every holiday I try to plan a simple craft to do with her that we can send off to the grandparents. For Easter, Ada tried painting for the first time… in a way. We did a no-mess painting that she enjoyed and I loved because no mess for me to clean up! 😉 Basically, I put washable paint onto a piece of paper and placed it into a ziplock bag (washable paint, because you can never be too careful, right?). From there she just mashed the paint around inside the bag and voila! a beautiful painting! After the paintings dried, I let her stick Easter stickers all over them. (They were bunny stickers, of course!)

And about 2 seconds after this picture was taken, Ada fell off the chair, flat onto her back, on the nice hardwood floor. Yeah, Mom of the Year right here . I felt awful! Luckily, she was fine but is now probably terrified of standing on the chair from here on out. Go me…

After the fall, we moved to the highchair to finish up our craft and to have some chocolate milk. Because chocolate makes everything better, am I right?

The next day the paintings were dry and we finished up the craft with the bunny stickers – on the floor. 😉

Those bunny ears are pretty much the cutest ever! She even picked them out herself and they were only $1.00! She has been wearing them non-stop this week and I certainly don’t mind. Melts my heart every time!

I hope your week has been filled with as much Easter fun as ours! I am looking forward to the weekend and spending time together as a family. And definitely, looking forward to Easter dinner! 😉 Happy Thursday ya’ll!


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Mama + Mini Monday: Spring Florals

It is that wonderful time of year when everything is blooming and, here in apple country, the air smells like apple blossoms. The apple & peach trees are blooming and they are the prettiest, delicate, pink flowers. Ada loved walking through our neighborhood orchard this weekend and wanted to smell & touch all the flowers.

I don’t know about ya’ll, but we had some gorgeous weather this past weekend. We pretty much spent our entire weekend outside exploring our yard & the neighborhood. We even enjoyed a simple picnic in our front yard, soaking in the sunshine. It was a perfect weekend.

With this beautiful spring weather, out came our beautiful spring dresses! My dress is actually a maternity dress from Old Navy that I bought two summers ago. But I love the colors and pattern in this maxi. Nordstrom has a similar dress here.

Ada’s dress is my favorite! Old Navy is killing it this spring with all there florals and bright colors! I want to buy everything! It is all just so darn cute! Her bow is from ZozuBaby and her pink leggings are another Old Navy purchase.

I just love Ada’s smile in this picture! It is absolutely precious!

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend! Here’s to many more beautiful weekends! Happy Monday ya’ll!


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Ada’s Easter Basket

I can’t believe that April is almost here and that Easter is just a few short weeks away! I am relieved that Easter is going to be in the middle of April this year. Do you remember last year? Easter was in March and it was freezing cold! Hopefully, this year the weather will be more appropriate for spring attire. 😉 With Easter approaching so quickly, I am glad that Target’s $1 section is full of the cutest Easter-y things. I picked up their sidewalk chalk and bubbles for Ada’s Easter basket and I know that she is going to love them! Here are a few more things that I think will be the perfect addition to her Easter basket.

Every holiday/occasion I give Ada a book (or three) and this year I want to give her this book, “God Gave Us Easter”. It is important to us that Ada understands why we celebrate a holiday. And Jesus’ resurrection is super important and awesome!

Ada has loved coloring for a while, but she is now showing an interest in stickers. So I thought this cute bunny activity book would be perfect for her.

And every girl needs some bling! Ada has really shown an interest in jewelry right now. She tries to put hair ties onto her wrists, like a bracelet. And she loves to wear my chewing necklaces. So I thought it was time to start her jewelry collection. These bracelets are oh so adorable and they can be adjusted so she can’t rip them off and lose them! And the necklaces from Hooray Everyday are perfect!

We spend a lot of time at home in our pjs and I noticed that Ada’s feet stay cold. So I thought a cute pair of bunny slippers would fix that! And considering Ada loves shoes and bunnies – win, win!

Now that spring has arrived and warmer weather is here, I plan on spending all of our time outside. So sidewalk chalk and bubbles will be a lot of fun! Now that Ada is almost walking by herself, I know that she is going to have a blast chasing bubbles in the front yard.

And last, but not least, a beautiful Easter doll. Isn’t this doll gorgeous!? I just love the bunny ears bonnet and the vintage fabric & colors.

I would love to hear what you are putting in your baskets this year! Have a good week ya’ll!