Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thoughts for Thursday | Favorite TV Shows

Now that Walker's here, Brandon and I don't have as much time to watch TV - obviously - as we did before Walker was born. We typically watch one episode of something per night; two if we're feeling daring and stay up past 9:30 p.m.! Ha! 

With that, Netflix has been our best friend as of late. I bought Brandon Amazon Fire TV for Christmas, and he linked our Netflix account to it. When he travels, I can watch all of the girly shows he isn't a fan of {i.e. "Scandal"}, and in turn, he can watch things like "Breaking Bad" or "Better Call Saul" that I could care less about. 

But we have to have something to watch together, right? For this Thoughts for Thursday, I thought I'd share with y'all some of our favorite TV shows to watch together: 


one // two // three

four // five // six 

If you haven't watched any of these shows, I would highly encourage you to do so! They're awesome! Do any of y'all watch any of these?

Linking up with Annie and Natalie today! 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

What to Wear Wednesday: Post-Baby Clothing


Hey y’all! Gentel and I are excited to be back with y’all for another installment of “What to Wear Wednesday!”

This month, we’re going to talk about the always fun subject of post-maternity wear. As in, you just had a baby and now nothing fits – so what do you wear? {Special thanks to Brittany from Perpetually Daydreaming for her suggestion!}

When you’re first pregnant, you can still fit into your cute non-maternity clothes. Then the pants start getting a little tighter, and you finally break down and buy full-panel maternity pants. And then everything starts not fitting the way it should and before you know it, you have about three things you can wear and can only dream of the day you can wear your cute dresses, skinny jeans and shirts – minus the ginormous boobs.

I don’t know about you, but after my baby was born, I {mistakenly} thought I’d be back into pre-baby clothes in no time. But, sadly, that wasn’t the case. Thankfully, you are home on maternity leave – or just home for good as a stay-at-home mom – and you can rock the “homeless” look for a good couple of weeks. {Or at least I did!} I vividly remember thinking it was quite an accomplishment if I changed out of my maternity tank I slept in and into my cute, comfy, cotton pajamas for the day.

But then, I had to quit looking homeless and actually get out of the house – both for fresh air and my sanity – so I couldn’t rock pajamas down to the grocery store. I think I said, “What can I wear?” about 35 times on my first outing. But I found what worked, and in no time I was back into my pre-pregnancy clothes…thanks in part to personal training sessions at the gym and breastfeeding.

So here are some ideas of some post-baby essentials:



one // two // three

four // five // six

Piko Tops: These are wonderful because they’re loose and comfortable, but they look like you tried to put a little effort into your outfit. You can dress them up or down! And the best part, they are excellent for far after baby, too! And they come in every color of the rainbow.

Nursing Tanks: I lived in these…literally. I slept in them, wore them around the house and would throw a cardigan over the top if I needed to leave the house. They’re perfect for nursing and are super comfy, too.

Nursing Bras: This goes without saying, right? Your milk-filled boobs just won’t fit in your pre-giving-birth bras. This one is the absolute best I found after trying a ton – and I do mean a ton. It’s soft, washes well and is comfortable. I bought five and wore them every day when I went back to work when I was pumping. Even if you don’t buy this particular one, invest in some good nursing bras. You will be sleeping in them and wearing them all day, so make sure they’re comfortable and work well.

Maternity Leggings: I wore these all throughout my pregnancy for obvious reasons, but they’re great for post-baby, too! {Especially if you have a C-section; they feel better on your tummy than something with an elastic waistband or buttons.} You’ll still have a small belly when you leave the hospital, and these maternity leggings are perfect for that. Throw on a Piko and some flats and you have a look!

Yoga Pants: I mean, duh. I live in these on the weekends, and so obviously I wore them quite often on maternity leave. They’re comfy, are perfect for running around and wash easily when you get milk, spit-up or poop on them – and yes, that’s all inevitable!

Denim Shirts: Excuse me, “chambray.” ;) However you want to say it, these are not only in style, they’re great to throw on and look put together. I often paired my chambray shirt with my maternity leggings and leopard print flats when I was going out and about and wanted to look cute, yet still be functional {hello, nursing}.

So there you have it! Post-baby wear!

As a reminder, we will be posting style ideas for a specific event once a month. We plan to do a mix of both special events and everyday occasions from how to mix prints to what to wear to a wedding. Is there a particular look you want ideas on styling? Leave us a comment or shoot either of us an email; we are happy to incorporate it!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Weekending

Happy Monday! Let's get right down to it! 

-FRIDAY-
After a week of being at school/not being at school because of the weather, what do you know, it started snowing again. And this time, it was super bad! {Well, to us Texans.} My district cancelled school early, and I was so thankful. I went to pick up Walker and what normally takes us 20-ish minutes to get home each day took us a little more than an hour. I was white-knuckled driving the entire way home; not gonna lie, I was really pretty nervous. 


In the middle of all that, a local news station called and wanted me to do a live call-in phone interview with them about canceling school. {As if that's my decision, but of course thus is the life of a PR gal!} So, I pulled over in a Chick-fil-A parking lot and did the live interview, with Walker in the back saying, "Uh-oh, mama! UH-OH, MAMA!!!" Ha! 

My friend Liz was back at the office and filmed this for your viewing pleasure. {Why do I hate hearing my voice so much?} 

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Since we were at Chick-fil-A already {and we had literally no food in my house}, I picked up lunch for us. After a ton of begging, I gave Walker his first sip of lemonade. I don't think he was a big fan...


After his nap, I took Walker outside to experience his first snow! {Granted, it has snowed before - literally about a month after he was born - but this was his first time to play in it.} He absolutely hated all of the layers I put on him {"But I can't put my arms down!"} but was mesmerized by the snow. 


...and then he was over it. I don't think we'd do very well living up north. ;) 


Brandon's office let him leave early, so we snuggled up on the couch and just hung out. 


Once Walker was in bed, Brandon and I started our binge-watching of "House of Cards" season three. So far, it's definitely slower than the previous two seasons, but it's still so great. I had been waiting all week for this! 


And of course, some obligatory snow pictures. Texas forever, y'all! 

{Looking out our dining room window}


{The backyard. So pretty with our lights out there!}


{Side porch}


-SATURDAY-
Brandon braved the roads and went to the grocery store for me, which was a huge blessing! He did so well and only forgot one thing from my extensive list. Ha! 

When he got back, Walker decided to "help" him work out, which was hilarious. 

We spent the rest of the day cleaning, doing laundry and binge-watching "House of Cards" when Walker took his morning and afternoon naps. 


-SUNDAY-
We went to church, then came home and ate leftovers and watched a DVR'd episode of "Fixer Upper." Of course, that inspired me to do a little updating in our house, which Brandon was loathing at that point! 

Here's a little corner of our kitchen. I've been super inspired to clean the countertops off of unnecessary things, but I love this bright little corner. 


After Walker's afternoon nap, he did some reading for me. There were some "bye bye" and "uh oh"s thrown in there, but I catch his drift. ;) I absolutely love that he loves reading and will voluntarily go in his room, rifle around for books and either plop down and "read" himself, or bring us a couple of books to read to him. 


And as I was capturing him "reading," our crazy cat, Oliver, decided he was left out and wanted to join the party. So, as I was sitting in Walker's doorway filming him, Oliver jumped over my shoulder and landed on Walker. Poor Walker was so taken aback, and I guess this makes me the A #1 parent of the year, but we couldn't help but laugh at this! 

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We spent the rest of the evening preparing for the week and of course, watching more "House of Cards." 

Hope y'all have a great week! I'm counting down the days until Thursday when my Spring Break starts!!!

Linking up with Biana and Meghan

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday!

Happy Friday! 

-ONE-
I finally bit the bullet and ordered Walker's first year book! It was a lot of time and effort, but I am so excited he will have this book to look back on the first year of his life...especially since we don't print pictures out for photo albums like we did I was a baby! 

I have used iPhoto to make photo books since college, and I'm always more than impressed with their quality and timeliness. Plus, it doesn't hurt that all of my photos are already in iPhoto when I plug in my iPhone or memory card from my good camera! 


Creating this book made my heart melt at his little, itty bitty newborn squishiness. When they say it goes by so fast, they aren't joking! {In all of these pictures he is less than one week old!}


-TWO-
I picked up this shampoo and conditioner on a whim at Target the other day, and holy amazingness does it smell AWESOME. I keep getting whiffs of my hair and love it. Ha! 


-THREE-
Speaking of Target and buying things on a whim, I bought this bathing suit - but in pink - on Tuesday when I ventured out because of cabin fever. My plan is to wear it on our trip to Jamaica this summer, even though I'm terrified of how I'm going to look in a bikini. {Eeeeek!} 


-FOUR-
I'm still going strong on my no-wine Lent! And in fact, I haven't even had a sip of alcohol, and truth be told, my skin is looking a ton better, I've lost two pounds and I'm sleeping more soundly. I'm really proud of myself for sticking to it - because goodness knows my job is super stressful and that glass of wine at night after a hectic day is always a welcomed way to take the edge off. Maybe next year I'll give up carbs or something else I love for my daily reminder why I'm giving it up!

{Although apparently if you give up alcohol for Lent, you're an alcoholic, or so I've been told. Insert eye-roll emoji and a string of laughter here. I guess if you give up sugar, you're obese or shopping you have compulsive buying disorder.} 



-FIVE-
This time next week, I will be on Spring Break. I cannot wait! This is what we have planned:


Linking up with: 


Amy and Karli



Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thoughts for Thursday | Favorite Cookie Recipe

Happy Thursday! 

I thought I would share my favorite cookie recipe ever with y'all today. It's my mom's recipe, and it's my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe. {That is, when I actually have time for something other than Break & Bake cookies} 


Ingredients
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (12 pkg.) semi-sweet chocolate chips 

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375*. 
2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.
3. Beat butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl until creamy.
4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after after each addition.
5. Gradually beat in flour mixture. 
6. Stir in chocolate chips.
7. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto a cookie stone. 
8. Bake for 9-11 minutes and cool on cookie racks. 

Yield
5 dozen cookies


Linking up with Annie and Natalie 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Well, I haven't done one of these in a while, so I figured, "Why not?" Here's a glimpse into what I'm loving lately: 


one // two // three


-ONE-
I think I have finally found the perfect moisturizer for my combination skin! I found this moisturizer on Pinterest, and it came with high recommendations for people with skin like mine that's dry in some spots and oily in others. This has definitely been a lifesaver the past couple of days as I've had dry skin on my nose and a big ol' zit on my cheek. {Read my blog post about my other favorite moisturizers here.} 

-TWO-
Winter Storm Quantum, I love you. While I hate that I have to work while I'm at home, it has been so nice to just be at home with Walker. I have cleaned every single thing in this house - seriously, I've even washed our couch pillows - and Walker and I have just played and played. After the crazy last week I had, this itty bit of ice was just what the doctor ordered. 

-THREE-
Again, another Pinterest find. This lipstick is the perfect nude for people with pale skin like me. The biggest challenge is not looking washed out - and like I don't have any lips - while still being a good color that doesn't have too pinkish or brownish undertones. 

-FOUR-
I have been dying to have colored jeans for a while, and I think I might buy these cheap pair from Old Navy to test the waters. 

-FIVE-
If you haven't gotten on the Downton Abbey train, I would suggest you get on it quickly! Sunday night's episode was by far the best of this season so far. Netflix has all of the seasons right now, so watch away if you haven't yet! 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Favorite Oscar Looks | 2015

Walker and I are home again today because there's 1/2 in. of ice on the ground, and when that happens, Texans freak the freak out. Although, I'm definitely not complaining about being home with my sweet boy for two days! {We haven't left the house since Saturday morning. I find that hilarious slash just shows me I could never live in the North! Ha!} 

Anyway, I'll admit it: my favorite part of the Oscars is the red carpet, as I'm sure it is for many a girl! Before I get to my favorite looks, I have to say that Neil Patrick Harris is hilarious. He had me in stitches and I hope he hosts again next year. 

Also? I absolutely loved J.K. Simmons' acceptance speech. Did you notice it was all about family? He didn't thank his agent, his production company, his assistant...no one but family. I loved that! If there's one thing I can't stand is when actors go up there and read off a piece of paper and thank everyone they've ever come in contact with in their life. {I'm looking at you, Patricia Arquette!}. So, J.K. Simmons' speech was perfect to me. I'm glad I talked to my mom about 10 minutes before! ;) 


Okay, on to my favorite looks of the night {L-R}: 

Margot Robbie: Yves St. Laurent
Jennifer Lopez: Elie Saab Haute Couture
Rosamund Pike: Givenchy 
Jennifer Aniston: Versace
Anna Faris: Zuhar Murad Couture 
Cate Blanchett: John Galliano for Maison Margiela 


Which were your favorites?