April 23, 2014

My Guys

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During my pregnancy, after I knew we were having a boy, I hoped that he would look like Justin. I think it's so adorable when little boys are a mirror image of their father. On David's first day of life, I kept seeing my brother in his face. And only a couple days after that, I thought he looked exactly like Justin.

Now that he's ::ahem:: gained a few and rounded out quite a bit, I think he's starting to look like me. He has Justin's eye shape, but my eye color. He has my mouth but Justin's ears. 

I can't quite picture him as a little boy yet, but I think he'll end up looking more like Justin in the long run.

Well, we took our first road trip (and our second actually) with David and he did great. Thank you for all the suggestions from the previous post about it!

Justin and I took David to his hometown church on Easter Sunday. His cheeks were pinched and everyone commented on his light blue eyes. Justin and I were practically glowing the pride as he silently sat through the service, took a brief nap, and basically was the most well-behaved child on the planet.

I have yet to endure a truly embarrassing moment with David in public. I know it will happen, and frankly I hope it makes for a good blog post, but in the meantime I am enjoying how great his does when we take him out of his comfort zone of home.

I have gotten into a wonderful groove with him lately. I absolutely love spending my days with him, and am very grateful for the opportunity to do so! 


I apologize for the brevity of his post! I promise I have more to talk about but the busyness of the past week has prevented me from spending enough time on the blog.

April 22, 2014

A fresh springtime scent

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I've mentioned this a time or two on the blog, but have you heard that scent and memory are closely tied together?

I started wearing a new perfume on my wedding day, and wore it for a few weeks afterwards, but then stopped. Now, whenever I smell that scent, I'm brought right back to my wedding. It's a really sweet memory.

Because I enjoy tying scent to memory so much, I almost want to start wearing new perfumes at ever milestone that David has. I wore a certain robe when he was a tiny newborn, and even though he's only 4 months old, whenever I put that robe on I'm brought right back to holding his tiny body.

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I tend to lean towards soft, fruity scents when I'm looking for perfumes, but the Pear and Pink Magnolia scent from Crabtree & Evelyn is a beautiful mixture of fruitiness and floral. It actually reminded me of my mom when I smelled it. She always has the best perfumes. 

Crabtree & Evelyn is kindly giving away a prize of a body wash, body lotion, body soufflĂ©, and Eau de Toilette in the Pear and Pink Magnolia scent to one lucky winner! Enter using the giveaway tool below! The prize is valued at $105.00.

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April 21, 2014

Disappointing Products

I mentioned in my last favorites video that I would film a little disappointing products video once I had gathered enough things to talk about.

Well I've come across 3 products that didn't blow me away, so the time has come.

What I really want you to know is that I don't think these products are bad in general, but they simply didn't work for me like I thought they would. 

Let's get into it! 



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When you are shopping for beauty products, be sure to ask about the return policy! Oftentimes if I'm really disappointed in something, or it didn't work well for me, I'll return it.

April 19, 2014

Simple Staples

One of the reasons I love neutrals so much is because it's easy to mix and match with them.

They all sort of work together because they are from the same color palette . . . and by color palette I really mean color-less palette.

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Everlane is a great, great place to stock up on simple staples for your wardrobe. The quality is absolutely fantastic, and the fabric is super soft and comfortable.

Comfort is key for me these days, so I rate that pretty high on my list when I'm shopping for new pieces to add to my wardrobe.

The coolest thing, though, about Everlane is the transparency of their business. They offer luxurious pieces at reasonable prices. They are open and honest about their costs as well as their mark up. I think that's pretty cool.

So the kind of shirt that you would typically be paying big bucks for, you can get at Everlane for a really reasonable price. And free shipping on your first order is a nice perk as well!

If you are looking to add a few key, simple pieces to your wardrobe, I'd definitely recommend checking this place out. 

April 18, 2014

Loving: Delicate Jewelry

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Occasionally I'll start to get the itch to make jewelry again. I love working with my hands, and now that I don't have the ability to do that daily behind the chair, I find myself wanting to create in other ways!

But as much as I would love to make jewelry again, I think it's wise to not overload my plate.

Thankfully, my sister is carrying on Elisabeth Ashlie (and killin' it!) so I get to shop her jewelry often. She was even sweet enough to send me these earrings as a surprise! 

I can't get enough delicate jewelry these days. My outfits are simple, so I keep the jewelry simple as well. It's usually limited to rings and earrings, and on rare days I'll throw on a necklace. 

Lauren is kindly giving away 2 $50 shop credits to Elisabeth Ashlie Jewelry! Enter using the giveaway tool below!

If you just can't wait to shop, Use promo code Smallthings10 to get 10% off your entire order today and tomorrow only! 


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April 17, 2014

Fifteen

Since becoming a mom, I now have 15 new very close friends.

They are kinda clingy.

Okay, really clingy. 

Weirdly enough, they all share the same name.

And that is "pounds".

15 pounds. Hanging on for dear life, the little punks.

When I was nursing I just ate everything in sight (aka Snappers), but now I don't have the luxury of burning 1 million calories as I sit on a chair. It's a crying shame, isn't it? 

Now listen up. 

I know my body isn't going to look the same as it did pre-pregnancy. I carried a stinking human inside of me. And he's seriously chunky and cute. <---that is unnecessary but I just needed to say it.

But here's the deal.

I don't feel strong. I can tell I'm not in "healthy shape". I want to feel confident, strong, and healthy. I'd also love to see an ab or two, but let's not get carried away.

I've had no trouble finding time to shower and get ready, but I have had trouble finding time to work out. It's simply a priority issue. I'd rather shower and get ready for the day in the morning, instead of waiting until an afternoon nap to finally shower. It's mental for me. I'm more productive that way.

I love working out at a gym, but I didn't want to go in the evening because that was precious time with Justin. 

So I bought T-25 in hopes that a quick home workout would be the trick.

I was excited about it. I couldn't wait to see my "after" shot and just watch the weight fall off. I made a dramatic change in my diet (Snappers were replaced with Rice Cakes) and did T-25 for two weeks.

Then I woke up one morning with a pinched nerve in my neck, so I was out for a week. 

And I was pretty happy that I didn't have to get up and do a bunch of jumping around at 6:00am. The thing about doing "cardio" in front of your TV is you really only have a few options. Run in place or do jumping jacks. And there's a lot of that in T-25. 

It's not bad, it just not my thang. I'm motivated more by competition than working out alone.

I'd see my couch out of the corner of my eye and think, "Hm, that looks appealing. I've done 500 jumping jacks today already. . . it's time to sit." 

My husband is totally self-motivated. He would argue that it's a choice, and I would argue that it's how you are wired. He did P90X last year and completely changed his body. And other than looking ripped, he felt healthy and strong. He was in the best shape of his life.

He can work out and push himself to the limit by simply having the goal of health and a strong body in his mind. I need to see other people pushing it and try to keep up with them in order to push it myself. 

So, T-25 is over. I think it's a great work out, and absolutely do-able in that it's 20 minutes a day. It's just a little too much jumping (my feet would fall asleep half way through the work out from all the pressure on the balls of my feet!) and I didn't feel motived by watching Shawn on the screen. 

So, then I took a Pure Barre class when I was home a few weeks ago. And I loved it. I was sore for days and felt fantastic. It motivated me and inspired me to keep going to get in shape. 

Unfortunately, the only way I could swing regular Barre classes would be in the evening and I didn't want to miss evenings with Justin. So I contemplated for a few days and then it hit me.

Go to the gym in the morning before David gets up. 

Duh.

He wakes, or we wake him, at 7:00a every morning. So, I've been getting up at 5:15a and going to the gym.

And I love it. 

I love the gym atmosphere. I love the alone time. And I love that I'm able to get my work out in before he wakes up for the day.

I need an extra cup of coffee, no doubt, but it's worth to me in order to feel good.

It is literally the hardest thing in the world to wake up at before the sun comes up but I'm always glad I did when I leave the gym. 

So I'm ready to get rid of these pesky pounds, start wearing my old clothes again, and feel a little bit healthier and stronger.

April 16, 2014

Happy

He's a happy little boy.

It is my goal, every single day, to try to make him smile and laugh as much as possible. I love seeing the smile spread across his face as his eyes squint down expressing pure joy.

It does my heart good. (wow I've lived in the south too long)


I threw together a little video to share with you today because I thought that would be a better way to showcase his smiles than me trying to paint the picture for you.




Baby smiles are the best, aren't they?