Friday, September 13, 2019

Friday Favorites-- Trader Joe's Edition, the Frozen Section

Today I am linking up with Erika and Andrea for Friday Favorites and I am sharing some of my all time favorite finds from Trader Joe's.. but everything from the FROZEN SECTION. Why from the frozen section? We were so blessed last time we had a baby that several family members/friends/neighbors brought us food and it spoiled us rotten. Then, we ate all the food and realized "oh snap, we actually have to start cooking again??". I am "prepping" in advance for some last minute meals that don't require anything from me except popping it into a microwave. Because when I'm not getting any sleep, making a home cooked meal is NOT how I plan on spending my time. #mustgetsleep #andmaybeashower
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Let's Look: My Calendar

Good morning! Today I am linking up with Erika and Shay for Let's Look. The topic today is one of my absolute favorite things... my calendar! If you've been reading here for long, you know that I am obsessed with my planner. I am one of those crazy planner people. 
Monday, September 9, 2019

Lily Grace's First Day of 2's Pre-K

Good morning friends and happy Monday! Last week our sweet girl had her first ever day of school. Just like every other mom on the planet when her baby goes off to school, I had a million different emotions. We are so excited for her to begin this new stage of her life (that we know she is more than ready for) and are beyond thrilled that it will be at such a wonderful school. That being said, where did our sweet baby go?! How is it possible that our children get older but we don't? 😉

Here are a few pics from her first day of school:
Ready to go but not so ready to hold her sign still 😂
Friday, September 6, 2019

Friday Favorites-- Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

Good morning friends and happy Friday! I am officially on maternity leave-- woohoo! I now have a glorious week and a half (give or take) where LG has started preschool before the baby's due date. Wouldn't it be my luck that the baby will come tomorrow and I won't get to enjoy any "quiet time" before the craziness hits?? Hah! 

Today I am linking up with Erika and Andrea for Friday Favorites to share with you some of what I **hope** to see as a part of the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale. In case you didn't already know, the sale begins in stores this weekend and online Monday.
 This is the BEST time of year to buy Lilly Pulitzer items at a heavily discounted rate. Last year I grabbed a swimsuit, a couple maxi dresses, and some dresses for Lily Grace. I love buying her dresses from the sale because when they're heavily discounted I don't worry as much about things getting on them/them getting stained. 

Here is what I am hoping to see go on sale:
Pearl Stretch Shift Dress-- I love these classic shift dresses because they will still be in style for years to come. They are also so flattering on every body type. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Books I've Been Reading-- August

Good morning friends! It's time for my monthly book post. I read 4 books this month and can't wait to share them with you. 
I LOVED 3/4 of these and can't wait to share. Let's get started...

Monday, September 2, 2019

What I've Been Priming

Happy Labor Day friends! I hope you are all enjoying the extra day off today and spending it doing something fun. The weather here is beautiful so we are spending as much time outside as possible today. One of the nearby suburbs of Charlotte has an adorable festival going on this weekend so we are kicking off the day riding some rides with LG and watching her bounce in a bouncy house to her heart's content. If you follow me on Instagram (@lcdarrell) you may have seen some of our videos and pictures from the parade and festival on Saturday. We plan to be back at it again today for more fun. 
Friday, August 30, 2019

Friday Favorites-- What I've Been Wearing to Work

Good morning and happy Friday! Today I am linking up with Erika and Andrea for Friday Favorites and am sharing an update for What I've Been Wearing to Work, baby bump style 😉 
 Dress (old, but similar here)

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

What's Up Wednesday

Good morning and happy What's Up Wednesday! Today I am linking up with Sheaffer and Shay. I didn't have good enough answers to all of the questions, so I skipped over a few and answered the ones that really fit for this month. Let's get started:
What' We're Eating This Week: We have been making this Watermelon and Arugula Salad on repeat around here and cannot get enough!
Monday, August 26, 2019

Monthly Goals-- September

I cannot believe it is already almost September. This year has flown by! Anyone else here excited for the (hopefully) cooler temperatures September will bring? We had the sweetest little taste of fall weather here this weekend. Sunday was in the mid 70's with no humidity. It was BEAUTIFUL! Now if only would stay that way for awhile, right?? 
Before we move on to September, let's take a look at August's goals:

Friday, August 23, 2019

Our Nursery

Good morning! I am finally getting around to posting pictures of our nursery today. If you're new around here, we have a surprise gender baby due in about 4 weeks! Today I am linking up with Erika and Andrea for Friday Favorites. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Watermelon and Arugula Salad

Good morning friends! Last week my mother-in-law was here to help watch Lily Grace during the day while I went back to work. We always love when she comes to visit because not only does Lily Grace have a blast spending time with her, but this woman knows how to cook! Not only that, but her recipes tend to be very healthy so you don't feel guilty filling up on them. One of the recipes she made was the most delicious watermelon and arugula salad. She made it for dinner Tuesday night and then I remade it for myself for lunch every day after that, it's that good! The best part about it? Once you have the watermelon cut up, you can make it in 2-3 minutes. I promise you'll love it as much as I did!

Monday, August 19, 2019

Weekend Highlights-- Blowing Rock at the End of the Summer

Good morning and happy Monday! I hope you all had a nice weekend spent with family and friends. This past weekend Devin was out of town so Lily Grace and I drove up to Blowing Rock, NC to spend the weekend with my parents. We loved having the opportunity to spend time with family. Here are a few pictures from our trip:
The beautiful view from our drive up. This view never gets old.
Friday, August 16, 2019

Friday Favorites-- Life Lately

Good morning! I hope you all have some nice plans for the weekend. I am off to Blowing Rock, NC for the last weekend of summer before school begins. I am looking forward to some family time, some cooler temps, and some relaxation! 

Today I am linking up with Erika for Friday Favorites. This week's FF is a random hodgepodge of things that have been going on around here lately. 
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Favorite Binge Shows

Good morning friends! I was so excited to see that the theme for this month's Let's Look was binge watching. I am always looking for a good new show. 
Monday, August 12, 2019

Bumpdate-- Week 35

Good morning! Tomorrow I will be 35 weeks into this pregnancy... the end is in sight! I figured it was time for another bumpdate because there's no guarantee that I will get another one in between now and when this baby comes! Maybe I'll be able to squeeze one in-- and maybe not. 
Friday, August 9, 2019

Pinterest for the Win... Recipes Edition

Good morning friends and happy Friday! Today I am linking up with Erika and Andrea for Friday Favorites. Let's get to it!

Last week when I was prepping my post about how we prepare for Back to School, I was perusing my Pinterest recipes board and stumbled across some really good recipes that I haven't made in forever. I know I love a good recipe and honestly find Pinterest to be a hard place to find good recipes. Anyone else feel like you find more recipes on Pinterest that look/sound good but actually turn out to be awful? It can't just be me, right?

Anyway, here are some recipes I have actually made and can attest to their delicious-ness! These are all side items, and we usually serve them with salmon/chicken/whatever. I also decided to make all of these again this week to make sure my memory wasn't foggy and they actually were delicious 😉. Several of these were not just delicious to Devin and I, but toddler approved too!
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Books I've Been Reading-- July

Hello hello! I hope you're all having a great week so far. Today I am sharing with  you the 3 books I read last month-- 1 fiction and 2 nonfiction. Let's get started!
Monday, August 5, 2019

What I've Been Priming

It is a brand new month, which means it is time for the monthly look into my Amazon shopping addiction 😉. Truly, what did moms do before Amazon Prime?

Here is a look at my purchases for the month of July:

Okay I feel good about starting off with this one because it wasn't technically for me.. it was for one of my sisters. #imnottheonlyshoppingaddict 
Friday, August 2, 2019

Friday Favorites-- Back to School Prep

Good morning friends and happy Friday!! It's hard to believe August is already here, and with August comes all the Back to School craziness and fun. This year will be a little different for us as we prep for Back to School because it is the first year where our family not only has a teacher going back to school, but our very first student. Lily Grace will be attending 2's preschool on Mondays and Wednesdays this school year and we know she will just LOVE it. 

Today I am linking up with Erika and Andrea for Friday Favorites to share the things we have been doing to prep for the coming school year. 
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

What's Up Wednesday

Good morning and happy What's Up Wednesday! We have been very busy lately so I am excited to fill you in on the many things going on around our house. Let's get started!
What We're Eating This Week: After a weekend of eating delicious but not so healthy food, we are trying to be as healthy as possible. We are having green smoothies for breakfast, salads for lunch, and healthy dinners whenever possible. My absolute favorite smoothie is our peanut butter banana smoothie... there is a full cup of spinach in there and you cannot even taste it. I'll try to post the recipe later this week if I can. We also made Andrea's Southwest Bowls last week and are hooked! 
Monday, July 29, 2019

Weekend Highlights

Good morning friends and happy Monday! This past weekend we were fortunate enough to get to visit Devin's parents in Wilmington and spend some wonderful quality family time together. We visited the beach, went for a boat ride, relaxed, and ate some delicious food. Does it get much better than that?? Here are a few pictures from our weekend:

We left Charlotte on Friday afternoon and began what is typically a 3.5 hour drive door to door. I say "typically" though because when making a car ride with a potty training 2 year old, a 3.5 hour trip easily became closer to 4.5 hours. That being said, it was 4.5 hours without a potty accident, so I will count that as a win! 

Friday, July 26, 2019

Friday Favorites-- August Goals

Good morning friends and happy Friday! Today we are headed to visit Devin's family in Wilmington for the weekend which may be our last beach trip of the summer- bummer! It is crazy to think that school will be starting back up for me in two and a half weeks. What?! This summer flew by! In the meantime we will be over here trying to soak up every last little bit of summer with our girl since it'll be our last summer with just her.

I'm sure I've mentioned this a time or two over the past few weeks, but I have gone into crazy nesting mode and am trying to get all my ducks in a row before this baby comes. I remember very well those newborn baby days where you are overwhelmingly exhausted and busy caring for a newborn. I would like to have as much prepared in advance as possible! That being said, I have already knocked out all of my monthly goals for July and am now looking forward to August to see what else we can get accomplished.

Here is a quick glance at July:
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Pregnancy Fitness Program-- 3rd Trimester

Good morning! It hit me the other morning that I have not done an updated post about how I am trying to stay healthy throughout this pregnancy. I am now 32 weeks pregnant and this baby will be here before we know it! 
Monday, July 22, 2019

Weekend Highlights

Good morning and happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Ours was the first weekend we've had in awhile that wasn't crazy busy with scheduled activities, so we had a decent chunk of time to relax and get stuff done around the house. It was SO nice! 

On Friday we hosted a going away party for a friend. It was bittersweet to say goodbye to someone we love but also so wonderful to get to spend more time with her before she did. I wrote a post about what all I do to prep for hosting a party last Friday, which you can read here. One of the food items I prepped was a charcuterie board, which I took a picture of here before I put it all together:

Friday, July 19, 2019

Friday Favorites-- Entertaining Tips

Good morning friends! Tonight we are hosting another party in our backyard and it dawned on me that we host parties a LOT and I have never written a post about my hosting tips. I'm sure none of these are anything too new, but sometimes it helps to see everything all written down in one place. (Just a heads up, all of these pictures are taken from Pinterest. I obviously don't have pictures of a party we have yet to throw 😉).

Tonight's party is a going away party for our friend who is moving. We will be spending our time outside in the backyard, and it is a more laid back/casual party. Here are my tips for prepping for a party:
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Bumpdate Week 31

Good morning! It's time for another Bumpdate! 
This was at 28 weeks.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Motivation Monday-- Organizing Your Week With a Planner

Good Morning friends and Happy Monday! 

Friday, July 12, 2019

Friday Favorites-- Books I'm Reading-- June Edition

Good morning friends and Happy Friday!! We have big plans this weekend to begin with potty training... wish us luck! We also are going to be doing as much nursery prep as possible. Hopefully we can get a lot of it done! 

We will also be celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary- woohoo! I can't believe we have been married for 6 years already, I know it is a cliche but it honestly has flown by. Life is pretty great when spent with your best friend, huh?
In the meantime, today I am finally getting around to sharing the books I read last month. I read 3 really great books and am excited to share them with you!
The Tattooist of Auschwitz-- Ladies, this book was one of the most moving books I have read in a long time. It was such an incredible story that I often kept thinking "this has to be fiction, there is no way these people actually survived" but it was TRUE. The author, Heather Morris, interviewed the two main characters for years before writing this book and you can tell the amount of thought and dedication that went into telling their story. It was beautiful to see how the characters' love for each other is what helped them to survive. I cannot recommend this book enough! I give it an A+.

The Summer Wives-- Beatriz Williams does it again! She is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. If you love a novel that takes place in a different time, has romance and a little mystery to it, this book it right up your alley. It's almost like the literary version of a soap opera.. but in a good way! I think Beatriz Williams does such a good job of developing her characters and making them relatable, no matter how different from them you might be. You can always understand each character and why they are the way they are/why they act the way they act. I give it an A.

At Home With Madame Chic-- I initially read this book years ago but stumbled across Jennifer Scott on Instagram this month and thought "I want to read that again!". This is a cute little book about an American girl who studied abroad in Paris for a semester and the tips she learned about how to keep a "chic" home from her host family. It doesn't hurt that her host family was aristocratic and lived in a very swanky apartment in an equally swanky district in Paris. I like her tips on how to find the "chic" moments in our lives here in America. We may not have a view of the Eiffel Tower out our windows, but we can easily do some things around the house to make it feel a little more elegant and romantic without it even costing a cent. I don't take every single one of her tips quite so seriously, I think I'm a little more laid back than the author, but it is still a nice and easy read about how to make life at home feel more special. I give it an A. 

Have any of you read these books? I'd love to know your thoughts! Or any other books you'd recommend! Have a great weekend!

Linking up today with Erika for Friday Favorites.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Monthly Goals-- June 2019

Hi there! I am a little behind the curve in getting around to my monthly goals post seeing as it is already the 10th-- oops! But better late than never right?? Before we begin with the month of July, let's look at how June went:

Monday, July 8, 2019

Hilton Head Family Reunion 2019

Good morning and happy Monday! We just got back from our annual family reunion in Hilton Head Island, SC and we had a BLAST! I love all the quality family time we are able to get in and how much fun we all have together. Unfortunately I don't have nearly enough pictures, but the reason for that is because we were having too much fun to remember to stop and take pictures! Here are the few pictures I do have:
Friday, July 5, 2019

Our Trip to Steamboat Springs Part 2

Good morning and Happy Friday! Today I am wrapping up our trip to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. If you missed the first part of our trip, click here to read all about it. 

As I had said in the last post, we didn't do something major every single day, so I want to share with you some of the other fun things we did do while we were out there. I also want to share with you some of the places we ate at because they were delicious and I know I love a good restaurant recommendation when I visit new places.

As far as activities go:

One morning Devin and I decided to hike the ski mountain. We were huffing and puffing and climbed what felt like to the top, only to realize we were nowhere even close to the top. 
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Our Trip to Steamboat Springs Part 1

Good morning and happy almost 4th of July! I hope you all have some wonderful, fun plans with your family and friends to celebrate the 4th. It has always been one of my favorite holidays-- who can disagree with a holiday based around food, fireworks, and spending time outside?? Definitely not me! 

Before we begin I wanted to announce that the winner of the giveaway is Tanya W!! Tanya I will email you this morning so you can choose between a $50 Amazon gift card or a $50 Nordstrom gift card! Congratulations!

Today I am FINALLY getting around to my Colorado post, sorry it has taken me so long! We were in Colorado for a total of 11 days, but we didn't do anything "major" or "extraordinary" every single day because some of our days were just spent relaxing. I will share the highlights of our trip with you rather than a play-by-play since some of our days were more relaxation focused. 

Monday, July 1, 2019

What I've Been Priming

Hello and good morning from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina! We are here for our annual family reunion beach trip and I am loving spending some good time with family on the beach. Also, as selfish as it sounds, I am loving other people playing with my child while I chill and read a book. I know all you other moms understand!!

Today's post is my monthly Amazon Prime update and holy cow it has been another month of crazy purchasing! Get comfy ladies, my shopaholic tendencies are about to become veeeerrrryyy apparent. FYI I will announce the winner of last week's giveaway on Wednesday's post so come back!!

First thing I purchased this month has been this dress in both navy and green:
Friday, June 28, 2019

One Year Blogiversary Giveaway!

Good morning friends! This week officially marks my one year blogging anniversary! I will be completely honest with you... I wasn't sure I'd make it a full year. This was just a fun little hobby that helped to fill the time when I was bored, but I have honestly come to really love it!

My very first ever blog post was June 26th, 2018 and it was about the books I was reading at the time. Pretty fitting since I'm still such an avid reader and love my monthly book posts! In order to celebrate 1 year of blogging, I am going to do a $50 gift card giveaway to either Amazon or Nordstrom, whichever the winner chooses! Keep reading to enter below.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

What's Up Wednesday

Good Morning friends! This week officially marks my one year blogging anniversary and in order to celebrate I am doing a giveaway!
Nordstrom and Amazon are easily my two favorite places right now to shop so I figured what better way to celebrate my blog than to let a reader do a little shopping herself at one of my favorite places! The winner can choose which store they would like the gift card to. To enter the giveaway, click on the Rafflecopter at the bottom!

Monday, June 24, 2019

Bumpdate Week 27

Hiking in Colorado at 26 weeks
Good morning friends, it's time for another pregnancy update-- or bump date! Tomorrow begins the 3rd trimester and I cannot believe we are already here. 

Friday, June 21, 2019

Friday Favorites-- Summer Fashion Edition

Good Morning and happy Friday! It feels so good to be home from our trip and back into the swing of normal life. This weekend we are hosting some friends who are visiting from out of town and have a weekend filled with fun. I am looking forward to spending some good quality time with these friends I don't get to see very often!

Today I'm linking up with Erika for Friday Favorites and sharing some of my recent favorite fashion finds. Starting with this dress:
I initially found this dress through an influencer I follow named Chelsea (@Chelseaolivia13-- see below). I mean how adorable does she look in this dress?? And for less than $20!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Vacation Recovery Mode

Good morning friends! We just got back from our trip to Colorado last night and are hosting guests this weekend... so we are in the midst of grocery shopping/laundry/grass mowing/cleaning the house craziness! I promise to fill you in on the details of our trip over the next week or two, but in the meantime here are a few of our favorite pictures from the trip. See you back here on Friday!
Monday, June 17, 2019

A Day in the Life of Us

Good morning friends! It has been 6 months since our last "Day in the Life" post and these are some of my absolute favorites to look back on. Look at how tiny my sweet girl was almost a year ago at this time:

Friday, June 14, 2019

Friday Favorites-- Another Random Assortment

Good Morning and happy Friday! Our week feels a little off because we are still on vacation in Colorado. Vacation days all kinda feel like a Friday, right?
Before we get started today I wanted to remind you that there is still time to join the "Weekend Highlights" link up from Monday. I love learning more about the people who read my blog, so please feel free to link up with what you and your family have been up to. It'll be so nice to put a face with the names of you sweet readers!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Let's Look... Inside My Suitcase

Good morning! Today I am linking up for Let's Look and the theme is "Inside My Suitcase". This could not have come at a better time because we are currently on our first trip of the summer to Colorado. It was so easy to just snap some pictures as I packed!
Monday, June 10, 2019

Weekend Highlights

Good Morning and greetings from Colorado! Saturday morning our family woke up bright and early and headed to Steamboat Springs, Colorado for our first trip of the summer. I will fill you in on the details of our trip so far in a minute, but before we start, I want to remind you that today begins the first of the new link-up about Weekend Highlights. I love to read about what you all are doing over your weekends and figured the easiest way to get all of us together to catch up about our weekend was through a link-up! If you have a post about any of your recent weekend highlights, please add them to the link up at the bottom of this post. Can't wait to read them 😀

We have been super busy traveling this weekend so mine will be a quick post with many more pictures to come in the future.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Friday Favorites-- Book Edition-- May

Good morning and happy Friday!! I am officially on summer break and our first trip of the summer begins TOMORROW! Bright and early tomorrow morning we are headed to Steamboat Springs, Colorado and I am super pumped about it. I am looking forward to some hiking, "exploring" as Lily Grace calls it, and a lot of reading and relaxation. The perfect way to kick off summer!

Today I am linking up with Erika and instead of my typical Friday Favorites post, this week I am sharing the books I read in the month of May. Now, the books I read in May were good, but the books I read LAST month, were GREAT. If you are looking for some good summer reading books, I would check out my post about last month's books. You can not go wrong with any of them!