November 23, 2015

Menu Monday

Hi all!  I feel like sooooo many things have happened since we last chatted!    Besides the obvious new little person that now resides with us, we have been keeping busy and tackling life with two kiddos head on.  So far, so good!

September 11, 2015

Catching up...

Hi all!

Long time, no blogging!  We obviously have been suuuuper busy with baby showers, toddler life and getting ready for a newborn!  Here are a few pics of our life over the last month:

August 4, 2015

Menu Tuesday

This weekend was so much fun!  We headed north to my mom's house on the river for an adorable Baby Book Brunch Sprinkle thrown by my Aunt Janie.

OMB - Baby Needs: Round 2

I'm blogging over on the Orlando Moms Blog site today sharing fun and easy sprinkle ideas for Baby #2. Check it out here!

July 21, 2015

Menu Tuesday

Hi all!

Our weekend was a good one!  It was low key, laid back and just plain fun.

Saturday we hung out, ran some errands while Mike worked for a bit and then tried out a cute new restaurant near our house for a fun lunch out.

July 15, 2015

Back to Life, Back to Reality!

We're back from our Carolina adventure and back to reality!  We had a blast visiting our friends and family and I will have a recap coming soon (I promise!).

Dry Falls - Highlands, NC

June 30, 2015

Menu Tuesday

Howdy!  I am just checking in quickly before we leave for our Carolina adventure!  We are taking off for some R & R and are so excited about spending the 4th of July weekend with our friends Leigh and Kevin (and their two boys) in Charlotte before making our way to South Carolina to spend some time with my dad.  We both love the Carolina area (both North and South) and can't wait to do some exploring.  I'm sure I will be bombarding Facebook and Instagram with all of our adventures.  Stay tuned!

As for this weekend, we braved the heat and headed to Sea World for a bit on Saturday before making our way to a weekend cookout with friends.  It was brutally warm, but we had a blast and Everett loved seeing all of the animals.

June 24, 2015

Menu ....

It's summer, and some days I don't even know what day it is!  Since I very rarely let go and not really worry about things like that, it is actually nice once in a while to look at my calendar have to actually figure out what day of the week it is.  Today is one of those days.

I have had this post ready to go with pictures since Sunday night, but just haven't gotten around to writing until now, ahem, Wednesday!  Eek!

This weekend we had a blast celebrating our friend Caleb's first birthday and hanging out at "Aunt Susie's" pool.  I don't know if Everett has ever been so tired in his life after a party and 3+ hours of jumping in and out of the pool.  He was absolutely spent!

June 19, 2015

The Great Room Swap - Everett's Funky Digs

I can honestly say that I LOVE decorating nurseries and toddler rooms (I would probably love tween/teen as well, but haven't gotten to that point...yet).  I love not having a theme and figuring out ways to use pieces of furniture that can grow with them and last for years and years.

Below was my initial inspiration board when we were deciding what to do for Everett's big boy room.  I can honestly say that after a pretty big meltdown regarding the duvet change (I'm sure pregnancy hormones didn't help the situation), I have come to love his room even more than I initially did.  In fact, I really want to move in to his is that cool.  Honestly.

June 17, 2015

Menu Wednesday

Hi all!  So glad to be back with you after a bit of a hiatus and I have so many blog posts coming up to share.  

We have been pretty busy with summer in general, summer camp, nursery decorating and just plain everyday life.  E seems to be growing exponentially each and every day and I can't believe I'm already in my third trimester with this baby girl.  Time really does fly.

May 27, 2015

Menu Wednesday

What.a.weekend.  If I had one word to explain the events that took place around our house it would be a simple four letter word....

May 20, 2015

Dollar Decor - ABC

It's no secret that I LOOOOOVE the Target Dollar Bin.  It's by far one of my favorite places to find unexpected treasures.  Sometimes it can be hit or miss, but last weekend it was definitely a hit out of the park!  

May 18, 2015

Menu Monday

What a great weekend we had!  We didn't really do anything spectacular, but had a low-key relaxing weekend that was just what the doctor ordered.

May 12, 2015

OMB - New Post!

Morning!  I am blogging over on the Orlando Moms Blog site today and dishing out the scoop on the fabulous Southern Hill Farms in Clermont.  If you want a great place for u pick blueberries then check this article's not too late, there are a few weeks left in the season!

May 11, 2015

Menu Monday

Happy belated Mother's Day to all of you amazing moms out there!  We had a fabulous weekend filled with lots of fun had with friends and our own little family of 3 (well, I guess 3 1/2!)

May 9, 2015

My Top 5 - Toddler Gear

Here are (in my opinion) a few things that make our lives a little bit easier with a toddler running around.  Check it out!

May 7, 2015

You go, girl!

Fun, flirty and feminine.  Those are the three words that have inspired me in planning our new nursery for our little GIRL.  It is still so surreal to say that!

One of my favorite things to do in planning stages is to make an inspiration/mood board to see how everything looks together.  I used Microsoft Publisher and Pic Monkey to make this one and am so proud of how it came out.

Details on each number are listed below.  Enjoy!

May 6, 2015

New Digs

It's about that time to start talking about one of my favorite topics...decorating!

We are in the process of cleaning out every corner, nook and cranny in our house to get ready for "The Great Swap Out" (I kind of feel like I am living in a real-life episode of Hoarders, Burried Alive at the moment)!  I looooove being creative and creating spaces (especially for the little ones) that are fun, colorful and most importantly functional.

Everett's Toddler Room Transition:

May 4, 2015

Menu Monday

Happy Monday!

We had a fun, hard-working, yet relaxing weekend at my mom's house on the St. John's River.  Her river cottage is located on a little slice of land heaven in East Palatka where the views never seem to disappoint.

April 29, 2015

Bumpdate - 20 Weeks

Welcome to the second installation of my Bumpdate..."bump update"...get it?  It thought it was pretty clever.    If you missed the first one you can click here to get the 411 on all of those crazy pregnancy questions you know you want answered!

Here are a few more questions that people have recently wanted answered...

April 28, 2015

Menu Tuesday

What a week!  There are sooo many fun things to report on that happened last week; from being featured on a local news story, to finding out the gender of our new little one to revealing it with my class, to planning the new nursery.

I plan on doing a few specialized posts about all of the above, but until then, here are a few snippets:

Thursday I was featured on a Channel 6 story about making your own skin care products at home.  More info to follow on this, but I had a blast with Tara, the producer, as she and a camera crew came to our house and taped me playing around with food.  What more could a girl ask for?  I loved it!

April 21, 2015

Menu Tuesday

What a great weekend!  

We had a blast with berries, buddies and beautiful weather.  Here are a few snapshots of our time at Southern Hill Farms (more detail about the farm coming in an Orlando Moms Blog post soon!).  Now to get busy making some new recipes with the 5 lbs. of berries we took home.  Eeeek!


April 15, 2015

Dollar Decor - Kiddo Edition

Of course the inspiration for this post comes from where else?  Pinterest!  It's funny.  I kind of have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest.  

I love to look, gather ideas, plan and flat out day dream when looking at Pinterest boards.  I love taking ideas and running with them and then creating something original and unique from that initial starting point.  I don't love how much time I spend pinning those said ideas sometimes and/or making an exact replica of anything I see.  I will even try to tweak recipes so they aren't exactly the same.  It's just one of my pet peeves.

This dollar decor idea however, is 100% customizable and can be used in hundreds of ways (see the bottom of this post for more useful ideas).  With Nursery #2 on my mind lately, I am always looking for inexpensive, yet creative wall art.  This teacher friendly website hit both dead on.

April 13, 2015

Menu Monday

Wow!  What a difference a week makes!  Last Saturday morning we were bundled up hunting Easter eggs in 30 degree weather and this weekend we were at the beach with temps reaching close to 90!  Everett enjoyed both equally; as long as he's outside, he's a happy camper no matter what the event or temperature!

April 10, 2015

OMB - New Post!

Hi all!  I am blogging over on the Orlando Moms Blog today and sharing our experiences at the spectacular Lake Meadow Naturals farm in Ocoee.  Check it out by clicking here!

Photo courtesy of Orlando Moms Blog website

March 29, 2015

Fabulous Find - Sugarbuzz Dezert Company

I love surprises.  

Last week as I was taking my students out to car line one of the moms just asked me, "What is your favorite cookie?"  Now, to a pregnant lady, those words are amazing.  

March 23, 2015

Menu Monday

What.a.weekend!  If you thought last weekend was jam-packed (which I did) this weekend was that and more.   Our original plan for the weekend a while back was to go camping.  My mom had been planning on coming down to watch E (twist her arm) anyway, and we just thought we would have a low key weekend visiting, shopping and watching March Madness since our camping plans fell through.  Well, we did do all of that, and much, much more.  

Saturday we started with breakfast at Panera and a trip to Lake Meadow Naturals in Ocoee to gather eggs for the week.  It's such a quaint little place and we love to take E every once in a while to experience farm life  - even if just for a quick trip to the hen house.  My mom had never been, and I was so excited to show her around.

March 20, 2015

Sweet Shortcut

As I have said many, many times before; I am all about weeknight shortcuts when it comes to cooking.  I love to cook, don't get me wrong, but once in a while I enjoy taking the easy yet still semi-homemade way out.

March 19, 2015

Bumpdate - 14 Weeks

Welcome to my first bump update!  Below are a few of my most FAQ regarding "the new kid" as Mike likes to say.  Enjoy!

Not quite sure what my face is doing!?!?

March 17, 2015

Get Lucky...Again!

Hi all and Happy St. Patty's Day!  I guess I can blame this post on pregnancy cravings, my love for anything mint, or the fact that I can't drink green beer today; but whatever the case may be, I thought it would be fun to re-post a recipe from 3 years ago in honor of all the Leprechauns out there.  

Erin go bragh!

March 16, 2015

Menu Monday

Hi all and Happy Monday!  We had a non-stop weekend (more non-stop than usual) and are all pretty tired this morning...but a good tired.

March 11, 2015

Big News!

Thanks to all who have commented, called and texted about our big news we revealed on Facebook over the weekend.  We are over the moon excited for Baby A part deux and can't wait to watch Everett become a big brother.

March 7, 2015

Apple Carrot Bread

Good morning!  In case you were just itching for a yummy, moist breakfast bread to whip up this morning I thought I would share my latest creation (adapted from this recipe by Averie Eats) that was a hit at our house. 
It’s packed full of yumminess – apples, carrots, nuts and dried fruit; and is sweet and chewy.  Think trail mix in bread form – speaking of, dark chocolate chips would be perfect in this as well.  Hmmmmm….
At any rate, this version is pretty spectacular.  Try it out!


March 6, 2015

FF–Mixing Metals

“Make new friends,
but keep the old.
One is silver,
the other is gold.”
-Author Unknown

The inspiration for this post actually comes from my love of my engagement rings/wedding bang trio.  I still, everyday, look down at my hand and smile.  I love it.


March 5, 2015



After about a month of getting everything set up and squared away, I am happy and honored to report that I officially have my first blog up on the Orlando Moms Blog.  Thanks to my friend Elizabeth Warren for recommending me, I am so excited to contribute to this awesome blog along with other amazing women.  Enjoy!

March 3, 2015


I have had many requests to recap and add a little bit of detail to Everett’s 2nd birthday celebration held a few weeks back and I am happy to oblige.  So, without further ado, here are some snippets from our day-o-fun (I didn’t get as many pics as usual, it’s hard to be the hostess and photographer!).
We actually had E’s birthday party about a week and a half before his actual birthday.  Our family from Wisconsin was in town and we were excited to share the day with them.  We also decided to have his party mid-afternoon on a Sunday vs. Saturday.  I know our Saturdays are usually booked for months in advance and with the great turnout, it seemed that Sunday worked best for most of our guests.


March 2, 2015

Menu Monday

Why do weekends go by so fast?  This past weekend absolutely flew and I am already counting the minutes until the next one!
This weekend we found ourselves traveling to Merritt Island with Lynn and Tuller for a coed Baby-Q honoring our friends Marze and Travis.  They are due in about a month with their first baby boy, Jaxson Cole.  The shower was so much fun.  There were TONS of good food and drink options as well as a plethora of gifts for the new parents (goodness knows you need them all with your first baby!).


February 23, 2015

Menu Monday

Well, another weekend is in the books, and another week is upon us.  I can officially say that my countdown to Spring Break is on - 5 weeks and counting!  Until then, we will continue loving this gorgeous weather and all that the outside has to offer until it gets too, too hot.
This past Saturday we were super busy  Mike was busy helping facilitate and put on the 15th Annual Orlando Wetlands Festival at Fort Christmas Historical Park.  He was up and at ‘em before the sun was up and then E and I went to visit and check out the shenanigans later on.  The festival was packed, as usual, and the vendors were great as well.
Everett got to touch an alligator and a rat snake (yuck), got to see a bald eagle up close and of course play on the playground.  He had a blast and I was pretty proud of my guy for helping out with such a great event.


February 17, 2015

Menu Tuesday

Howdy!  I hope everyone is having a great week so far.  We are rained in at the moment (I guess better than snow) and “cold” winter weather is headed our way…thankfully only for the next three days.  Then we are back in the 70s for the weekend…yippeee!
Below are our weekend funsies over the past two weekends followed by a delicious menu at the end – enjoy!

Two weekends ago I don’t even remember what we did on that Saturday, but I do know we had a Sunday Funday that was packed full!  We started out at KeKe’s Breakfast Café for some good eats with our friends.  6 adults and 4 kids (two 2 year olds, a 1 year old and 3 month old).  We made it happen, although the busboy probably wasn’t loving us when we left – it was a bit of a mess as you can imagine.  But the food was delish and the company, of course, was unbeatable.

January 16, 2015

FF–Check Check

I love gingham.  I think it is the quintessential definition of a timeless pattern.  You just can’t go wrong it…however you can go a little bit out on a limb with it. 
Most people, when wearing gingham, treat it as the “patterned print” in the outfit and pair it with a solid, which in itself is an amazingly classy look.  However if you want to take it up a notch, try using your gingham piece as the neutral and pair it with different patterns for an appealing and interesting combination.
Here are a few of my attempts at mixing and matching from this past week:

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         Marona Shirt via Target $22   Buffalo Plaid via Old Navy $15

January 12, 2015

Menu Monday

Happy Monday everybody!  As I sit here listening to the pouring down rain, it makes me so thankful for the beautiful weather we had this weekend (Saturday to be specific) that allowed us to trek all around College Park for a BYKA (Bring Your Kid Along) Pub Crawl!
We met up at Jenny and Jeremy’s house around lunchtime, loaded the Bobs (strollers) and started out on foot.  We were celebrating Jeremy’s 34th birthday and had a blast.  The kiddos were troopers and looked pretty cute with their glasses, too.


January 6, 2015

Menu Monday…err Tuesday

Happy New Year everybody!  I honestly can’t believe it’s already 2015 and Everett will be turning 2 in less than a month.  Holy moly.  We had a spectacular time last week chilling out, watching the Badgers win at the Outback Bowl and getting some quality family time in before I headed back to work yesterday (can you say t-i-r-e-d today!?!?).