His & Her’s Date Night In
  • July 19, 2017
  • Food
  • This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #ServeWithACoke #Jewel #CollectiveBias

    Last week our AC went out (welcome to homeowner life!). We knew when we bought our house we’d likely have to replace the AC at some point so it didn’t come as a big surprise. Of course replacing something that large is never fun though. Without AC our house was steamy and there was no way I was turning on the oven. Luckily Jewel-Osco is down the street and their ready to serve meals featuring Jewel chicken are great for a date night in.His & Her's Date Night InThe signature meals include your choice of fried or rotisserie chicken, a side and the option to add Gold Peak® Tea for $0.99. The option of fried or rotisserie is great for us because Brett can get his fried chicken fix and I love their rotisserie chickens. It’s the perfect his and her’s date night in! I typically pick up fresh fruit while I’m at Jewel to make a salad (#pregnancycraving) and of course I can’t resist stealing a few of Brett’s fries!

    Gold Peak Tea goes with everything, but especially chicken. There is something about iced tea paired with chicken that is so “summery”. Anyone else feel this way? I’ve been drinking a lot of Gold Peak Tea because now that I can’t drink, it’s a refreshing change from my usual water or sparkling water.

    Brett swears that Jewel has some of the best fried chicken in the city (and this article agrees with him). I’m happy to stick with my rotisserie chicken, using it to make a pesto chicken salad. It’s so simple to make – about 1/2 cup of mayo, a little salt and pepper, a scoop of pesto and some fresh basil from our garden. I served it on a fresh croissant  that I also picked up at Jewel. His & Her's Date Night InHis & Her's Date Night In His & Her's Date Night In His & Her's Date Night In His & Her's Date Night In His & Her's Date Night In His & Her's Date Night In His & Her's Date Night In His & Her's Date Night In His & Her's Date Night InCreate your own delicious summer meal with Jewel Signature Meals and Gold Peak Tea. You’ll have dinner on the table in no time, leaving you more time to enjoy the summer! His & Her's Date Night InHis & Her's Date Night In

    It’s A Girl!
  • July 17, 2017
  • Baby · Life
  • It’s official, baby G is a girl! I was 100% convinced that we were having a boy so I was completely shocked when we cut into the donut cake and saw it’s a girl. Brett on the other hand thought for sure it would be a girl. I think I was more surprised to find out we were having a girl than when we found out we were pregnant.

    I really wanted the gender reveal to be a fun surprise for our families, but I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to do it.Twigs and Twirls provided us with the sweetest gender reveal party decor, but  I still couldn’t figure out how to do the actual reveal. Brett doesn’t really like cake and I knew popping a balloon would terrify Riggins. We both love donuts so I had the idea to call Firecakes and ask them to make a gender reveal donut cake. They said they could make a 3-layer donut cake and fill it with either raspberry or blueberry cream. I love how it turned out and we all enjoyed digging in after the gender reveal. You can’t go wrong with Firecakes Donuts!

    When we had our 20 week ultrasound last week I was so nervous I would accidentally see the gender. Of course I really had no idea what to look for so it was highly unlikely but I still didn’t want to risk it. Again, after we picked up the cake I thought for sure I would drop it or ruin the surprise some other way. I actually made Brett carry it up our stairs from the garage because I didn’t trust myself. I’m still surprised the secret didn’t get out before we cut the cake.

    Now that we know the gender I can’t wait to start planning the nursery and of course buying all the little baby girl clothes! It's A Girl gender reveal It's A Girl gender reveal It's A Girl gender reveal It's A Girl gender reveal It's A Girl gender reveal It's A Girl gender reveal It's A Girl gender reveal It's A Girl gender reveal It's A Girl gender reveal It's A Girl gender reveal It's A Girl gender reveal It's A Girl gender revealit's a girl gender reveal

    dressballoons / cake topper / tassel garland

    Black Embroidered Dress
  • July 13, 2017
  • Style
  • Hello and happy Thursday! Today’s post is a quick one because this week has been a doozy. Between playing catch up at work and a couple dinners and happy hours after work it’s flown by. This black embroidered dress is on sale for almost 50% off though so I wanted to share it with y’all before it sells out. I picked it up right before we left for Bermuda thinking it would be great for casual dinners. I love the embroidery detail, t-back straps and of course the pockets. This is the kind of dress I have a feeling I’ll be wearing a lot this summer! black embroidered dressblack embroidered dress black embroidered dress black embroidered dress black embroidered dress black embroidered dress

    dress / earrings / sandals (similar)

    6 Reasons To Take A Babymoon
  • July 11, 2017
  • Baby
  • Brett and I have been back from our babymoon for a couple days now and I am still on a vacation high. We have had the opportunity to take a lot of special trips together, but I know this one will always rank high on my list of best vacations.babymoonThis babymoon couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m almost to the halfway point in my pregnancy and I’ve come home feeling so motivated to get ready for baby G! Today I’m doing things a little differently and I’ve asked Brett to contribute to the post. Today we’re sharing 10 reasons why taking a babymoon is a good idea.

    From Me
    Up until this point I haven’t done much to prepare for baby. As I mentioned above, I’ve come home feeling motivated to get our house and lives ready though. I’m starting to make a list of everything we need to do do before December. It’s a little overwhelming, but I know we have the time.

    This may make me sound a little crazy, but I’ve been feeling less than confident with my body. Don’t get me wrong, I’m incredibly grateful we’re pregnant, but I wasn’t prepared for things to start changing so quickly. I swear my butt and thighs, areas I’ve always been self conscious of, have been growing much more quickly than my belly. I guess it took being around other pregnant women to realize that this is all completely normal. I’m feeling much more comfortable with all the changes, I still don’t want anyone touching my belly though!

    I’ll aways cherish the time Brett and I have had together and the trips we’ve been able to take. A few highlights have been getting engaged in Jamaica, our honeymoon in the Bahamas and road tripping across the Pacific Northwest. It’s so strange to think that we only have one more planned trip before we become a family of three. I know we’ll continue to take trips just the two of us, but they won’t be as often obviously. Even now we’re always asking my parents for updates on Riggins so I can only imagine what it will be like once there’s a baby involved.

    From Brett 
    Having a baby is stressful, especially when you had trouble getting pregnant as we did. It’s nice to get away and not worry about these things.

    It’s important to have one last trip together as a couple. We have always loved visiting new islands in the Caribbean. I’m glad we were able to explore Bermuda before the baby comes.

    I want our baby to have a love for traveling. The baby had their first international trip, no passport required!