31 March 2015

Spring Fashion || Kid's Edition

About a week ago, I shared my personal fashion & beauty wish lists for spring and promised one for the kiddos in our life. I still can't entirely wrap my head around dressing Mallory in anything but functional play clothes (read : Do toddlers really wear white skinny jeans, sun dresses, maxi skirts, etc??) I think I've managed to find plenty of equally cute, practical pieces for toddler girls.  

Take a look at some things I have my eye on for Mallory!

toddler girl spring clothing
tank top || sun hat || rain jacket || shorts || swimsuit || jeans || jellies || rain boots || striped shoes

Baby boy fashion?! What??? Speaking of not being able to wrap my head around something...am I really shopping for BOY clothing?! In a few short weeks I will be dressing a BOY! Eeeeek! Before we hop into the baby boy fashion wish list, can we please talk about how many fewer clothing options there are for boys? I mean browsing through the baby/kids clothing sections in Target, it seems there are about 1/3 as many options for little boys as their are girls! I thought dressing boys was supposed to be easier... 

Regardless, here are some of the things I'd like to see baby Woody sporting during the warmer months this year.

baby boy spring clothing
baseball hat || gray bodysuit || camo shorts || shoes || jacket || t-shirt || swim trunks || sunglasses

Tell me, do you go for function over style for your little's clothing? And what's up with the boys section?!

shop the kid's looks here ::

26 March 2015

Sick & Lipstick Dupes

Hey heyyyy! We are passing around some kind of nasty bug here at our house. Mally kicked things off with a nice round of pink eye and some kind of stomach funk. Kyle was just a day behind her with the most vile stomach bug EVER and I'm bringing up the rear with a sweet head cold. My mom and sister have managed to dodge our symptoms for the most part but their luck may be running out. Dun dun dun dunnnnnn.

So, instead of blabbering any longer, I'm going to send you to my friend Kelsey's blog. Kelsey is on a  maternity leave of sorts, so she let me take over and share some of my favorite lipstick dupes! Make sure you stop by and let her know what some of your favorite dupes are! 

We are off to the third and final OB appointment for this week. Wish us luck! :)

25 March 2015

Springtime Nail Essentials

spring nail polish colors

A few months ago I shared my favorite nail colors for fall, then apparently completely skipped winter... Oops! I love marking the change in seasons with fresh, vibrant manicures! Pastels are going to be very "in" this spring, but can you ever really go wrong with a bold pink or coral?! I think not!

spring nail care

I also included some of my favorite, quick and easy nail care items. The key to a beautiful at home manicure is taking care of your hands/cuticles. Trimming your cuticles should be a rare occurrence, you minimize the need to trim them by keeping them nice and hydrated. 

Here is what I'm loving for nail care and my holy grail fast drying, glossy top coat ::

nail care must haves

On to the colorful spring line up!

Julep Summer Nail polish

OPI nail polish

essie spring nail polish
Essie "Lollipop" || Essie "Fiji" || Essie "Mint Candy Apple" || Essie "Tart Deco"

Out of the bunch, "mint candy apple" may just be my very favorite! It is such a unique and opaque shade. I vote that if you purchase anything from this post you grab "mint candy apple" and the cuticle oil -- it literally smells like heaven! OH! And definitely grab the Seche Vite top coat. Who has time to wait for their nails to dry? NOT I!

What shades do you reach for in the spring?

24 March 2015

Toddler Meals/Day in the Life

I've realized that it has been a hot minute since I addressed baby led weaning and how we are feed Mallory. In all reality, not too much has changed since that original post other than we are fresh out of breast milk. She pissed through her freezer supply of breast milk by the time she hit 13 months and hasn't looked back! 

Generally speaking, Mallory is an excellent eater. She doesn't turn her nose up at much and lets us know when she is hungry (pretty clearly I might add...) She does go through little day or two spells where we notice a little less of an appetite, but that's really our only complaint. 

Before I jump into her "typical day", just for reference, she is 17 months old and weighs 24 pounds. 

Ok. Ready? Let's do this! 

8am || Mallory wakes up and has a bottle of apx. 6 oz of cow's milk. 

8:30am || Breakfast #1. This is usually her largest breakfast and may be eggs & bacon, yogurt and cheerios, fruit, toast & peanut butter, french toast, etc.

8:45-9:30am || Playtime/read books!

9:30am || Breakfast #2. Usually leftovers from her first breakfast.

9:45-10:30 || Playtime/get dressed.

10:30am || Breakfast #3. This breakfast is usually a bit lighter. Maybe a granola bar, fruit, cheese, a mini bagel. More snack like before we head out to run whatever errands we have for the day. 

10:30am-12:30pm || Errands and an activity for Mallory. As you see on instagram, we frequent turf time and sometimes try to muscle through story time at the library...sometimes. I keep things like gold fish, veggie straws, cheerios and water on hand always. ALWAYS!

12:30-1pm || Lunch. A lot of times we eat lunch on the go. A peanut butter sandwich, lunch meat, cheese, fruit, oatmeal, etc are some of her regulars.

1-3pm || Mallory will usually take some sort of nap around this time. She may fall asleep in the car or doze for about an hour in her crib at home. Regardless, nap time is usually accompanied by another 6oz bottle of cow's milk.

3-5:30pm || Snack, read & play while I try to cook dinner and work around the house. Recently Mallory has really started to enjoy snacking on raisins and pretzels. 

5:30-7pm || Dinner happens sometime in this timeframe. Again, Mallory will eat whatever we are eating. We have made an effort to incorporate manageable levels of spice into her foods so she is not only used to them but enjoys them. I really focus on veggies for dinner since they don't regularly make an appearance in our breakfast or lunch. 

7:30-8:30pm || Bath/Bedtime                                                                     

Because we like to keep things simple around here, we really don't have too much "Mallory specific" tableware. Buuuuuutttt, the things we do use for her we absolutely love!

Here are some of our must haves for toddler grubbin' ::

one ||  Mallory drinks water throughout the live long day! (Thank goodness she finally learned how to say "wawer" instead of just pointing and yelling what we are sure were obscenities.) I love this Gerber Graduates cup! It keeps her water plenty cool (which I'm sure she appreciates, she just hasn't explicitly said so) and it doesn't leak! Mallory hasn't mastered the art of the "tilt and sip" style sippy cups, so its all straws all the time for this gal. The straw on this cup is soft and gummy and even a bit wider at the top so she can bite down easily to control the flow. Perfection!

two || Admitidly, we are kind of nearing the end of using all plastic flatware for Mallory. In the past month she has gotten three molars and seems ready for the big leagues with regard to her silverware. BUT, up until this point, we've sworn by this flatware set! She was able to use each utensil with relative ease...and managed to not stab anyone's eye out. Safety first! ha!

three || Somewhere along the way, Mallory became a bit of a bottle snot. She will only take Dr. Brown's Bottles the couple times a day she uses them. We've tried a variety of bottles with her, but she always refuses and acts like she's drowning -- guess she is a nipple level one lover for life!

four || I can't find the exact booster seat Mallory uses anywhere online, which makes sense since we purchased it at a thrift store for like $3. This one is pretty close though. Kyle and I were never big on the idea of having a high chair. They can be bulky and I kind of feel like they isolate the child from family meals around the table. Anyway, Mallory uses her booster seat all day long and we don't have any complaints.

five || Mallory has made a habit out of dumping her bowls of food on the floor to share with the dogs... She thinks it's hysterical, mom and dad are less amused. These little suction bowls make dumping a far more cumbersome task. These babies will suction hard and fast to anything plastic, perfect for keeping the snack time mess to a minimum!

six || We almost always keep this Camelbak water bottle in the car for Mallory. Kyle and I both drink out of Camelbak bottles during hikes and stuff, so it seemed fitting that we get her hooked on them early. Also, this was the first bottle that Mallory was able to drink out of on her own! Logical? Probably not, but this is allll about trial and error.

That's it! Pretty simple stuff, right?

I have to admit, I mostly wanted to jot down what our "post breast milk" life has looked like before we jump back into the land of lactation for my own future reference. (#sorry!) But maybe, just maybe the mom of a younger child can pull a little insight from this. ;)

Does Mally's diet look anything like your 17/18 month old's? Are we totally weird? 

I was sent the Tri Suction Bowls & Insulated Easy Straw Cup by NUK USA in exchange for my review. As always, all opinions are my own. 

19 March 2015

Spring Wish List (s)

Is it spring yet?! We've officially reached that awkward point here in Alaska where we are abandoning all hope for the fluffy white stuff and just want spring to hurry it on up! In Alaska, "spring" is a bit different than in other places in the US. Our spring is short, cool and soggy, but we LOVE it all the same. My current bed rest situation as freed up far too many hours to shop online. Suffice it to say, my wish lists are out. of. control! I thought I would give you a little flavor of the things I've been gravitating towards for this upcoming spring--both fashion and beauty. 

Lets start with the fashion. I will be lugging around a newborn and a toddler this spring, so comfort and function are key. I'm excited to get my groove back and wear things that are a little bit more fitted to motivate me to get my booty in gear! Most of the pieces I've been picking can work in just about every season depending on how they are styled. More bang for my buck? Yes please!

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You're shocked to see a beauty wish list of mine that is full of lip products, aren't you? ;) I already have quite the extensive MAC lipstick wish list going on, but these two colors just scream spring to me, so they are jumping to the top. All of the other products are things I've never owned before, but my favorite gurus absolutely sing their praises sooo... Ok fine, I haven't actually heard too much about the Dolce & Gabbana lip gloss, but the color is stunning and...does G&B ever do it wrong

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Stay tuned for A Spring Wish List Kid's Edition and don't forget the Nordstrom Triple Points Event is going on now through the 22nd! (See my Nordstrom picks here.)

What are you wishing for this spring? 
Happy Wednesday!

17 March 2015

An Engagement Story

Welcome back! In case you missed part 1 of our love story, you can read it here!

Before I get into the actual engagement I have to paint you a picture of Kyle's state of mind during the months leading up to his proposal...

Like I said, Kyle and I had been discussing our future together. We knew marriage was in the cards for us but the timeline was a bit more ambiguous. Of course, Kyle had already committed to the Army and I had not the slightest clue as to what my post cancer career options would look like now that the Army was out of the picture for me. During a conversation at the end of his junior year, Kyle said something like "when we move to Benning after graduation, blah blah." Woahhhh. Is this guy under the impression that I'm going to prance around the country with him just you know, for funsies?! 

I spent a couple of days mulling over what he said. I certainly didn't want to give him "an ultimatum"- I was in no hurry to get married. Buuuut I also wasn't comfortable uprooting my own life to follow him wherever the Army would take him without a more formal commitment. Don't get me wrong, I was 100% willing to do long distance.  So, after meticulous contemplation I decided to poetically tell Kyle how I felt. It came out like this. "I love you. However, I'm not going to move with you unless we are engaged or married. A long distance relationship is completely fine too!" I have such a way with words... ;)

Kyle of course, a poet himself, immediately asked "well how long does it take to plan a wedding?" I told him it depended on what we wanted to do, but usually about 9 months. Kyle said "what the hell?! This is the shit they should be teaching you in school! We needed to get engaged like three months ago then!!" 
And so the ring shopping began...
We did look at engagement rings together, but ultimately Kyle picked out my ring on his own. I figured he wouldn't be able to surprise me with a proposal because, well, spending lots of money hurts his soul. haha! But sure enough, I had no idea when he purchased my ring! He even held on to it for weeks before asking me to marry him!
Anyway, one evening in August 2010, I had just gotten home from work and Kyle suggested we take the dogs for a walk downtown Knoxville, by the river. This wasn't terribly abnormal, it was one of our favorite places to walk the dogs and one of our first running routes together. On the drive to the river, Kyle wasn't nervous or acting strange, he was just in a great mood! 

Once we got to the river and had been walking for a minute, we stopped at some bench swings. Again, not abnormal. We sat down and Kyle whips out his wallet....and removes the most beautiful ring ever...from the cash envelope section. If you know Kyle, this is so him! No ring box. Just rolling around with a diamond ring in his wallet. :) He said marriage proposal-y things and of course I agreed. 

Kyle and I are pretty private people, so a public or grandiose proposal isn't our style. He kept things simple, meaningful and true to our lives -- perfect for us! I was so happy he thought to bring our dogs with us on this special night. Schatzi is such an important part of my life, and LT made our little family, whole.

We totally lingered on that bench. Just the four of us, soaking up the moment, talking and fantasizing about whats to come. The wedding, moving, babies, nursing homes... the whole nine! I have no idea how long we walked and talked that night, but it was absolutely perfect! When we made it back to the car I called my parents to tell them our news, only to find out they kind of knew all along! Well, they knew Kyle had a ring and planned to propose, but didn't know when it was going to happen. (Note: Kyle did not ask my parent's "permission" to marry me, because no! No, no, no! But he did tell them what he was cooking up. ;) His parents knew too.)

No more cliff hangers, you can read part 3, our wedding story here!
All photos from this post were taken by Jennie Andrews Photography

13 March 2015

A Love Story

Alright, since our third wedding anniversary is coming up, I'm going to use you as my guinea pig. I need to practice sharing the condensed "family friendly" version of the story of me and Kyle. [We met in college ok?!] 

Lets do this!

I was a sophomore who had just transferred from The University of Arizona to The University of Tennessee and was in the Army ROTC program. Kyle was a freshman, also in the ROTC program. One morning at PT, a mutual friend walked me up to a hungover, passed out seated, sleepy Kyle. He said "yo Woody, this is Amanda" to which Kyle peered up and gave me the head nod. It was love at first site. Haaaaaaaa just kidding!

Over the course of the next several weeks we would see each other at ROTC stuff and around our mutual friends, but that was really it. Ok fine, we hung out a couple of times at my apartment. (For real "hung out"-- not hook up hang out...promise!) I had just gotten out of a long relationship and Kyle was still in one which meant nothing romantic was in the cards for either of us at the time. Kyle and his girlfriend eventually broke up and Kyle began life as a partier, class skipper, wild child college freshman. During this time, my roommates decided that Kyle was the guy for me. I'm talking there were "Team Kyle" posters created... I wasn't convinced. At all. AT. ALL. I even nick named him Crazy Kyle because I thought he was so out of control! At one point he told me, and I quote "I will never ever get married." Woo me baby. Woo me hard.

Then cancer happened

After my diagnosis I withdrew from The University of Tennessee, was medically discharged from the Army and moved home to receive treatment. Unbeknownst to me, this was the beginning of the rest of my life, in an amazing way! Kyle sent me emails and text messages regularly throughout treatment to check on me and make sure I was doing ok. Anytime I visited my roommates at UT he was sure to stop by. He never let me go, even though I wasn't always the most receptive of his efforts. As treatment wound down, Kyle was the first person I wanted to talk to after I gave myself my very last shot. He became the person I needed to see whenever I made the trip to Knoxville. Maybe this guy was something special after all...

One of the things that I was so drawn to about Kyle is that he was always very, very straight forward. I never had to question his feelings about me. He made sure I knew exactly where his head was. (Three years into our marriage I'm realizing that can be freaking annoying... KIDDING! Kind of.) It wasn't long after my treatment ended that Kyle and I started dating exclusively. Things got serious quite quickly. Just a month into our relationship we met each other's families and most importantly, he passed the Schatzi test with flying colors! ;)Then Kyle went to off to Airborne School. During Airborne School I made the 8 hour drive to visit him twice. (Twice?! In three weeks??! Come on Amanda...) It was during his time at Airborne School that we exchanged the first "I love you."

Ok. This is Ranger School graduation. I can't find any photos from Airborne School. #wifeoftheyear

Just a month or so after that, we really started to talk about a future together.

To be continued...

11 March 2015

Houndstooth and Hunters

stitch fix houndstooth vest

adjustable back hunters

stitch fix houndstooth vest

houndstooth vest maternity

You know you're in your third trimester when you feel the need to change out of full panel leggings when you get home because they feel too much like "real pants." Lord have mercy! Apart from leggings, another little maternity fashion "hack"  I've been loving is pairing everything with a fun vest. I think it draws the eye up rather than emphasizing the fact that you are wearing leggings as pants. A print like houndstooth adds a pop of interest to the top half of your body.

I've also been living in my Hunters since I purchased them a couple of weeks ago. All the rage...is correct. Clearly I'm slow to pull the trigger on the pricey cult favorites (ie. Clarisonic and Hunters) but damn it if I haven't wished I'd bought them sooner. They are so comfortable and versatile! Love them!

Vest || Stitch Fix (similar here & here)
Sweater || Forever 21 (old) (love this one)
Leggings || Stitch Fix (similar herehere)
Boots || Nordstrom
Handbag || Michael Kors (old) (love this one!)
Watch || Nordstrom
Bracelet || Groopdealz

shop the look ::
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