A magical summer afternoon in Austin: a light breeze is blowing, the sound of a flowing stream brings instant calm and the warm sun kisses my skin. A dip in the water with nothing but trees on the horizon is oh-so-good for the soul – and this tired mama could use a dose of nature to revive and reset. I sit on a rock with the water rushing around me, my eyes lightly closed and for a moment I am completely present. Listening, breathing, listening, breathing. I make a promise to myself that I’ll do this more often…
Okay so I am clearly delayed in getting this post up! BUT lots of this stuff is still fantastic, even with Jude turning five months tomorrow (omg WHERE has the time gone?!). But for those of you with lil babes around this age, I hope you find these things super helpful! As of right now, the only thing on this list we’re currently no longer using is the #1, the Ollie Swaddle (now that Jude can roll over, our swaddling days are done!). Everything else is still high up on Jude’s list of favorites. Let’s get to it!
There’s no shortage of Tex Mex food in Austin. And while I love it (chips and queso are my weakness), sometimes I want something a little more on the healthy side.
That’s where this salad comes in. It’s filled to the brim with fresh vegetables, yet it still satisfies those inevitable Tex Mex cravings. The quinoa makes it surprisingly filling, and the dressing is divine. If you happen to have leftovers of the dressing (which I doubt you will), save it for dipping raw vegetables into. Plus, the salad saves really well, so you could easily meal prep it for lunches throughout the week!
If there’s one color that screams summer, it’s certainly that pretty peachy pink! It looks great on every skin tone, feels ultra feminine and can be paired with just about any other color (…and y’all know I love my cognac accessories…what a combo!). Peach just feels warm and inviting, it’s the perfect pop in a summer outfit. For my latest Trunk Club order, I wanted pieces that could take me from a sunny day around Austin to a warm weather getaway – and per usual, my stylist totally nailed it! Not going to lie, shopping these days can seem overwhelming when I’ve got a tight schedule (…my windows to shop at the mall are between naps and feedings…not to mention Jude normally sleeps ON me haha…doesn’t make trying on clothing in-store easy…or even possible, ha!). Between minimal time to myself and so many pieces to look at (shorts, tops, dresses, shoes, bags…where do I even begin when I’ve got 20 minutes?!), Trunk Club is the easiest and most enjoyable way for me to shop…
My how time flies! Our little guy is already four months old! Actually…as I write this, he’s 4.5 months old now (ah!). We’ve been busy bees over here with Jude. He’s rolling over, discovered his hands (and he would tell you they’re delicious), has graduated from the Solly wrap and we’re not onto our Ergo carrier (…and my back is thanking me for this haha), and he’s got a new sleep routine! As for me, motherhood has gotten significantly better than since I last wrote about it (in this post) – the baby blues are long gone (though I still have my cry-from-stress moments at times…Jude continues to hate the car…!), I’m more confident in living by my “mother’s intuition” and have been embracing that voice in my head and feeling in my gut, and overall just feel like I’m “out of the fog” so-to-speak as our new normal has set in and is here to stay – and it’s been so much fun!
Last week I asked my Instagram readers what questions they’d like for me to answer about motherhood, postpartum, and our journey with Jude over the last 4-months…so here we go!
My current daydream on repeat lately: basking in the sun, a chilled glass of sauvignon blanc in hand (omg yes), the soothing sound of waves crashing and that “ooh I look good” feeling in a swimsuit that hugs you in all the right places. Grab your cat-eye sunnies, pull your hair into a top knot, add a turban-style silk scarf and sip that wine in style. And while this Amalfi Coast-inspired daydream might actually be a neighborhood-kiddie-pool-one-piece-ball-cap-workout-shorts-iced-coffee-by-the-gallon kinda reality, a girl can dream, right? 😉 Sharing 12 adorable swimsuits that’ll make you feel like a million bucks this summer…whether you’re in vacay mode or #realreality mode. From pretty prints (florals, rainbow, polka dots) to feminine silhouettes (high rise, dainty straps, ruffles), it’s time to enjoy the summer sunshine in any of these darling suits.
PS. So many of these are on super sale right now! one (60% off), three (under $50), four (50% off), six (50% off!!), eleven (reversible!)
Which one is your favorite? I’ve got my eye on two & eight…sucker for a high rise swimmie…and gingham is always so timeless!
Last weekend Blake and I (…and Jude!) woke up early to enjoy a morning at the Farmer’s Market. We grabbed yummy local coffee (y’all…my mocha latte was $2.50! Unheard of in Austin, ha), scooped up some freshly picked wildflowers and chatted with the sweet vendors about their beautiful fruit and veggie assortments. It was such a lovely morning and made my heart super happy, as it felt like an “old Austin” type of outing. (Meaning, it didn’t feel “trendy” – it was genuinely pleasant). Jude quickly fell asleep in the front pack, so Blake and I had a mini morning date and got to reminisce about Austin and our childhoods in this city. The types of things we did with our parents as kiddos and weekend traditions we want to create with our own little family. We both love all the outdoorsy things Austin has to offer and fondly remember family days filled with local swimming holes, snow cone stands and mini festivals that popped up throughout the city. Walking around the farmer’s market together felt a lot like those special times!
It’s officially hot and sticky here in Austin, which means cool, delicious cocktails, late afternoon dips in Barton Springs, and light summer reads to keep you company! My reading habits throughout the year have so much to do with the seasons. That may sound weird, but as soon as winter hits I gravitate toward darker stories set in snowy towns or, if I’m being completely honest, yet another reread of Harry Potter. But the summer makes me crave escape in the opposite direction: I want heat, romance, comfort, and light! I want to laugh and fall in love with a fictional character, is that too much to ask? I don’t think so.
So whether you’re beachside, poolside, or hiding inside your favorite coffee shop, these are some of my favorite books to dive into this summer! Lots of laughs and deep, dramatic sighs guaranteed.
Warm days, breezy nights (…or full humidity if you’re in Texas, ha!), sunset dates on a pretty patio, backyard cookouts with friends…ohh the possibilities! Time to show off your latest pedicure and rock some new summer sandals. I am LOVING the adorable, minimalist options out right now. Lots of cute slides, fun wedges and ankle straps are IN – and I’m all about it. Throw on a flirty summer dress or pair with high rise denim shorts and darling tee (like this classic and affordable option here) and slip those feet into kicks that make you feel extra special!
Among about 1000 other things I took for granted before becoming a mom (…like leisurely eating lunch, finishing an entire episode of anything, singing at the top of my lungs in the car, sleeping through the night, finishing my coffee while it’s still hot…fellow mamas, ya feel me?), the one thing that might just top this list is…drumroll…shaving my legs! Not going to lie, on the days when I have enough extra minutes to shave, it’s a VERY big deal and I’ve basically conquered the world. I feel like a new woman when I step out of the shower with silky smooth legs…even if those legs are going right back into activewear as I walk my little man to sleep around the house, ha! (But hey, successfully getting Jude to nap is a major WIN in my day!). When it comes to spending time on myself and going the extra “self care” mile, there’s one razor and shaving cream brand I’m reaching for… read more
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