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Ohh how I’ve missed this place! Since having Jude (…and given that he still haaates the car), I haven’t been able to take the 20-minute drive to South Congress in months. Grabbing a leisurely coffee over here used to be my daily reality – and now it’s my daily daydream, ha! My mom watched Jude for an hour over the weekend, so Blake and I decided to spend that time grabbing coffee and strolling our favorite street. And even though I thought about Jude 90% of the time we were gone (…and literally ran up the stairs to see him when we got home, ha!), I felt refreshed and so happy to spend an hour with my hubby, holding hands and reminiscing about how much our lives have changed in just four months time. Taking time for myself is not something I do often these days, let alone allotting time for just me and Blake – but I’m learning it’s so necessary! A happier Olivia = a better mom, wife, daughter, friend…the list goes on and on. A little self-care goes a long way! read more
It’s summertime in Austin, and while, yes, it does get incredibly hot with the mercury rising above 100 degrees more days than not, it’s also one of the best places to be this time of year. Why? Because we’ve got a ton of great watering holes – and by watering holes I mean both lakes/pools and bars!
So to celebrate the return of summer, I’ve rounded up the best spots to grab a drink in Austin. I know I missed some (there are so many!), so leave a comment with your faves!
“We’re not a regular fam, we’re a Nike fam!” …But in all seriousness, Blake said he’d never be in a blog post with me unless it was for Nike…and low and behold HERE we are! Nike is a brand we admire greatly in our house – and it’s the only label Blake wears proudly (not even joking…it’s 100% Nike shirts, shoes and track shorts for this guy…he refuses to wear any other sports brand). Given that Jude is a mini Blake (…anyone else see the resemblance? Ha!), we’ve been collecting our fair share of Nike onesies, too. So stinkin’ adorable! …And I thought dressing myself was fun…nothing compares to dressing your baby! I mean, can we just take a minute for those precious baby sneakers? So. CUTE.
Life before Jude = leisurely hopping from a coffeehouse to a cute bar patio. Life after Jude = lucky if I make it to the Starbucks drive thru, ha! But in all seriousness, these days makeup is a rarity and if I put on real pants it’s a big deal. When people used to tell me about “mom style” I never thought twice about what that would mean once I became a mom myself. And now that I spend 24/7 caring for a three month old, I totally get what they mean! You’ve got to find pieces that make you feel good, are comfortable and practical. Now that I’m two sizes bigger since having a baby, I was in desperate need of an update and ready to invest in clothing that fits my new body. Did I mention the whole “it’s extremely difficult to leave the house” thing? Yeah…about that…my trips to the mall are few and far between these days (…and if I make it to the mall then I’m normally shopping for Jude and not myself). Which is where Trunk Club saves the day!
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about putting together an outfit when you know you’ll be nursing your baby, it’s this: BUTTONS! They’re my secret weapon when it comes to shopping for nursing-friendly tops and dresses that make you feel GOOD. (…Because as my fellow mamas know, wearing workout gear on repeat can often be the norm…even when there’s no workout on the agenda!). Grab your favorite pair of high rise denim, some boyfriend shorts (comfort is key!) or even your maternity jeans – whatever bottoms you feel comfortable wearing, and pair with any of these cute tops. Whip out some classic sneakers or summer sandals for the dresses! Sharing more of my nursing secrets below…
“I’m not a regular mom, I’m a plant mom…” 😉 Today’s post is all about how we care for our plant babies! Anyone else get a ton of joy out of a space filled with house plants? There’s just something instantly calm and relaxing about them. Not to mention when you nurture a plant for years (years!), there’s going to be some sort of proud attachment, ha. (There’s the plant mama in me coming out!). When Blake and I moved into our house three years ago, we went a little plant crazy. Though some were lost along the way (RIP), I’ve finally learned how to care for these finicky little fellas. That said, I’m sharing how we care for our plants, the types of plants we have around our home and our favorite place to buy house plants – let’s get to it.
I don’t want to jump the gun, but I can just feel Summer fast approaching in the air. Those warm days spent by the pool are calling my name. I can’t wait to throw on a bathing suit, slather myself in sunscreen, grab a beach read and just ~c h i l l~
Ohh ya know, pregnancy just casually did a number on my body for nine months…and nine weeks postpartum, I am finally in a solid fitness routine to get my body back in shape! I realize I may never look like I used to pre-baby, but I am certainly ready to feel strong and build my endurance back up again. I put on 40lbs while pregnant with Jude and I’ve still got about 10lbs to shed to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight (…and to fit into my old wardrobe haha! …Let’s be honest, that’s a major motivator right there…!). Our postpartum bodies are pretty fragile, so I’ve slowly been getting into my fitness rhythm – here’s what I’m doing (…and what I’m wearing, too!)…
Hey there, big cheesy grin! I’ve been feeling really good lately and I’m attributing those happy vibes to more time spent outside (…and exercise…wowza that really does do wonders!). We’ve had the strangest weather in Austin lately – one minute the sun is shining and the next there’s a torrential downpour. Funny enough, I intended to shoot this post during a rain sesh (…hence that adorable raincoat…) but once we parked it cleared up and the sun started beaming. No complaints here, though! Vitamin D does a body and mind good. You know the saying, “April showers bring May flowers” – so I am totally okay with all the rain if it means we’re looking at an extra lush and sunny May!
Ohh it’s my first ever mama & me post! Jude is making his coffeehouse rounds and this week we stopped by one of our favorites, Medici (…if I could have one of their oat milk lattes everyday, I certainly would!). Per usual, Austin weather was unpredictable and we waited out the rain in the parking garage, then quickly strolled on over and actually got to enjoy some sunshine while sipping our coffee! When it comes to leaving the house with a baby in tow, there is one retailer I know I can count on to make me feel calm and confident it’s going to be a successful outing (which means no tears from our little man!)…