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Highlights // 2.10.17

Everett and Elizabeth // Highlights 2.10.17It’s Friday and Harper’s face sums up how I feel about this weekend! Tonight, my parents are speaking at a marriage ministry event at our church. If you know my parents, you know it will be hilarious, but also extremely helpful. If you’re local (our church is in Chantilly, VA), join us! Then on Sunday, one of our dearest family friends is getting married. I love weddings in general, but they are extra special when the bride and/or groom is someone you adore. Bonus: Sam and I get two “date nights” in one weekend. That never happens anymore!

If you’re having a chill weekend and have time to browse the internet, here are some of my favorite links from the week: (more…)


Highlights // 6.3.16


Even though this was a short week, I am so happy to see the weekend. Last weekend, while visiting my family for Memorial Day, I started to feel sick, but I figured it was just my allergies coming back since the weather had finally cleared up. I felt a little achy, but I chalked it up to being more active. Then, on Monday night, Harper woke up about 30 minutes after she had fallen asleep screaming her head off. I noticed that her nose was congested so I cleaned it out, nursed her a bit to calm her down and put her back to bed. The next morning, she woke up with a runny nose and a slight fever and I woke up with a ton of guilt for not realizing that I had a cold and not allergies.

When Harper was born (six weeks early), the doctors and nurses warned us about how dangerous it could be if she got sick within the first 3 months of her life. I worried every time I heard her sneeze (not an exaggeration). I’m so thankful that her first cold didn’t come until she was 5 months old and I’m even more thankful that it was pretty mild. 90% of the time she was her normal, happy self and the other times I could calm her down pretty quickly by holding or nursing her. Her nighttime sleep included a few more wakeups, but her naps actually got better so I’m not complaining. But I’m definitely happy that Sam will be here this weekend to help me get a little more sleep.

Here are the highlights from this week and weekend…

// aden + anais is on Zulily this weekend! They have super cute Summer styles for up to 50% off. I’m trying to decide between this romper or this top and these bloomers. They also have a few of the towel and washcloth sets I talked about on Wednesday and a few sets of washcloths.

// These 2-year-old triplets are in love with their garbage collectors and it is the sweetest thing ever.

// I shared this blogpost about #MomLife on my personal Facebook page last month and I had to share it here too. You’ll definitely want to bookmark it to come back to on the hard days.

// I have a question for my mommy readers: what is the best baby food maker on the market? Harper will be starting solids in a few weeks and I’m starting to get prepared. I’d also love to know what tools you used when feeding your babies, as well as what brands of store-bought food you reccomend. Tell me everything!

// Old Navy had a Super Cash event that ended 5/30 and I shop there so much that I have three $10 coupons to use starting tomorrow. I’m thinking about using them to buy Harper a few 6-9 and 6-12 month items since her 3-6 month clothing fits perfectly right now. But even if you don’t have any coupons, you can get 30% off your entire order today for National Donut Day! You can see the items I have in my cart (plus a few I’ve already purchased) below.


Disconnect to Reconnect

JerrellSamEng-0097I have a slight problem when it comes to my iPhone and iPad. You can usually find at least one of them in my hand. I’m either checking Instagram, pinning yet another dessert, or reading a blog or a book on my iPad. When I lived alone, I never noticed (ignored?) this problem, but lately, I’ve found that my husband has to literally stand in front of my face and/or remove the mobile device from my hands to get my full attention. I love my husband dearly and I never want him to feel like he comes second to anyone or anything. I know that we can’t just sit and cuddle twenty-four hours a day, but when he’s home, and we’re both free, I can make an effort to give him my full attention – even if it’s only for an hour. This week, we set some new house rules. The first one, and the one I’ll be focusing on this weekend, is to go phone-free in the evenings. We’ve also instituted a weekly “date night in”: one night a week where we ignore our phones and the television, pour some wine, and cook a new recipe together. I got the idea from Ashley at Not Without Salt and I am so excited!

For this week’s Highlights, I’m not posting any links or talking about any online sales. Today, I want to encourage you to disconnect from the virtual world and reconnect with your families and friends. Whether that means going on a date with your significant other, planning a family game night with your kids, or hosting a phones-free brunch with your girlfriends, do whatever it takes to reconnect.

Happy Weekend!

photo taken by Katie Lopez during our engagement session


Highlights // 4.10.15

Weekly Highlights posts have become a tradition in my past few years of blogging. Every Friday, I share a round-up of the things I’ve been loving, things that have piqued my interest, and things I believe my readers want to know about. These “Highlights” have included beauty products I’ve been using, recipes I want to/have already tried, articles I read and wanted to share, online sales I heard about, etc. So, of course, the tradition will continue! Here are the highlights of the week…

:: Sam recently started working on the weekends and, because I’m still getting used to his schedule (that’s code for “I’ve been super lazy”), I’ve been terrible about making sure we eat home-cooked meals more than we eat out. This weekend, I decided to make our favorite turkey burgers (here’s the video version in case you’re more of a visual recipe follower). They’re healthy, Sam loves them and I’m making enough so that we’ll have leftovers in case the lazies hit me again tomorrow. Triple win!

:: Ever since I moved back to Virginia (from New Orleans, where I attended law school), my skin has been dry and dehydrated. I’ve tried everything I could think of, but my dry patches haven’t budged. Despite this problem, my t-zone is still pretty oily so it was hard to find a moisturizer that could balance my entire face. I’ve been using Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream for about two months and I’ve had great results. It gets rid of my dry patches without making my entire face greasy. I have to reapply in the middle of the day sometimes, but that doesn’t bother me. Have any of you tried it? What did you think? Do you have any other recommendations?

:: Book of the Week — With or Without You by Domenica Ruta. I started and finished this incredibly brave memoir in one day. I have too much to say about the book to summarize it here, but this NY Times review will tell you everything you need to know. If you do read it, let me know what you think.

:: I’m currently putting the finishing touches on my home office so I’ve been devouring all of the home office and work space tours I can find. I was browsing old articles on The Everygirl and came across this one about the different ways to style a desk for the college student, post-grad and career woman. I’m somewhere in between the post-grad and the career woman so I’m going to come up with a combination of the two for myself. If you’re currently designing (or have been meaning to start designing) your home office, you should definitely check this one out.

:: After I decided to launch the Registry Essentials series, I came across this DIY Housewarming Gift tutorial. While shopping off of a registry is convenient and guarantees that the recipient will love the gift, a homemade (or semi-homemade) gift is always more memorable. What I love about this gift idea is that you can change the container or the contents depending on who you’re giving it to and what their style is. It may take a bit more time than purchasing a gift off of a registry, but it is sure to make a lasting impression.

Have a fantastic weekend!