So Long! Nope, I’m still here.

When I got the email that my blog domain was up for renewal I seriously considered not renewing.  For obvious reasons -hello,  it’s been two months since my last post.  My life is definitely smack dab in the middle of a busy season between work, marriage, and two kids under 2.5.  Then there’s the whole back and forth of what do I write about?

I suppose I have come to that place where openly sharing tons of photos and stories of my kids online doesn’t feel right anymore.  It’s a weird thing to say because it’s really a personal decision that I can’t quite articulate.  I so enjoy other peoples blogs and Instagram feeds that publicly share their kids’ lives so one would think that I would feel comfortable doing the same.  I can’t explain it…but I do know that ever since I decided to make a separate and private Instagram account that only family and a few friends can access photos of my little ladies, that nagging voice in the back of my head has quieted down.  I’m sure I’ll post some photos and stories of them here and there since they’re obviously a huge part of my life, but for now, keeping the amount down to a minimum gives me peace of mind.

Finally, I thought the cost to renew this blog domain was going to be closer to $100 and saying goodbye seemed like a sensible decision.  However, when I logged in and realized it was actually around a fourth of that I decided I’d stick it out at least for another year.  Maybe I’ll become inspired…

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M+AK+E in August

M+AK+E is a monthly Mama/daughter photo project showcasing our top five favorites. At the end of the year I plan on having these photos printed into a hardbound photo album. You can see past monthly favorites here.

As promised here’s the August edition of M+AK+E late as to be expected :)  August was a great month!  We celebrated Elaine’s 1st birthday, we enjoyed the last full month of summer, and our girls just keep growing and learning and doing.  Life is good.

Big + Little Victories >> M – Lost a little over 2.5 pounds, AK – Drank milk out of a REAL coffee cup, E – Turned ONE

Reading >> M – The Girl on the Train,  AK – No No Yes Yes , E – If I were an Owl


Enjoyed >> M – A home date night with my man, AK – Being outside, E – Riding in the wagon

A Favorite Meal >> M – (besides that awesome steak dinner above) Greek yogurt parfaits, AK – Spaghetti, E – Spaghetti

Loving >> M – the end of bottle washing, AK – new necklace, E – new upholstered and monogrammed chair 

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Here’s Something I Won’t Miss

The milestone of turning one is a big one.  There are all kinds of things you become nostalgic for (tiny babies with tiny fingers and tiny toes) and there are also a ton of exciting things happening at the same time.  Of all the things I will miss there is one thing I’m sure I won’t miss:

Washing these crazy 5 piece Dr. Brown bottles.

We have used and washed our last bottle around here.  I’m packing these guys up for a friend expecting  her third baby in October. (Bless her!)  Meanwhile, both of our girls are officially using sippy cups.  HALLELUJAH!

Matt and I are high five-ing over this one.

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Around Here

Most/all of my free time outside of my family and work is spent on trying to improve my health. Which means I’m either working out, preparing something healthy to eat, reading about fitness and or healthy meals, or trying to plan my next workout or my next meal. I want to point out that as a working mother to two, I don’t have a lot of extra time. I’m not trying to downplay my efforts either because I’ve definitely been trying to eat better and workout consistently.   I just don’t want it come across as though I’m spending hours upon hours every day working out and eating well.  (That’d be awesome – ha!  But I don’t have that luxury 😉  Living a healthier lifestyle is definitely a balance and something that’s currently really important to me.  I’m hoping that I will continue to make my health a priority!  Slowly but surely I can see that my hard work is making a difference. I still have a ways to go to reach my personal goals, but I’m trying to remember to be patient and kind to myself.

We celebrated Elaine’s first birthday with our immediate families a couple weeks ago and it was such a fun day.

I’ve always been a little unsure of how much is too much to share in regards to my kiddos online, in social media, and even here on my blog.  I’m not a huge Facebooker but I do love Instagram (I currently have three accounts!  Ridiculous, I know.)  I love having my main account open and not private, but I don’t like not knowing who’s looking at photos of my kiddos.  I was posting a lot of pictures of my girls on my Instagram account and it was starting to make me feel uneasy.  These feelings have been occurring off and on for quite some time so I decided it was time to make a change.  The solution that I’m loving was to create a private account that only family and few select friends that are interested can access.  This private account is all about Alice and Elaine.  It totally satisfies my Momma desire to share photo after photo of them on Instagram while easing my worries about sharing too much with the general public.  I’ll probably still share some photos of my kiddos on my main account, because they are obviously a HUGE part of my life, but the frequency will be drastically reduced.  The new set up is working out well.

I’m already thinking about my One Little Word for next year which makes me realize that I need to focus more on my current One Little Word for 2015.  We still have a good chunk of time to go.  Plus it’s a good one: gratitude.  I’m thinking about making a weekly list of things I’m grateful for.  Big things, little things – it all matters.  I have a lot to be grateful for and can’t help but think it’d be a good idea to give all those things special acknowledgement.

Around here, I’m also re-thinking the Mama/Daughter photo project I’ve been doing this year: M+AK+E.  I l-o-v-e the concept, but it takes a lot of time and effort for me to complete.  I can’t get it together on this one and I’m always late in completing each months’ spread.  (August’s will be late for sure.)  I do have every intention to finish the year out with this project, but next year I’m going to simplify for sure.

What have you been up to lately?  Fill me in :)


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Book Report

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso: I tore through this book in less than 24 hours. It was an easy read that I obviously enjoyed. I feel like it might be better suited for a slightly younger (read: a lot younger) demographic than myself. This book would be great for the new college grad or for the person just starting out in the work force. However, the Take Charge of Your Destiny and Work Hard mentality found in these pages can really be applicable to anyone. I’d say that if you are looking for a good ole fashioned girls-rule-the-world pep talk as well as some overall rock solid Life/Career advice then this book is for you.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan: So I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. I’d venture to say that I really enjoyed it and have already reserved the next book in this series at my local library. For me, the beginning was a little overwhelming because there are a lot of characters to try and keep straight. Eventually I came to the conclusion that many of the characters were just there to support the overall story and keeping them all straight wasn’t vital to understanding the big picture. I haven’t read anything in the “chic lit” department in a long time and I found this book very entertaining. There’s talk of it being made into a movie, which I support.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins : So I finally decided to see what all the fuss was about. Whenever I watch a movie or read a book that the masses are ooohing and ahhhing about I try to keep my expectations low so that I won’t expect too much and be dissapointed. I find that I enjoy them much more when I take this approach. (You’re thinking that this goes without having to say, right?) Anyhow, it was good. I liked it even though every main character has some serious flaws (but granted, to some extent, don’t we all? Just hopefully not to the degree of these folks!!!). I tried to guess “who did it” several times before guessing correctly pretty close to the end. I bet they make this into a movie. It’s a worthwhile read and addictive. I sped through it relatively quickly. (p.s. The kindle version is only $4.99 right now on Amazon!)


One of my goals for 2015 was to read 12 books. I figured that averaged one book a month and should be totally do-able. Girl on the Train marked my 12th book this year which means that I can now stop reading until 2016. Kidding! I have a new stack of library books on my night stand ready and waiting.

Speaking of the library… I recently got a call asking if I had spilled/damaged a book I had recently turned in. I had not. I remember the pages being “wavy” but not un-readable so I thought nothing of it. Apparently they have to discard book that get wet because they can grow mold and potentially spread to other books when stored on the shelves.  They said fine and we hung up the phone and wouldn’t you know, mere seconds later I spilled coffee on a different library book. Go figure, right? So I had to pay $29 for that book that I definitely damaged.  Sigh.

Also another thought on the library… my public library is kind of gross. Although it has been remodeled recently, which is an improvement because they ripped up gross carpeting and put in laminate flooring.  However, it still just seems dark, dingy, and dirty. Plus this past weekend I walked by a random man using one of the computers and had to look away quickly because the screen had larger than life questionable material displayed! I mean, WHAT? #Awkward.

How’s your public library? I always thought I’d take my kids to the library because I have such fond memories of spending time at my local library when I was growing up.  However I really can’t see myself taking them and worrying about them touching anything.  Maybe I’m over reacting… Who knows.


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Beach Suggestions

Matt and I are hoping to take a relaxing beach vacation early next year to celebrate our five year wedding annivesary!!! (Doesn’t five years seem so long and like a drop in the bucket all at once?) Do you have any fabulous beach destination suggestions? We are just starting to brainstorm. Mexico is a strong contender… (I’ve never been!). An all inclusive adults only resort is right up our alley. Something nice but not toooooo expensive.

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M+AK+E in July

M+AK+E is a monthly Mama/daughter photo project showcasing our top five favorites. At the end of the year I plan on having these photos printed into a hardbound photo album. You can see past monthly favorites here

July was a BUSY month and the beginning of August has been crazy with a sick kiddo so there’s that excuse. Regardless here’s what we were into in July:

Reading >> M – Crazy Rich Asians, AK – Goodnight Little One , E – If I Were a Hippo 

Eating >> M – Spinach Scrambles, AK – granola bars AKA “cookies”, E – bread, bread, bread

Loving >> M – Dallas Weekend Get-a-way with girlfriends, AK – ponytails/pigtails, E blankies


Wearing >> M – braided workout headbands, AK – all the dresses, E – purple flower shoes

Noteworthy >> M – actively meal planning/prepping, AK – talking SO much, E – taking independent steps for the first time

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