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Good morning and happy Monday! We had such a fun weekend celebrating our son’s first birthday. After having family over for for the party, we went out with friends for Mexican food. We sipped on spicy margaritas and ate delicious tacos. Our Sunday was spent at home watching the Super Bowl. It was a really wonderful weekend.

Now that we’re in February, I’m officially ready for warm weather and late sunsets. It also gets me excited for breezy dresses which make it super easy and quick to get ready. In the meantime, I’m trying to get the most use out of my “winter” wardrobe. And you may have noticed by now that I am obsessed with these earrings – they’re my absolute favorites because you can wear them stacked like this or individually.

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My favorite quick and healthy breakfast

In my house, the morning rush can be a little chaotic. After we get the kids up, fed, dressed and out the door, it doesn’t leave much time for us to make breakfast for ourselves. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I wouldn’t be able to function if I didn’t have a hearty one. Especially since I run early in the morning.

After attempting a few different grab-and-go breakfasts (pre-made egg and sausage muffins, protein muffins…etc) I’ve finally found something that’s not only easy, but healthy and hearty enough to get me through to lunch. I can’t take full credit for this though, my sister in law introduced me to this and makes it every time she stays with us!

The best part about this is that you can make it however you want. I don’t measure anything! Here are my key ingredients:

  • Oats
  • Raisins
  • Walnuts
  • Cinnamon or pumpkin spice mix from Trader Joe’s
  • Flax seed
  • Chia seeds
  • Sliced banana
  • Spoonful of peanut butter

After I place all this to a bowl, I add water and a little milk to the top and then throw it in the fridge and let it sit overnight. In the morning I microwave it and mix everything together. It’s SO delicious! Give it a try and let me know how you like it!

Tweed

I can’t believe it’s already the end of January! The past few days have been really warm here, so I’m ready to throw on skirts and  breezy dresses for work. There’s nothing easier than that! I have my eye on this dress (under $100) and this cute jumpsuit. In the meantime, it’s all about layering for me. The mornings and evenings are still pretty chilly. I am so in love with this tweed jacket and it’s proven to be a closet workhorse for me.

Hope you’re having a great day and thanks for stopping by!

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Five wardrobe must-haves

I’m often asked to put together a post featuring the key pieces to invest in. This list can be much longer than five, but I thought I’d start with these key pieces first. What a perfect time of year to add a few investment pieces to your wardrobe. What is your favorite?


 

 

 

 

 

Weekend wish list

Good morning and happy Friday! This week seemed to fly by and I’m so looking forward to spending time with my family. I’m sure our weekend will involve a bike ride to the park, playing on the swings and kicking the soccer ball around. The best thing about kids is that they make you slow down and enjoy the little things like running around at the park and rolling in the grass. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by!

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Reflecting on the last year

If you know me personally or have been a long time reader of this blog, you know that I’m a very optimistic and happy person. That being said, I definitely have hard days (or weeks!) that I don’t really share in this space. I never talked about how my son was born early and the struggles that came with that, but as I reflect on this last year I think I’m ready to share it.

Both of my pregnancies were difficult on my body. I had morning sickness (aka all day sickness) that went into the second trimester. I had a pretty smooth second trimesters, and difficult third trimesters. With my daughter, the sciatic pain was nearly unbearable and at 37 weeks I had a scare and almost had to be induced. Thankfully, rest was the best medicine for that one. With my son, I was sick for the entire third trimester: sinus infection, bronchitis, strep throat and then finally cholestasis. You can read more about cholestasis here.

This is why my son was born 3 weeks early. Short and sweet version is this: I had intermittent and mild signs of cholestasis. I asked for a blood test and it came back positive. I wasn’t surprised when I got the call from my doctor. I just knew something wasn’t right. I was ordered to head to the hospital asap to be induced. I packed my bags, showered, and my husband and I drove to the hospital. Meanwhile, I was completely devastated. Three weeks of preparing and spending time as a family of three was taken away from me. I was terrified and heartbroken. I wanted desperately to have that time with my daughter. I was scared for what would happen when she wasn’t the only child anymore. And I felt like I hadn’t bonded with this baby yet. Not like I did when I was pregnant with my daughter. And I was so worried about the health of my baby.

Meanwhile, my doctor was calling to ask why I wasn’t at the hospital yet. She asked if I could feel the baby moving and I felt a sense of urgency in her voice. We arrived at the hospital and after monitoring, my son was fine, but I was still going to be induced because they don’t risk anything with cholestasis. I am beyond grateful for my family and friends who completely took over — picking my daughter up from daycare, managing things at the house, reassuring me and making me laugh.

On January 31st at 4:27 pm Zachary Philip Gery was born. He was perfect. I had always heard about these mothers bonding instantly with their baby. It’s an incredible feeling when it happens to you. My time in the hospital was much easier than the first. I knew what to expect and my labor was so much easier and quicker that I felt pretty good the next day. My son still had a few hurdles to cross though. When he was born, he didn’t let out a good cry. They were worried about his lungs and heart, but after monitoring they determined he was fine. He didn’t pass his hearing test in his right ear in the hospital, so I had to wait until he was three weeks old to do a more extensive hearing test. Thankfully he passed that one. And worst of all was his jaundice. I was familiar with this because my daughter had it. But my son’s was more severe. His poor little heels were pricked so many times and at only 4 days old we spent a night at CHOC Hospital. I don’t wish that upon anyone. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my entire life. I saw and heard things that any parent, let alone a 4-day postpartum mom, should ever experience.

When I look back at the year, it wasn’t easy. Figuring out daycare for our son, transitioning our daughter from daycare to a real school, going back to work, battling illnesses including pneumonia (ya, that was a bummer), sleep deprivation, navigating nap schedules…you get the picture.

But here we are, nearly one year later. I would do it all again in a heartbeat. Probably a little differently though (like being nicer to myself and not having such high standards). Zach is healthy and thriving and he brings us so much joy. We love watching his little personality develop and his bond with his sister grow. Having children is the best thing I’ve ever experienced. They make me the happiest I’ve ever been, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. And I’ve learned that through some of the struggles, that it’s important to be patient and gracious to myself and to my family. I’m constantly learning and I’m so thankful to have a healthy and happy family.

Phew, that was a long post. If you’re in the trenches with a new baby, then know that you’re not alone. The first year can be the hardest. But as all parents say, it’s also the most rewarding.

 

 

My favorite henley

I’ve really been digging the look of a henley tucked into high waisted pants. This one is nice enough to wear to work, so I tucked it into my favorite cropped trousers. It does run a little big, but I stuck with my usual size small because I didn’t want it too tight. It will be perfect for the weekend with jeans or for work rucked into a pencil skirt!

Keeping it short and sweet today. Hope you’re all having a great start to your week and thanks for stopping by!