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May 3, 2014-One of the Best Days Ever.

Two years ago, May 3, 2014, was a very special day. It was a perfect day in my eyes. The sun was shining, it was warm outside and just a beautiful day in general. It was Brian and I’s wedding day. A day I will never forget, we were surrounded by the people who we love the most. Disclaimer: I’m about to get real sappy on y’all. I can’t help it, i’m sentimental, it’s just who I am!

Two years have gone by as fast as a blink of an eye. There have been new beginnings, memories made, dear love ones lost and a sweet baby boy was born. A lot has happened in the past two years but I can say one thing for sure, my love for Brian has only gotten stronger. There have been times that have tested us and times that have made us laugh so hard that we’ve cried. With every day that goes by, it only gets better knowing that I have my love, my rock, my best friend by my side. Happy anniversary, Brian. Here’s to us and many more years of pure joy.

Let’s take a look back to one of the best days ever:

( Photography by Brooke Christl Photography. She is simply the best, so check her out!)

Here’s to all the mamas!

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! This will be my very first Mother’s Day being a Mom myself. Being Jacob’s Mama has been one of the best gifts that God has given me. He has tested my patience, filled my heart with so much love and made me learn a lot more about myself. I never fully realized how much my mom loved me until the day I met Jacob.

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Mother’s Day is a great time to show a Mom in your life how much she means to you and celebrate the person she is. Here are some gift ideas to make her feel special:

The Mother of All Mothers

Photo Album: Am I still the only one who collects actual photos still? Shutterfly makes it way too easy with their promotions of free 4×6 prints. I’ve accumulated hundreds of photos that need to go in albums. One of my favorite things to do is go through old photos and look back at great memories.

Bath Products: I love taking a nice hot bath to relax after a long day. This is a great gift for moms who love to soak in the tub!

Candles: I always have candles burning in our home. Different scents can help you feel relaxed and make you feel at ease. The candles from Aveda will make your home smell like a spa. Who wouldn’t want that?!

Coffee Mug: Each morning when I wake up I look forward to having my cup of joe. You could call it mama fuel because I know a lot of moms who run off their daily coffee fix.

Birthstone Eternity Ring: I have an alexandrite eternity ring in honor of my son who was born in the month of June. It’s one of my favorite pieces that I wear every single day!

A Manicure: Because who doesn’t love to be pampered and get their nails done?

Monogram: Anything monogram is always a great gift. Necklace, earrings, bags, shirts, anything monogrammed.

Her Favorite Perfume: A scent can bring back a memory or make you think of your favorite person. Whenever I smell the perfume “Angel” on someone I immediately think of my mom. I personally love the smell by Marc Jacobs, “Daisy”.

Flowers: I love having fresh flowers in my home and my favorite flower is the hydrangea. We used these in our wedding so they have sentimental value ( hint hint Brian).

Wine: I vote champagne.

Fun T-shirt: I have seen this “Mama Bear” shirt all over pintrest and I just think its too cute!

Earrings: Pearl earrings are classic and I love the idea of having a pair of earrings to remind me of a special day.

When picking out a gift for that special mom in your life, remember that it’s truly the thought that counts.

A Dip to Remember.

I can’t believe another weekend has already come and gone. All I wanted to do was stay inside, cuddle on the couch by the fire and drink prosecco. It is now Spring but it felt more like Fall outside all weekend long. Brian and I debated back and forth about what we were going to do for dinner last night, like we always do. We couldn’t make up our minds so we decided to just have appetizer’s for our meal and let me tell you it ended up being amazing.

First, we started by throwing together a bunch of fruit, cheeses, meat and humus :

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Then I started thinking, what else can we make?!? One of my favorite things to eat is chips and dip. It is my weakness for sure. Since I am on Weight Watchers, I looked through their recipes for something that would satisfy my urge to eat something bad.

I searched and found a ton of recipes that looked delicious but then I came across exactly what I was looking for- crab dip!! I put my own little spin to it and added some garlic and extra hot pepper sauce. Next time, I will add some red pepper flakes just to give it a little more kick. This was perfect for a cold windy Saturday night and paired with some pita chips, this dip was perfect and so tasty.

Weight Watchers Crab Dip

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

2 points per serving

Serving Size: 2 tablespoons & 2 teaspoons

Weight Watchers Crab Dip

Ingredients

  • 6oz low fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1⁄2cup(s) plain low fat Greek yogurt
  • 3Tbsp uncooked onion(s), finely minced
  • 1⁄2 pound(s)lump crabmeat, fresh or canned, drained ( I used claw crab meat)
  • 1⁄2 tsp hot pepper sauce, or more to taste ( I used more like 2 tsp)
  • 1⁄2 tsp table salt, or to taste
  • 2 Tbsp sherry (dry or sweet), or sweet sherry (or to taste)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Cooking spray ( I used olive oil spray)
  • You may want to add:
  • shredded parmesan cheese on top

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325. Use the the cooking spray to coat a 7 inch dish.
  2. In a mixing bowl, place all ingredients in and stir until thoroughly combined. Next, scoop the mixture into the coated dish and bake until dip is heated through, about 20 to 25 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.

The weekend is almost gone and a new week is almost here. I hope you have a great week ahead of you!

xoxo!

That Bittersweet Feeling.

Easter has come and gone and let me tell you, it was a great one. This year is a year of first for our family. First Easter weekend in our new home and first Easter for our son, Jacob! With all of these first, I cant help but think of how bittersweet it is seeing my little man grow up and grow up way too fast.

Between the middle of the night wake up calls, to the constant changing of diapers, sickness from day care and making bottles,time seems to go by so slow. Blurry eyed, in the middle of the night and tired as heck, it’s easy to forget how precious these moments really are. I keep telling myself to hold him a little tighter, let him sleep on my shoulder a little longer, cherish each second just a little bit more because it really does just fly by like the blink of an eye. My little boy is growing up right in front of me.

I saw a quote that said, “ I constantly go between wanting you to be my baby forever and being excited about all the amazing things you’ll do in this life.” Boy, if this isn’t the truest of the true. Every day I wonder, what it will be like when my little boy starts talking? What will his personality be like? Who will he grow up to be? If he is anything like his daddy, he will be a social butterfly who can start a conversation with anyone.

All I know right now is that I want to really take in theses moments…the little smiles, giggles, bath times, 6 am wake up calls, and the snuggles. I know it doesn’t last forever. As with anything in life, time flies when you’re having fun.

Here are some photos from our Easter weekend, 2016:

I mean, REALLY?! I know I am biased but he really is just too cute for words. We had photos taken by an awesome photographer on Saturday. Check out Heather Creed Photography.


Thank you Heather Creed Photography. Please check her out at http://www.heathercreed.com

Jacob got to spend precious time with his Grammy and his Papa Tom, who visited us from South Carolina. He loved every second of it!

Jacob is his daddy’s mini me. I love seeing them side by side. We are so lucky to have Brian.

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I didn’t get to decorate AS much as I would have liked for Easter, but I did put up a few things. I keep telling Brian, ” Just wait till Christmas, it’s going to look like the North Pole up in here.”

Front Door

Mantle

Easter

Oh, Happy Day!

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