Brightening Up Your Home with Spring Flowers




One of my favorite things about springtime are the beautiful flowers in bloom. You can finally open up those windows for some warmer, fresh air and let the aroma from outside seep into your home; it really is just the best feeling after a long winter.

In our home, I love to bring plenty of that beauty indoors as well. I tend to prefer arrangements that aren't too busy. I usually opt for all of the same flower, or I'll go for a similar color tone if I'm using different flowers. Here are a few of my favorite springtime arrangements:



images via pinterest 

Stock (on the left) is one of my favorites because not only is it simple and pretty, but I love the fragrance of stock. This is also my go-to budget flower. They usually run around $3.99 for 5 stems. I also love simple greenery (right). You can either grab greens from the flower shop or better yet, walk outside your front door and see what you can find!





image via designsponge 

And then of course, I love flowering branches (like cherry blossoms). These are perfect for a dinner table or a console table.

Spring brings so many great flowers! See a list of some in-season flowers here:

Tulip
Ranuncula
Hyacinth
Calla Lilly
Pink Rose
Hydrangea
Lilac
Sweet Pea
Peony
Iris
Delphinium

What are your favorite springtime flowers? How do you like to decorate with them in your home?

Lindsay xx

Changing Up My Workouts


I used to be religious about working out. I worked out 5 days a week, usually at a gym, and I rarely skipped a workout. Each month I tried a new "plan" so I could stay consistent and see progress. But let me be honest, nothing really ever stuck; I felt torn. I would bounce around from more body weight exercises to heavy lifting and then to extra cardio. I was kind of all over the place.

After having Parker, my own body perception changed tremendously. I stopped comparing myself to these other women and their thin/toned bodies and I started to focus more on just feeling good. When I move, what feels best? Which form of exercise makes me the happiest? Do I really need to be that disciplined with my workouts, or can I sometimes just workout twice a week? These were the thoughts I had to work through and over time, I've realized a lot.

For once (in a very long time), I had finally learned to relax about my body and start listening. My hips were ridiculously tight after giving birth, I had no core whatsoever, and I was (and still am) extremely inflexible. So, I decided to try a class (I usually hated classes). My plan was to try out this class and see how I liked it and then start to walk/jog more outside. The class was Barre3. I went to my first class with the mindset of already hating it (so positive of me, I know). But I truly, really disliked group classes. So, long story short, I ended up loving it. I felt strong, I felt focused, I felt energized and overall, I just felt good. I remember thinking, YES, this is what I want to feel out of a workout. Then the next I went for a jog outside. It wasn't even the best weather, but I did it anyway. I ended up walking almost halfway through, but I didn't even sweat it (literally). I just jammed out to my music, had a lot of chats with myself in my head (lol), and loved it. Again, I felt good.





Top: Topshop | Leggings: Forever21 | Sports Bra: Gap



Fast forward to where I'm at now and I've basically kept up the same workouts. Either an online or in-studio Barre3 class a few times a week, lots of walks and half-ass runs, and I will lift some heavier weights here and there in my living room while watching tv. Most importantly, the pressure is off and I've become more concerned about how I feel in my body rather than how my body appears.

I appreciate all of the tools we have out there. There are a plethora of program guides, workout studios, philosophies, etc; we really have no excuse! But if we could all just focus more on what felt good and felt right and to just MOVE in general every day (even if it is a walk with your dog or some good stretching), I think we would be doing quite well. Understanding that we are all unique- a hard workout might provide great results for one person, but could actually be doing more harm than good to someone else. Finding what feels best to you is key.

I always thought that I HAD to workout hard to get good results. And yes, depending on the results you want, you might have to! But to be honest, once I started listening to my body a bit more, I'm now in better shape than I was during those crazy workout days. I also eat a lot more too!

Sometimes, and this doesn't pertain to all of us, but sometimes some of us just need to slow down and do less, to accomplish more.

Lots of love,
Lindsay

Mission Bay Getaway







Happy Tuesday! We have been soaking up all of the sunshine down here in San Diego and dang it feels so, so good. We have been spending time all over Southern California, but last week we spent a few days in Mission Bay at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa on Mission Bay. Let me just say, this place was exactly what I was hoping for.

First of all, the location is possibly the best in San Diego. The resort is situated right on the bay; a few minutes from Old Town and Sea World and just outside of downtown, so you really get to experience the beauty of San Diego. We had all of these things we wanted to do in the area, but once we got there, we honestly didn't want to leave!


Jumpsuit: Asos | Earrings: Nordstrom Rack 

From great food and poolside cocktails to bayside morning runs and stand up paddle boarding, why would you leave?? When traveling kiddo, this exactly the type of place you want to go to. You have everything you need.

I'm sure many parents can relate, but coordinating a bunch of plans with a toddler can get a little tricky. Lately when we travel, we've been opting to get room service for dinner and we go somewhere for lunch when Parker's mood is a better bet! Room service for dinner is obviously a pricey way to go, but I'm convinced that it is SO worth it.

The Hilton's room service was amazing. We were able to sit on the patio and eat our dinner while watching the sunset, drinking a bottle of wine and snacking on a cheese plate. Take me back!!

Traveling with a kiddo is definitely not the easiest thing to do. It takes a LOT of teamwork, a lot of coordination and a lot of patience. I will say though, the more we have traveled, the easier it has become. And I strongly stand by the importance of taking family trips! It's good for the soul and great for the memories.

Until next time, Mission Bay. You were so much fun and we can't wait to get back there. x



 




Dockside in Seattle


Happy Wednesday! Hope you are having a great week so far. This past weekend we headed up to Seattle for the night and can I just tell you how great it felt to get out of the house!? I've been sick with flu and then got another virus right after that turned to a sinus infection. Parker had a virus and THEN Tyson had some sort of stomach bug. It has just been the pits, so getting some sunshine and fresh air felt as nourishing as ever.

Tyson had a photo shoot on Sunday up there, so we packed up the car and convinced Oma (Tyson's mom) to come up with us to enjoy the weekend. My favorite hotel was booked, so we decided to try another hotel outside of downtown in Kirkland. We stayed at the Woodmark Hotel and Still Spa and absolutely loved it. We were greeted with clear skies, champagne at check in, and a room overlooking Lake Washington. We are already planning a summer trip back up there so we can enjoy the lake and stand up paddle board when it is warmer!

Speaking of warmer- I'm so ready, Spring! I just did a big ASOS haul and I'm dying to wear everything. I also did my quarterly shopping for Parker and I can't wait to dress him! Oh, and also get him a haircut... LOL. I've been putting off cutting his crazy daily bed head to see how it grows out, but we officially have to cut it. See my wild hair man below for reference ; )


Jeans: Asos | Hat: Urban Outfitters (old) | Jean Jacket: Old Navy | Shoes: H&M (old) | Neck Scarf: Urban Outfitters


Until next time, Seattle. As always, you were a blast!

Have a great week, everyone! x

Healthy Banana + Peanut Butter "Milkshake"


I'm a firm believer that you have got to let the kids live a little when it comes to food. It's inevitable that they are going to get some not-so-healthy food elsewhere: from friends and even family sometimes (smh). But if I can control what I give Parker at home and help show him that healthy food can taste REALLY good too, then that makes me feel a bit better about it.

I love to tell him what certain foods do for us. Eggs make us strong, carrots help us see better and berries help us poop! LOL. If you could only see his cute little inquisitive face when I say this stuff. He goes "yeah!" while nodding his tilted head up and down with his big, bright eyes.

Anyway, a little while back one of the grandparents gave Parker a sip of a milkshake (a very real, very dairy and sugar heavy milkshake). Parker's eyes lit up and the first thing out of his mouth was "ooooh MMMM." He was a happy kiddo. And hey, I totally get it! I'd probably say the same. But after that, I was determined to get that same reaction out of a healthier milkshake!

Say hello to banana + peanut butter milkshakes...

I have been making him these ridiculously simple things ever since and he inhales them. No dairy and added sugars needed! And I always advise you to make the full recipe so you can enjoy some yourself : )



Toddler Banana + Peanut Butter "Milkshake"
serves 2

2 medium bananas (frozen)
1 c. vanilla unsweetened almond milk
1 heaping spoonful of organic peanut butter (almond butter is fine too)
1 tsp. ground flax or chia seeds
2 shakes of cinnamon

Directions:

Place bananas, almond milk, vanilla and nut butter in a blender.

Blend for 1 minute.

Add in cinnamon and flax.

Blend again until smooth.

So easy and so yummy!