Saturday, March 18, 2017

Our Not So Little Secret...

Baby Royal is coming October 2017!!
Josh and I are beyond excited for all our friends and family to finally know the secret we've been keeping for the past 11 weeks.  Baby Royal is already so loved by so many and we are so thankful for all the people who have already wished us the best.  We definitely cannot ask for a better support system. 
 To our baby's soon-to-be Nanny, Papa, Mimi, and Pops: you guys have been the best secret keepers ever and we both cannot believe y'all have lasted this long!  This baby is already spoiled by having the best grandparents we ever could have asked for.  We love you!
We first found out about our little blessing on my birthday, the best birthday present I ever could've asked for!  I am 11 weeks along and so far I have been very blessed with minimal sickness, although I sleep like I'm in hibernation! It has been amazing to me how much you can fall in love with someone you've never even met.  This baby has only been a prayer and an element of wonder and now it is such a reality.  We couldn't be happier! 
Baby Royal, I am so excited to find out what kind of man or woman you are going to grow up to be!  Your Daddy and I love you so much more than you could ever imagine!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Christmas at the Biltmore Estate + New Year's Resolutions

Sweater // Denim // Boots // Scarf // Beanie // Bag

Happy Tuesday! The photos from this blog post were taken during our trip to North Carolina.  One of the days we were there we ventured to Asheville and visited the Biltmore Estate.  It was such a beautiful place and I definitely recommend going if you ever have the chance.  The views were remarkable and the Vanderbilt mansion was imaginably gorgeous, especially decorated for Christmas!
Today is the first day back to school with all my prek babies back in the classroom, and the first week back in grad school. I am missing the mountains and the cool air from North Carolina, but I have to admit, I really missed the kids during Christmas break! Today was full of stories about their time off of school and what they got for Christmas, and we even made New Year's resolutions (most of which are hilarious...oh to have the goals of a preschooler).  

I have decided to share a few of my New Year's resolutions with you, in hopes that (1.) it will inspire you to set attainable goals for yourself, and (2.) this might give me some accountability to stick to them! 

  1. Cook More Often: I love cooking, but absolutely hate cleaning up the mess! This year, I am going to try to cook new, healthier meals for Josh and I and eat out a lot less!  If you have any recipe ideas for us, please post them in the comments so I can try them out!
  2. Travel: I love to travel, and there are many places on my list to travel to.  This year, I am going to stop talking about going, and just take off! I have already started on this resolution by booking two trips already for this year: Washington D.C. in March, and Dallas in September!
  3. Blog!: I am going to shoot for 2 blog posts a week! I love blogging and sharing my experiences with you all and I am going to try and be more frequent in doing that!
  4. Grow deeper in Christ: In 2016, I read the entire New Testament by following a devotional book written by the lead pastors at our church.  Through time with God each day, I found myself a lot more at peace throughout my daily life and I found myself to be a much better wife and partner to Josh when trying my best to love him in the way Christ loves us.  I am going to continue pursuing my quiet time each day by reading my newest daily devotional book, The Confident Woman Devotional, and other Christ-centered novels.  I love reading, and if you have any great books to recommend, please let me know!
 Ok so this blog post is really long! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fantastic week!


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Goodbye 2016

Top // White Denim // Booties // Crossbody Bag // Necklace // Cuff Bracelet // Watch

Happy New Year! The New Year is full of possibilities, new adventures, and having new goals for life.  It's such a refreshing time of year! 2016 was such an exciting year for Josh and I because we got married! We spent the year celebrating our upcoming marriage, moving in together, and growing closer as a united couple and growing closer to God.  Now in 2017, I am continuing my graduate education, working on my blog, and focusing on living a cleaner life both physically and mentally.

Josh and I decided to end 2016 with a trip to find some cooler weather, so we went to the (very) small town of Murphy, North Carolina.  We stayed in my grandmother's cabin in the mountains and loved the quiet atmosphere away from what we're used to in South Florida.  The weather was in the 30s and 40s and we even experienced some snow on our last day there (which was so cool for a couple of FL natives!!).  We visited the Biltmore in Asheville (photos to come), and took a train ride through the Smoky Mountains. It was such a fun getaway and was a great way to prepare for a busy upcoming year.

I of course had to take some blog photos because it's so pretty up there! This top is so unbelievably soft and cozy, I could wear it every single day! A good pair of white jeans is also always a staple in every closet no matter what time of year.  Pair with some booties and a cute crossbody bag and you're all set!

Do you have any plans and goals for the new year? Share them with me in the comments section!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Casual Holiday Party Look

Sweater // Denim // Boots // Bag (also love this one) // Necklace // Lip Color

Happy Monday! The holidays are approaching faster than ever and I am so excited about it! This weekend my family and I attended a surprise 60th birthday celebration for my uncle and I was able to catch up with family I hadn't seen in a long time!  Then, on Sunday Josh and I went to a Miami Dolphins football game to celebrate Josh's bestie's birthday! In the midst of all of that, I finished the majority of my Christmas shopping (still have a few trinkets to pick up)!  That was an accomplishment in itself! It was such a great weekend spending time with amazing family and friends and it was truly one of those weekends I am so sad is over.  

Today I am sharing a casual outfit that is perfect for those laid back holiday parties.  This denim, from White House Black Market, is so comfortable and I love the leather detailing on the pockets and ankles! My leopard print sweater is one of my favorite pieces of clothing, and being from Florida, I don't get the chance to wear it as often as I'd like to! Every chance I get I throw it on!

How was your weekend? I'd love to hear about it!


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Christmas Gift Guide: Gifts for Him

1. Beats by Dre Pill Speaker (A good bluetooth speaker is perfect for the beach, gameday, for any day!)
2. Prada Mens Sunglasses (Josh has these and they are amazing!)
3. MVMT Leather Strap Watch (Casual enough for everyday and dressy enough for a night out.)
4. Clarisonic Alpha Fit (Because men need nice clean skin too!)
5. The North Face Relaxed Fit Sweater (Stylish and warm)
6. J. Crew Leather Billfold Wallet (Josh also has this and it wears in nicely and lasts forever!)
7. Beats by Dre Powerbeats Wireless Eearphones (Perfect for working out!)
8. NFL Man Cave Bronze Framed Wall Poster (For the sports buff)

Hey guys! I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving and a successful Black Friday! The Christmas season has officially begun and I am so excited about it! I am beyond ready for this first Christmas with my husband and the new traditions we will make together as a family this year. 
In my family, the men are so incredibly difficult to shop for! Every time they want something, they buy it, and when it comes time for Christmas, they have nothing on their list! So frustrating! For all my friends out there who are in a similar situation, here is the solution! This list includes gift ideas the man in your life will actually use!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Christmas Gift Guide: Gifts For Her

1. Beats by Dre UrBeats Earbuds (Everyone needs a good pair of earbuds!)
4.Kendra Scott "Brooke" Stud Earrings (And the matching earrings!)
6. 100 Perfect Hair Days Book (On my wishlist! A different hairstyle every day for 100 days!)
7. Sigma Beauty "Eyes on the Go" Brush Set (The best eye shadow brushes ever!)
8. B.P. Heritage Plaid Infinity Scarf (Cozy and perfect for fall and winter months.)
9. Fitbit Charge 2 Fitness Tracker (For the fitness buff.)
10. MantraBand Cuff (These come in several different little quotes and all are so cute.)

I love Christmas shopping!  I love being able to shop for everyone on my list and pick out something I just know they'll love to open Christmas morning! I will even go so far to tell you that my Christmas list is very close to being complete this year! But some people are just hard to buy for! For those people in our lives, I have compiled a list of fool-proof gift ideas to suite every budget! Happy Shopping!


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A Thanksgiving Side Dish

Thanksgiving is such a special day.  It's a time to get together with close family and friends and cherish all that you are thankful for. And of course, everyone loves Thanksgiving yummies! Today I am sharing a go-to family recipe for hash brown casserole that is the perfect side dish for that turkey! It's super easy and even more delicious!

1 8oz Container of Sour Cream
1 Stick of Butter, Melted
1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 Bag of Southern Style Frozen Hash Browns
1 Bag of Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 box Italian Panko Bread Crumbs

In a big mixing bowl, add melted butter, cream of chicken soup, and sour cream and mix it all together.  Next, stir in cheddar cheese and then slowly mix in the hash browns until all the ingredients are incorporated.  Pour it all into a 13x9 baking pan and bake at 375 degrees for 50 minutes or until the top starts to brown slightly.  Take the dish out of the oven and sprinkle bread crumbs over the top until it is covered.  Bake for 10 more minutes or until the bread crumbs are brown and crispy.  It's as easy as that!!

I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving!