Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Bachelorette


I am a Bachelor/Bachelorette/Bachelor in Paradise fan. Ugh, there I said it. It all started a few years back when Ashley was the Bachelorette. I only started watching it again (I watched the two seasons of Bachelor and first season of Bachlorette and then got bored) because my girlfriends were watching it and I wanted to be able to chime in. Well I got sucked back into it and lived for it. I love the drama! I love the sappy proposals and the fashion.

But this season was lackluster at best. Were ratings so bad that they cut the budget for travel and proposals? It felt like Kaitlyn and her suitors spent 6 weeks in Ireland. Don't get me wrong, it is beautiful there and a place I would love to visit, but what happened to a new place each week? What happened to the hometown dates? Instead everyone went to Utah, to a hotel resort to meet the families. And the proposal happened in the LA mansion? A not so special place where many scandalous things have happened.

And it seemed like contestants were dropping like flies. How long was this season compared to others?

I am happy that Kaitlyn chose Shawn B. I am not happy that it was spoiled through snapchat and made this season even more boring.

Step up your game Bachelor franchise and have them travel. And please oh please don't let Nick be on any other season.

Even though this season wasn't great, Bachelor in Paradise 2 starts Sunday, on my birthday, and you guessed it, I will be front and center watching it this season. Oh the drama.

What did you think of this season's Bachelorette (show and star)? Do you think Ben H. or Ben Z. will be the next Bachelor?

And there you have my two cents...

Monday, July 27, 2015

Weekending

Monday again. I can finally function after having two strong cups of coffee. And speaking of coffee, I finally bought an electric tea kettle, a french press and coffee to drink at work. I usually grab coffee and a pastry in the morning on the way to work, but we just don't have time in the mornings with dropping the girls off at daycare. Plus when we added it up, we were spending $50 to $75 a week. So now with an initial investment of the kettle and french press, we will spend $15 every few weeks on good coffee.

Anyways, back to the weekend. After work on Friday, we grabbed some lunch and then headed home to feed the girls and hang out. We didn't do much Friday night. Saturday we grabbed brunch and did a bunch of errands. We were in desperate need of groceries, pet food, coffee supplies and household items. This took quite a bit of our day along with feeding and playing with our girls. That night I made dinner (so much easier to make dinners on weekends) and we caught up on some of our tv shows.
 Cuties
 Sunday selfies with mommy. Sutton is unimpressed.
Baby chilling time.

Sunday was spent moving furniture. A couple months ago we got a new couch from family and just put it in our living room. We had other plans to move it and make it more permanent. But then I had surgery and couldn't lift anything heavier than 15 pounds for a month. Now that I can, we moved our entire living room around. This meant moving heavy couches, a heavy entertainment center, coffee table, rug, console/storage piece, all the items on and in these things, cleaning all those areas, etc. It was a lot of work. And we had two babies to entertain the entire time too.

I am tired and sore from it all, but it looks so good. I am so much happier with the layout and gives us more room to hang out with the babies. And more room for them to crawl and move around (in the future).

After the moving, we made dinner, tended to the babies and went to bed earlier.

This weekend also meant trying another food for the girls. This time...honeycrisp apples. Sutton loved it. She was so excited for it and even "begged" for it. Avery on the other hand, gagged and wasn't too sure. I think she doesn't like the spoon because when I used my finger, she loved it. So we will give them apples for a few days and then hope to give them avocado next.
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Sutton eating applesauce.

It was a pretty good weekend. A fast one, but a good weekend.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Five

You know the drill. It's Friday and that means Friday Five. So let's get right down to business.

One. My Birthday is in 9 days. I can't believe it is almost August. Shout out to my fellow Leos out there. I added two other items to my birthday wish list.
Some new sunnies like these Ray-Bans

Two. Sleep. The girls are in a bit (an awful) sleep regression. Between the two of them, it seems like we wake up hourly from 1 am to 5 am. Mommy and daddy really need a full nights rest princess girls.

Three. Down the Rabbit Hole: Cautionary Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny.
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I am just a few pages away from finishing this ebook, and I love it. Holly always seemed so happy and in love with Hef (yes I watched the Girls Next Door religiously), but in her book, it shows a much different side to her and the mansion. Great little fun read.

Four. My umbilical hernia surgery. So I had my surgery almost 5 weeks ago. My incision has healed, the bruising is gone, and I am left with a scar and semi innie. I am not sure I am happy with the results. The surgeon who did my surgery did my breast abscess and the scar looks amazing. But this new one has some folds and isn't as "clean". And while my belly button is way more in than before, there is still a slight bulge on one side. So I am making an appointment (which I needed to for my final post op) to have it checked out and see what he can do.

Five. Jeans. I am still wanting, needing and dreaming about those comfy DL1961 jeans from my Stitch Fix box. But I need to wait until I am fully weaned from pumping and let my body figure itself out before investing in a pair. And speaking of weaning, next week starts the month long process. I will go from 5 pumps per day to 4. And each week I will take a pump out per day. Sad and bittersweet, but it is time.

Hope you all have a good weekend.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Weekending

Oh, blog how I feel like I have neglected you. But I am so tired. This momma is having a rough time staying awake today due to the massive amounts of fun I had this weekend (#natyouraveragebach).

Friday was a crazy, stressful and fast day. After work, I got my nails done. Felt so good, but took a long time. I had to rush home to get Walter and take him to his grooming appointment. Then rush home, so my husband could help my dad and his friend fix a leaky faucet outside. But then Walter's appointment went too long and it was almost time for my hair appointment (I really thought I could get all these appointments done in one day...nope). So my husband had to pick up Walter, and I stayed at the house as long as I could (my appt was only 5 minutes away) and then my dad took over watching the girls temporarily until my husband got back.

I got my hair done and it felt so good. Blown out and all, I looked gorgeous. Then I came home to the babes and proceeded to get spit up on (story of my life) and had to pick up dinner and somethings from my trip. So I headed out with fabulous hair, spit up on my shirt and sort of put together. Life as a mommy, I tell ya. And then I still needed to pump and pack for my trip. I think I got done at 11 pm. Ugh. And I had to be up at 4:45 am for my trip.

But then the fun happened all weekend. I can't keep up with the girls as much as I would have liked to, but I still had a great time. I love those girls and can't wait to share Nathalie's wedding day by her side.

Here are a few pictures from this weekend...I have so many more (over a couple hundred), but these will give you an idea of all the pretty amazing ladies I hung out with this weekend.
Even though it rained a ton (tropical storm with massive lightening and thunder) in San Diego, we went to a pool party, nightclub, bars and so much more. Thank you so much to T and M for planning this weekend. Now hopefully my liver recovers in time for Nathalie's wedding (one month from tomorrow)!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Favorites and Justin Timberlake

It's Friday again and I couldn't be happier. And what makes this week even better was I had yesterday off and today is only a half day at work.

Let's get onto Friday Favorites and my link up with Karli at September Farm.

One. Justin Timberlake aka my second husband #sisterwives style. It's no secret (to those who know me) that I love me some JT. I am dying to go to one of his shows...to bad he isn't touring. But the good news is, I met this handsome fella yesterday at the American Century Celebrity Golf Classic in Lake Tahoe, NV. It's no surprise that his crowd was larger than anyone there and there are some big celebrities/atheletes there (Aaron Rodgers, Jerry Rice, John Elway, Alex Smith, etc.). But after his round, I finally met JT and he even interacted with my husband over the Golden State Warriors. Day/Week/Month made!
 There is a video of him on my IG if you are interested.

Two. Again, the ACC tournament. My husband, dad and I went yesterday. We all love golf, love Lake Tahoe and love beautiful weather. And we got all three. So much fun.
 Larry the Cable Guy (he even made fun of my dad and my dad loved it)
Mr. Aaron Rodgers himself. My husband is his doppelganger.
 My husband and I. See gorgeous weather.

Three. Nathalie's bachelorette party. I am off to sunny San Diego tomorrow morning with several amazing ladies for some bachelorette shenanigans. This is my first big (3 days) trip away from my ladies, and I am going to miss them. But I am really looking forward to lots of girl time and so much fun. Let the festivities begin!
 The bride and I at my wedding almost two years ago.

Four. Beautifying myself. I have been getting lots of beauty treatments all week in preps for the bachelorette party and a much needed refresher to myself. On today's agenda...getting my nails done and my hair done. My hair needs it. It is starting to fall out (post pregnancy hair loss) and isn't looking as beautiful as it was. Guess what everyone says about losing it (just losing the excess I never did while pregnant) is true. I know Kyra will make it beautiful again.

Five. Tieks. Obsessed with these ballet flats and I have been dropping hints to my husband that I really want them for my birthday. And since they are $175 per pair (but lifetime guarantee on them), I haven't bit the bullet. But let's face it, I wear flats every single day to work and even on the weekends. I need these in my life. Anyone have experience with them? Do you love them? And speaking of my birthday, it is a few days over 2 weeks away. Ahh.
I want all the colors. image

Have a good weekend all and don't forget to link up here.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Stitch Fix #2

I got my second Stitch Fix in the mail yesterday. I was really excited about it, even though I am not supposed to be spending money (on anything). But I figured if I really loved items, I could ask my parents to buy them for me as a birthday present.

What is Stitch Fix?

Basically it is a shopping service. You take a quiz (even price range) about your personal fashion style, pin items to your Stitch Fix Style Board and send a message to your stylist about things you want included (maxi dress, jeans, work clothes, tank tops, etc.) or events you are attending in the future. You schedule a fix and pay a $20 styling fee which goes towards any items you keep. And if you keep all 5 items, then you get 25% off the entire box! So then your stylist works on a box for you. It is sent to you to try on at home with your own items from your closet and in the privacy of your house (plus no unflattering dressing room mirrors).

Super simple and a great idea especially if you need to change your style, don't have time to go to stores or you keep buying the same styles of clothing over and over. Your stylist will send you things you might not think you would like, but the idea is to try them on and see what you think. You might just be surprised.

Want to try Stitch Fix? And you feel like helping this momma out? You can use my referral link and I can get a $25 credit. And let's face it, this momma needs all the help she can get with having twins.

Ok, onto my July Fix.

Here is the note my stylist sent me...
Hi Danielle! I love your Pinterest board! I'm sending you new pieces to try using your Pins as inspiration for you Fix requests :) For skinny jeans, try the DL1961 denim. They are on the pricey side, but will last forever, have great stretch and are super flattering. Try them on with the summer top options. The cobalt, lace detail blouse reminded me of some of the lace items from your board. The yellow embroidered striped tank is a more casual option and I thought it would be perfect for you're taking care of your little ones! For dresses, for your summery occasions try the teal green crochet dress with a pair of nude heels. I love the bottom hem and how it's sheer. Lastly, I had to send you the pink maxi and I think the length will be perfect for you to stay comfortable and still look chic. Let me know how it goes! xo, Elyse
 

#1 Brixon Ivy Jarred Lace Detail Cap-Sleeve Blouse - $68.00 and #2 DL1961 Senuri Straight Leg Jean - $168.00
First, please excuse the poor mirror selfies (my husband busy was at his softball game winning the championship to take photos). I pulled out the top and loved the color. I wasn't sure if I would like the lace detailing as my girls love to pull and chew on my clothing, but I really like the way it fits. I could wear it with slacks for work, jeans for going out, or even buy a pair of white skinnies for a fun summery look. And as for the jeans, I loved the feel, but I am not loving the price. I don't mind paying a lot for jeans if they fit, feel and look good (which these do), but I am transitioning between pumping and not and I am afraid I will gain some weight. The only thing other than the price that I don't like is they are a higher rise. So I am very much undecided. What do you think? Verdict: Undecided.

#3 Le Sample Kahlo Embroidered Racerback Tank - $38.00
When I pulled this top out of the box, I didn't know what to think of it. I knew it was super soft and something I wouldn't normally chose for myself, but after putting it on, I loved it. It is flowy, soft and great to wear while taking care of my girls. Plus it would look great a pair of shorts too. Verdict: Undecided.

#4 Brixon Ivy Donya Crochet Dress - $88.00
I loved this dress when I first saw it, but then I tried it on. First, it doesn't fully zip up on the sides because of my large "milkers". And since I have large ones, it fit awkwardly at the waist. It was too big and frumpy. I did like the bottom where it is sheer showing off the pattern of the dress very well. Verdict: Returned. 

#5 Tart Shaina Maxi Dress - $98.00
I am in love with this dress. I love the colors, fabric cut and everything about it. Except, I am thinking it is a bit low cut for me. Maybe because of my mom milkers? This picture doesn't do the dress justice. But my boobs feel and look huge in this. What do you all think? Verdict: Undecided.

So here is where you all come in. I need help deciding what to keep and what to return. Keep in mind that I want things that I can wear for awhile, wear with a lot of options and I can get my money's worth out of them. I have until Friday to make my decision, so please help me. 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Weekending

Another weekend in the books. And a quick one at that. It went so fast and I don't feel like we did anything really productive.

After work on Friday, my husband and I had lunch together before picking up the girls (it was right at their feeding time when we got off). After we got home, I cleaned the bottles and headed back out. I had to get my mud flap put on my car (it wasn't in on Monday) and try to buy some make-up before my pedicure. Rough life, I know. And I really broke my spending freeze this weekend and my wallet isn't all to happy about it.

I didn't get my make up and had to go back out yesterday for it. But I did get my car done, so that's a win. She is back to as normal (after the accident) as can be.

That evening we went out to dinner and relaxed. Saturday we headed out for breakfast, did a few things around the house and ran some errands. We picked up dinner for that night, plus everything for this week. I prepped the salsa and dessert for dinner that night since we were having our in-laws over for dinner. We made carne asada tacos, with spanish rice, homemade salsa and guacamole and strawberry shortcake for dessert. And we all took a walk between dinner and dessert with the girls in their carriers.
 Baby Girls chilling
Daddy and Sutton
 
Sunday we brunched again and cleaned the house. And we played with the girls all day. We didn't do much else it seems, but the time flew by.

And now it is Monday and we have a full plate of things this week. The girls have their 6 month check-ups tomorrow (only two weeks late) with shots and all. My husband has his championship softball game tomorrow night (big leagues here folks, haha). I get my hair done Friday and have to prep for my weekend away from my girls (big bachlorette party this weekend in San Diego).

Speaking of weddings and things. I saw these at Macy's this weekend and thought they might work for my bridesmaids dress. What do you all think?

Hope you all had a good weekend.