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A Winter “One”-Derland Themed Party

17th December 2013

We had such a lovely Birthday party for sweet L. I knew I wanted a Winter Wonderland theme with her birthday being so close to Christmas. Plus we don’t really get a Winter here in Florida, so I wanted it to be special, fun, festive and bring winter here to the sunshine state. I was inspired by snowflakes and silver with cool blues, mints, and mauves. I wanted it to have a wintery, icy feel.

I loved getting creative with the food and naming them things like “muddy snowballs” for the meatballs, “Ice chips” for the chips and dip and “snowflakes” for the popcorn. I made all of the party crafts myself out of card stock and I made the serving platters out of antique silver trays glued atop crystal candle holders.


Location: Sawyer Lake Park at Heathrow Country Club, FL

Photography: Artful Life Studios

Food: Friends and Family

Cake: I wanted to make a healthy cake and since we mostly follow the Paleo diet, I made a Paleo smash cake that was so good.

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Dessert Table

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Food/Drink Table

Food table fruit salad party penguins

melted snow

Crafts/Party Favors/Gift Table

popcorn and activities Gift table

Cake Time! I made L a Paleo coconut vanilla cake with coconut and maple butter frosting. It was soooooo good, and she loved it.

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A lot of L’s little friends came to help celebrate her turning one!

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We had such a great time! And I am still in shock that my baby is 1!!!







Our little Owl

2nd November 2013

This is two days late, but HAPPY OWL-OWEEN from our little owl. Oh, and HEY NOVEMBER!!!! I am actually really excited to get into the Holiday spirit. Bring on the Christmas songs and twinkle lights. So Thankful for so much this year….especially thankful for this little munch.
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Fall is here.

16th October 2013

It is hard to get into the spirit of Fall when you live in Florida. Our Fall does not really show itself until Christmas, and even then it has its humid moments. This weekend we embraced the Fall for what it is here in the sunshine state, and went to an arts festival, ate kettle corn and pumpkin pie gelato, went to a pumpkin patch and took pictures, bought pumpkins and went for a drive in the country. It was festive and relaxing. While the rest of the Country is pulling on their boots and sweaters and raking leaves (I’m not jealous), I am still enjoying my sandals and warm weather. This weekend was perfection, and Fall is here, so I am embracing our warm weather version of my favorite time of year. DSC_0441MesmerizedDSC_0516Daddy's GirlDSC_0581DSC_0558

Oh, Hello Again.

21st August 2013

I am back from Ohio and trying to kick myself into gear. I had such an incredible time with my Grandmother and family. It went by way too fast…as things do when you are having fun. It was the first time I had been back to Ohio since my Grandfather passed away and there was a little something melancholy and sweet about my time there. Strangely enough, it was the most relaxed I have been in a VERY long time. Ohio always seems to do that to me though, life just slows down while I am there and I always feel so at peace.

We took a 4 generations picture with my Grandmother, Mother, me, and L. We went to the zoo, went shopping, and played games while sipping hot tea. We relaxed by the pond on the swing my Grandfather purchased before he passed, and we laughed, remembered, and enjoyed good conversation.

I am already looking forward to going back…I always hate to leave.

Swinging with GrandmaSweet FaceJoyfulBlissA walk around the yardColumbus ZooZoo DayManateeFour GenerationsGrandma, Great Aunt Dorothy, and usGrandma and her Great-GrandchildGirls day out.


15th July 2013

We are back from a relaxing and restorative vacation in Maine. A cabin, a lake, friends, campfires, marshmallows, and board games…it doesn’t get much better. We went last year when I was pregnant with L and this year seemed so different…so needed. We have been so stressed and uptight with all that has happened in our lives this past year. We bought a home, moved, had a baby, lost both of my Grandfathers, and have had some financial difficulties that we have been recovering from…so yes, this vacation was MUCH needed.

L did amazing on the flight and only fussed once out of boredom (it was a 3 hour flight). We spent a lot of lazy days at the cabin and two days out and about for a lobster roll and shopping, but mostly we just took in the simplicity of the nature around us.

I went for a couple morning jogs, to make up for all of the buttery, sugary, salty yumminess that I indulged in while on vacation, and it was one of my favorite moments while there. The fresh air, the time alone, the adrenaline rush…maybe I should making running a daily thing.

Overall we came back, sad that it was over, but with a feeling of renewal about where we are in our lives currently. We tend to put so much added pressure on ourselves to have things a certain a way and it was so nice to take a step back and feel whole again…so with our new restored mindset we are jumping back into the daily grind with a few changes.

First, we are doing a 30 day Paleo cleanse to get healthy and fit and second, I am going to focus on getting our lives more organized.

It’s going to be great.

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One Busy Summer

18th July 2012

I am just catching a breath after the last month of travel. It has been a whirlwind. I went to the Keys for my friend Charity’s Bachelorette weekend. It was a great time with some great girls. Shortly after coming home from the Keys, Ryan and I flew to Maine to spend a week with some friends at their lake house. It was so relaxing and peaceful. Time just kind of slows down up there, and that was nice.
After returning from Maine, we had a Doctors appointment and got to see our sweet baby again. Then we celebrated Charity’s wedding to her sweet husband Erwin. Shortly after that, Me and my sister-in-law Meghan drove over to Tampa for the weekend to see Coldplay and enjoy a little girls getaway. Coldplay was amazing and so was the company.
The next week Ryan and I drove to Charlotte, NC to help my brother a week before he married the love of his life, Lilia. It was a beautiful time with friends and family and a gorgeous wedding between two very deserving people.
We are home now and trying to catch our breath. Tomorrow we have a big day…we find out the sex of our baby. I am super excited! I hope you all have had a wonderful summer so far. I look forward to sharing with you all the news of our little one soon.
Here are some pictures of our summer so far…
The girlsKey lime pieSouthernmost pointScallopsSunsetFishing at duskSeasideLighthouseAcadia National ParkFathers Day in MaineAcadia National ParkThe closest we came to a moose

West Coast Fun

10th November 2011

Ryan and I have been all over the place these last few months and I keep wondering to myself when we will slow down, not that I am complaining. We recently headed out West for a friends wedding. I love the West Coast. I love the weather, the beaches, the mountains, hiking trails, shopping, and the food. I had never been to San Francisco before and after our little trip, I am officially in love with the Bay City. On our first day, we walked around San Fran and then drove south a little ways to Aptos, CA. We stayed at an UHHHHmazzzing house on the beach and awoke to the sun rising over the Pacific. We spent the entire next day in Monterey, CA staring at fish in an enormous aquarium and driving along the coast. The rest of the weekend was filled with wedding festivities. It was a beautiful wedding and a lovely time with some of the best people I know.
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It’s a Monday: Fall is here

3rd October 2011

Oh happy day, Fall is here! The weather this weekend was perfect. On Saturday my Mom, sister, and I went for a road trip to Blowing Rock, NC for an art festival. It was a beautiful drive and it snowed while we were there! A tiny bit of snow, but it was snow. The mountains are beautiful this time of year when the leaves are just changing. I am glad I got the chance to see a little bit of Fall in the mountains before heading back home to Florida. That same evening we went to cheer my Dad and his buddy Bill on as they accepted their trophy for winning second place in a golf tournament. Sunday we went to a Gem Show and looked at rocks, it was fun and more importantly it was outside. Most of this weekend was spent outside, and it was glorious. I hope you all had a lovely weekend.

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Last Days in Costa Rican Paradise

29th September 2011

On our last days in Costa Rica we decided to take it easy. We went to the Arenal Hanging Bridges and went for a little nature hike. It felt like something out of Jurassic Park. The rainforest was so dense and quiet. It was a beautiful walk across bridges that overlooked the jungle, waterfalls, and had a great view of the Volcano. Afterwards we drove to a little place that looked like Switzerland for a Swiss lunch. Then we drove into the town of La Fortuna and walked around. It was incredibly peaceful.

The next day we decided to do nothing. We had a nice breakfast and then went straight to the pool. I had a facial and a massage, and then we had lunch in town. That evening we went to the Eco Termales Hot Springs. That may have been the best decision we made the whole trip. It was beautiful, we had the whole place to ourselves and we just lounged in the various pools of hot natural spring water while it lightly rained. My skin is still soft from the water.

The last day, we had to get up early and drive to San Jose to catch our flight. The drive was beautiful but bittersweet. I cannot wait to return to Costa Rica. It completely won me over. I love the environment, the people, the beaches, the mountains, and the overall atmosphere of the Country. I am looking forward to next time.

Arenal Hanging BridgesNature WalkBridgeJungleWaterfallHanging BridgeHanging BridgesArenal VolcanoLa Fortuna ChurchView from the poolPool LoungingEco Termales Hot Springs