Favorites in Threes

I came across this fun little survey awhile ago and thought it’d be a fun one to fill out.

FAVORITE BINGE SHOWS
Pretty Little Liars
Private Practice
Grey’s

FAVORITE MOVIES
Home Alone
Father of the Bride I & II
Disney’s Cinderella

FAVORITE TRIPS 
Arizona
Italy
Oahu

FAVORITE BOOKS 
Honestly, any mystery / thriller or psychology books

FAVORITE CITIES IN THE US
Scottsdale, AZ
Wayzata, MN — it’s the cutest little town to visit
Estes Park, CO

FAVORITE PLACES TO EAT IN MN (Local places)
Cosetta’s
Good Earth
SpoonRiver

FAVORITE HOLIDAYS
Thanksgiving
Christmas
Easter
I also LOVE Valentine’s Day

FAVORITE SUBJECTS IN HIGH SCHOOL/COLLEGE
Psychology
Design
Advertising

TOP THREE PLACES TO SHOP 
J. Crew
Nordstrom
Athleta
Basically everything in my closet is from those three places

THREE FAVORITE NAIL POLISH COLORS 
Light Pink
Black
White

THREE THINGS I ALWAYS HAVE IN MY PURSE
iPhone / keys / wallet
Diapers + wipes
Toys for Fletcher

THREE TYPICAL MORNING BREAKFASTS
Protein shake
Yogurt with fruit and granola or almonds
Ezekiel sprouted grain toast with PB

FAVORITE DRINK AT STARBUCKS THAT I ACTUALLY GET ON A REGULAR BASIS
Iced venti americano
Cafe latte
Iced coffee

TOP THREE FAVORITE GAMES TO PLAY 
Clue
Monopoly Deal
Backgammon
I also love Scattergories and Cribbage

PLACES I STILL WANT TO VISIT
London
Greece
Ireland

FAVORITE  THINGS TO BUY AT TRADER JOE’S
Roasted red pepper and tomato soup
Everything But the Bagel Seasoning
Acai packets for making acai bowls at home

FAVORITE  WORKOUT ACTIVITIES
Lifting
Running
Rollerblading

FAVORITE THING TO EAT FOR DINNER
Salad
Soup
Sandwich

FAVORITE DESSERTS
Froyo
Brownies
Ice cream

FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE
Philippians
Exodus (lol, I’ve just always loved the stories in that one)
Romans

FAVORITE FAMILY TRADITIONS
Baking cookies / making homemade chex mix every year with family
Watching Home Alone the night we put up our tree
Driving around to look at Christmas lights

FAVORITE INDOOR ACTIVITIES ON RAINY DAYS
Reading
Napping
Cleaning / organizing

FAVORITE WAYS TO MAKE TIME FOR MYSELF
Hot bath
Reading
Pedicure
Also — working out

Pick a category or two and answer below! :)

Fletcher's First Trip to the Library

Yesterday morning, I met my sister and my nieces at the library for the baby story time. I was originally planning on taking Fletcher to the library for the first time this week just to grab some books, but then when my sister told me that there was a special baby story event, we decided to attend that in addition to browsing the kids’ section of the library.

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Fletcher dressed up for his first book club meeting and was very enthusiastic about having a special morning out with his cousins!

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This was Fletcher’s first time attending anything like this and he LOVED it so much!

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I was honestly surprised at how into it and attentive he was!

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I was so proud of my little dude!

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We sat in a circle with a bunch of other babies and followed along with our own copies of the books while the children’s librarian read them and did actions / sounds to go with them.

My friend Jenna and her adorable two-month old daughter, Lily, were there too — it was such a fun surprise especially since it was her first time attending this event as well.

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We read three books and then there were some little games and things before they brought out a tub of toys and all the babies were living their best lives.

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Becca and Chloe did the honor of entertaining Fletcher with the toys and he was enjoying it so much!

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At one point, I looked down and saw that Becca had reached out and was holding Fletcher’s little hand. So sweet!

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After the story time event was done, we headed into the children’s library area to check out a few books and then head out! Fletcher was getting really tired by this point — hence the look on his face, ha ha. He’s holding one of his very favorite toys — his godparents gave him this sweet little rattle toy and he just loves it so much!

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Afterwards, we stopped for froyo since we were in the area, hung out for awhile, and then headed home.

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We spent a good chunk of the afternoon reading some of the books that we checked out that morning.

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It’s so fun to see this little bookworm getting so excited whenever we turn the page! This was the first of many library trips for Fletcher — I can’t wait to bring him again!

PS I’m linking up for today! Have a great weekend!

Donuts with Dad

My start date for my new job got pushed out a week so I have been enjoying a few days off with Fletcher! Yesterday, we decided to go visit Andy at work so that we could show Fletcher his office and also introduce him to his coworkers.

We stopped to pick up donuts for everyone on the way there — Fletcher loved looking all around the grocery store as we walked through the aisles and then had the cutest smile on his face when we put the boxes of donuts in the backseat with him.

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Once we arrived, we headed inside to meet the team! A flock of people instantly crowded around Fletcher ooing and awing at him and he was LOVING the attention!

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It was the cutest thing to see him take everything in.

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Sitting at dad’s desk like a big kid!

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Fletcher loved checking out the toy that dad had on his desk!

We had so much fun visiting Andy at work and hope to visit again sometime soon!

A Day in the Life - Weekday Edition

Monday was my last day at Target, so I thought I’d snap some photos throughout my day since it’s the end of that chapter!

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I’m so excited to start my new job — it’s been fun working with my friends at Target’s headquarters, but I’m ready to get back into illustration again!

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I was up around 6am since I didn’t need to get out the door as early as usual — it felt good to “sleep in” for an extra hour! I threw together a quick breakfast consisting of organic plain Greek yogurt, fresh peaches and strawberries, and granola. I almost always sip on some iced coffee in the mornings while getting ready, too.

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I took a shower and got ready for the day but didn’t spend a ton of time on my hair or makeup since I was heading to a sports massage appointment before work. I pulled a muscle in my back over the weekend so I booked an appointment to get some bodywork done.

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Once I was ready, I quickly ran outside to water our flowers before Fletcher woke up from his morning nap.

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Fletcher woke up shortly after I came back inside so I changed his diaper and swapped out his jammies for a onesie.

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Then, Fletcher and I headed downstairs where he played with his toys while I finished packing up my million bags for the day. It was mid-morning by this point so I grabbed a protein bar from my packed lunch (shown below) to eat while finishing up since the rest of my morning was busy.

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Here’s my lunch + snacks for the day! Kale + cabbage + broccoli slaw salad with cashews, sesame seeds, almonds, and cheese, almonds, pretzels, fresh strawberries (to add to my salad), carrots, and a protein bar.

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Once Fletcher’s nanny arrived, I chatted with her for a few minutes and then headed out the door for my appointment.

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A sports massage sounds relaxing but it’s actually kind of painful, ha ha. She did a great job of loosening up my tight hips, glutes, and lower back.

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After the massage, I quickly showered and applied makeup in the locker room.

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I swung by the club’s cafe to check my work email before hitting the road. Since it was my last day, there weren’t really any urgent messages to deal with so I grabbed some water and headed out.

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One of the perks of going into work later in the morning was that there was no traffic! I flew the whole way there, parked, and then headed inside.

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My first stop was to do a quick pumping session before heading up to my floor. I work while I pump because it helps the time go by faster and makes it easier to pump without being disruptive to my workday.

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Once I was done, I headed up to the kitchen to work while eating lunch.

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Our nanny sends pictures / videos of Fletcher to us throughout the day and it’s always one of our favorite things!

Next thing I knew, it was time for a meeting so I headed to that, worked some more, and then went to one last meeting to chat about the transition with my replacement. After that, I dropped off my laptop and headed out!

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I had dinner plans to meet my auntie on the patio of our favorite restaurant and it was a gorgeous night for it!

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I arrived a little early so I walked through The Galleria to do a little window shopping.

I ended up browsing around at Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware for a bit to see what they had on the floor. We’ve been trying to really commit to making time to shop for furniture so that we can get our main level finished but man, it’s hard to find the time when you work full time and have a baby! I chatted with the sales guy at RH for awhile and asked his opinion on a few items and then headed back down the hall towards Good Earth.

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On the way there, I noticed that Creative Kidstuff was closing and everything was super clearanced so I decided to pop in and check it out. I found a couple of items for Fletcher’s Christmas present and I’ve probably said this a million times, but I just love shopping for my little guy!

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My aunt and I enjoyed a great dinner outside — she’s one of my favorite people ever and spending time with her just makes me so happy!

After a couple of hours, we parted ways and I headed home to unpack my bags while catching up with Andy. Fletcher woke up from a nap shortly after I arrived home so I changed him into his jammies, fed him, played for a bit since he was super active and chatty, and then put him down for the night.

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I got ready for bed and fell asleep right away!

PS I’m linking up with Lindsay for today!

June 2019 Goals

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted some goals — in fact, it looks like March was the last month that featured a monthly goals post. While we’re on that topic — let’s revisit those goals real quick and see where we’re at with them.

March 2019 Goals:
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1. Introduce Bottles
Done! We introduced these in early March and had no issues with him taking a bottle. We use these ones per his pediatrician’s recommendation and love that they are glass instead of plastic! Plus, they’re super cute and come in a variety of colors.

2. Schedule a Dental Cleaning
Done! I had no cavities, either! :)

3. Enjoy Maternity Leave
Done! I actually unexpectedly had a bit of an extended maternity leave since my first 3ish weeks back at work were super slow and only required me to be in the office a couple days per week while I did the rest of my work from home.

4. Look into Infant CPR Class
Done! We found someone that actually teaches this in your own home so we’re going to see if we can get a few other couples to join us and then book the appt!

5. Get Back into Blogging Routine
This is hit or miss — I try to blog as often as I can because I really enjoy it so much, but sometimes it’s hard to find the time with work, family, and sleep! ;)

June 2019 Goals:

1. Order Updated Pictures of Fletcher
I’d like to add these to his baby book, update the ones on our fridge, and send new photos to family / friends.

2. Update Fletcher’s Baby Book
I’ve been slacking on the actual book part but have been taking detailed notes month-by-month in the Notes app on my phone, so all I need to do is transfer the milestones and then add the pictures to go along with them.

3. Work Out Five Days Per Week
I want to make this a regular habit again — for awhile I kept telling myself I didn’t have time but what it really boils down to was that I wasn’t making time for it! It makes me feel so good so it needs to be a top priority even when things get busy!

4. Weekly Manicures
I used to be so good about doing weekly manicures and would really like to get back into that again — it’s just one of those little things that makes a big difference for me.

5. Update My Library Request List
I’d love to get some new books sent to my iPad so that I can get back into reading more often again!

What’s something you’d love to accomplish this month?
Do you usually set goals for the summer?