Fletcher's First 4th of July

We’ve never really been big 4th of July people — which I both love and am kinda bummed about at the same time. For one, it’s really nice to just have an extra summer day off but I also wish we had some patriotic traditions to partake in as well.

Here’s a recap of our 4th of July in 2018 and in 2017 (this post makes me miss my long hair!) if you’re interested!

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This year, we kept it pretty low-key since Fletcher is still so little but I hope to incorporate some festive activities once he gets a little older so that he remembers Independence Day as one filled with lots of celebration and red, white, and blue!

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Earlier in the week, his cousins came over for our first 4th of July photoshoot in matching Old Navy tees! We plan to make this an annual tradition with the cousins!

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We’ve gone to the mall on the 4th in years past, so we decided to have Fletcher join us for his first trip to Mall of America.

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The verdict? He LOVED it!

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He loved the sights, the people, and experiencing things in the shops!

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Some of the highlights were the LEGO store, the Disney store, and of course, Barnes & Noble due to the books!

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We ran out of time to hit Nickelodeon Universe so we will most definitely be heading back so that he can experience that — we think he would really enjoy walking through the park and seeing all of the rides, characters, and kids.

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While we were trying on shoes in Nordstrom, Fletcher added his own little festive flair of fireworks in his stroller! We had already changed him twice due to spitting up so he ended up leaving the mall in a soggy, drool-filled polo and a diaper since we ran out of clothes! Note to self — time to start putting 3+ outfits in his diaper bag when we are heading out for a full day!

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All cleaned up and ready to head home!

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Speaking of Independence Day, I’ve been enjoying using my lettering skills on our driveway! Here’s a patriotic themed one I did recently!

Do you have any special 4th of July traditions?

A Date with Fletcher

About a month ago, it worked out that I had four days off between my old job and my new one and it was so fun to spend those days with Fletcher! We spent our time together doing fun activities such as visiting Andy at work and attending Fletcher’s first book club!

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On our last day at home together, we headed out for a little shopping date.

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First, we shopped for some summer clothes for him since he’s quickly growing out of all of his 3 month clothes, which is what has fit him for the past few months. He was awake while we were shopping, so I held up each item and asked him if he liked it — it was so cute because he smiled each time I did this.

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Next, we headed to Barnes & Noble to look at toys and read books in their B&N Jr. section — I had a feeling that he would love this and he did!

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He loved looking at the toys — he always gets so excited whenever we show him something new, so I held things up for him and let him hold them as well.

Next, we picked out a few books and sat down in the children’s section to read — this was definitely my little bookworm’s favorite part of the day!

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We purchased one of the books as a little souvenir from our special day together and then headed home to meet up with Andy, who was on his way home from work!

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We decided to head to IKEA to pick up a few things and we ended up coming home with so many great finds.

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Fletcher was all tuckered out from our afternoon adventure so he snoozed in the stroller the entire time!

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We purchased an organization system for Fletcher’s closet (I’ll share this on the blog soon), drawer organizers, some bins for organizing underneath the cabinets in our master bathroom, and a few other things!

An On-the-Go Weekend

Whew! It was a busy weekend in the books filled with so many great things! I was all caught up on my work by early afternoon on Friday so I (and the majority of people at work) took advantage of kicking off the weekend a little early!

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Since Fletcher was still at home with his nanny, I decided to swing by the gym on the way home for a workout. I’ve been committing to more regular workouts and it feels SO good to move my body — working out is so much more than the physical aspect for me — I just feel so much better, less stressed, and happier when I’m active! I did a shoulders + triceps workout and ended with ten min on the stair mill. Do you want to know what’s longer than a treadmill minute? A stair mill minute because it’s hard to do anything (read, flip to the next song, etc.) without losing your pace / balance.

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We had a low-key night at home — it was super hot outside and the gnats are still terrible around our neighborhood so we stayed in and caught up on some shows. Fletcher ended up napping on me which is my absolute favorite — there’s just nothing like holding a sweet, sleeping babe on your chest.

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The next morning, we were up bright and early to head out for the day. Since it’s been so hot, this quick breakfast has been on regular rotation over here — organic Greek yogurt + my favorite granola from Costco, and frozen berries.

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Once we were all packed up, we hit the road! I whipped up some protein shakes for Andy and I to take on the road — these cups from Costco work SO well because we just toss them when we arrive at work or wherever we are going that day. No more crusty shake / smoothie cups to deal with!

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Fletcher was channeling his inner celebrity status by keeping his sunglasses on inside once we arrived at our destination.

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Andy’s sister, Jen, invited us over to visit the elderly couple that she cares for — she has been showing them picture updates of Fletcher and they wanted to meet the little guy so we brought him for a visit.

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Our time with them was so rewarding — it was so touching to see them so delighted by Fletcher’s visit. Bob said “you made my whole year by bringing this baby to visit us!” Aww!

They also shared that they have been married for 69 years! How cool is that?!

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They were so sweet with him and Fletcher loved meeting them (he loves people!) and spending time with them. Fletcher kept touching Barb’s cheek and it was the sweetest thing!

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After saying goodbye and promising to visit again soon, we headed over to the mall to shop around for a few things. It was Fletcher’s first trip to a mall and he slept like a little angel the whole time. Andy found some new shorts at Nordstrom, and I picked up these new camo tights and a pair of black crops. My favorite lulu pair are hanging on by a thread so I wanted a new pair of black crops and the camo tights caught my eye on my way into the store.

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We also picked up matching 4th of July tees for Fletcher and his cousins so we can start the tradition of taking pics of them in matching shirts.

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On our way home, we swung by our favorite froyo place to get a treat — Andy ended up getting a burger down the block instead because we were starving at this point! I never say no to froyo! :)

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I hit the gym later that evening for a leg workout and then we had another relaxing night at home.

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Fletcher had fun playing with his toys in his crib while I went through some of his dresser drawers to see if anything from the next size up fit him yet. These cute little fox jammies are a little big but it was fun to see him in them!

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On Sunday morning, we met Andy’s friend, Adam, at church — it was Fletcher’s first time at church and he did so well! Fletcher and I hung out in the baby room during the music since it was kind of loud for his little ears, but then we joined Andy and Adam for the rest of the service.

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We quickly grabbed some lunch after church since we had another errand to run. I wasn’t feeling what Andy ended up choosing, so I ran into Starbucks quick to grab a drink and something to eat. Their spinach + feta wrap was so good — would definitely order this again!

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Next up was a stop at CB2 to look around — we ended up ordering some dining chairs and they should be arriving in the next couple of weeks. These six chairs will go around the sides of our table, and then we will get two “statement chairs” for the heads of the table. We’ll eventually swap these side chairs out with something a little nicer, but wanted something more kid-friendly at this point since there will be sticky fingers and spills happening on the regular over the course of the next few years at our house.

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Fletcher fell asleep on the way home so I ran into Costco to grab some groceries for the week while Andy and Fletcher stayed in the car.

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I was in and out in record time and then we headed home to relax and gear up for another week!

Favorite part of your weekend?

Life Lately Vol. 9

One of my favorite things about our house is our front porch — sitting out there on a weekend afternoon or in the evening after work is one of my favorite things. It’s especially fun when Fletcher joins me — he loves to watch all of the neighbor kids play in the yards!

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Last week, Andy swung by our favorite smoothie shop on the way home from work — this refreshing smoothie enjoyed on our front porch sure hit the spot!

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My Mom’s Life group ended last month and I was so sad to see it come to a close for the summer — connecting with these girls twice a month at ML has been one of the highlights of my year. There’s just something about having other friends that are in the same season as you that is so refreshing! I just registered for the next session of ML which starts back up in the fall and I already can’t wait!

Lately I’ve had such a pull on my heart to create more community in my life and one thing that’s really been on my mind is starting up a supper club at my house this summer. I texted a bunch of friends — both new and old a couple of weekends ago to see if they’d be interested and it was SO well-received! So many of them responded with an enthusiastic “YES” — that this is something that they have been longing for as well. So — I’m planning to order some dining room chairs to go with our new table and hopefully setting up the first supper club evening in July!

The way that this will work is that I’ll host a dinner and invite my friends, who are then also invited to bring a friend if they so choose. We’ll connect over a meal and hopefully leave feeling refreshed and uplifted. I’m thinking it will be a great way to connect with my old friends, get to know my newer friends, and meet some new people in the process. I’d love to eventually start having us rotate homes, where different people will host — I feel like this has potential!

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I set some new fitness goals for the summer and was all motivated and ready to go — and then I came down with a sinus infection combined with my already-bad seasonal allergies. Womp, womp.

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Until this sinus infection is cleared, I’ve just been focusing on my nutrition as I usually do and then will get back to the gym + treadmill once I’m feeling like myself again.

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I also put in my notice at my job and will be starting a brand new adventure very soon! I worked in the Brand Design Lab within Target Creative for the past year and had an opportunity pop up that I just had to jump on! At Target, I worked on grocery, touching brands like Archer Farms, Market Pantry, and Simply Balanced — once in awhile I would work on their Up & Up essentials brand as well.

My new job involves designing, illustrating, and creating seasonal products for both Target and Walmart. I feel like this is right up my alley, especially with my background in designing products for Caribou Coffee, Ulta, and Papersource! I’m SO excited to start this new role and will be sure to share more once I get settled in!

What have you been up to lately?

Fletcher's First Memorial Day Weekend

It was a gorgeous MDW over here! Today’s a bit of a washout, but the last two days have been nothing but clear blue skies, tons of sunshine, and 70 degrees.

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On Friday evening, the clouds and rain cleared off to reveal a beautiful evening so we ate dinner outside on the deck and then Andy put out our new American flag that he purchased on the way home from work.

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We made mini pizzas out of these little gems that I picked up from Costco the other night and paired them with salad and watermelon. Side note, the above photo of my trunk was the result of going shopping while super hungry, ha ha!

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We also headed out to the local trail for a walk — it was so refreshing after such a gray, cold, and rainy week!

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We love this trail because it feels like you’re out of the cities and really out in nature.

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The next morning, I headed out to a local garden center to purchase flowers! This activity, paired with the bright sunshine made my heart so happy. Upon arriving, I chatted with one of the gardeners on site to ask about which flowers would be best for my front porch based on sun / shade cover.

After learning some tips and tricks, I walked around and started adding plants to my cart. While shopping, my auntie called me and she ended up joining me at the garden center! It was so fun to catch up for a bit while looking around at the different types of plants!

While I was plant-shopping, Andy and Fletcher headed to the arboretum with my Mother-in-Law and then went out to lunch. Fletcher had so much fun with Grandma!

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Upon arriving home, I immediately started planting. I ended up rearranging the pots a couple times, but am quite pleased with how they turned out.

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Now I just need to keep them alive until the end of the summer. :)

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Later that afternoon, we went on another walk and this time we stopped for an ice cream cone along the way.

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It’s always so fun to see Fletcher’s reaction when we go for walks — he just soaks it all in.

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He got another tooth this weekend so he’s been chewing on all the things lately! Poor little buddy!

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On Sunday, we spent the morning cleaning up around the house before heading out to run some errands and walk around one of our favorite lakes.

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It was Fletcher’s first trip to Home Depot and he slept the whole time! We didn’t really find what we were looking for, so we headed to the lake to walk around.

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On the way to run another errands, we decided to swing by Starbucks for a refreshing drink after our walk!

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Andy ordered their Strawberry Acai Lemonade and it was SO good — literally the perfect summer drink!

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I went with my usual venti iced americano. :)

We stopped at another store to look at their mulch and house numbers selection (we’ve been doing some minor updates to the front of our house since we moved in towards the end of the season last year) but didn’t see anything we loved. I read on the front porch for awhile and then we made dinner before Andy headed out for a bit.

While Andy was out running an errand, Fletcher and I went for a long walk. While Fletcher snoozed in the stroller, I caught up on a podcast.

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Fletcher also got a new seat this weekend and it was all fun and game until he tried to climb out of it. He is constantly surprising us because he just seems so much older than his four months! :)

We’re enjoying a lazy day at home today since it’s pouring rain and we go back to work tomorrow!

What did you do for MDW?
Twist, chocolate, or vanilla cone?