Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Vera Michelle- her final week as a 3 year old

(her favorite dress from Wee Urban... she has 3 that she rotates and they wash really well!)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Nashville Girls' Trip

 A few weeks ago, Vera and I joined our best friends Deanna & Salima for a girls getaway in Nashville!  Salima was turning 5, so we made a day trip to visit the American Girl Store.  I was just as excited as the girls! I let Vera take one of my old American Girl dolls and our "girls day" was all she could talk about for weeks!  We got ready to leave and I noticed she had rolled her pants up all by herself.  She said she wanted to match me and I couldn't handle her sweetness!!

 The cutest little friends ever!

And I think Vera was just as excited about the gumball machines in the mall- haha!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

1 Day Reset- Juice Cleanse with Sunshine Juice Co.

 I tried my first Juice Cleanse last week!  Initially I planned to do a 3-day cleanse, but a few things changed and I decided a 1-day cleanse would be a better first experience.  Overall it was delicious and refreshing.  It truly felt like the perfect "reset" for my body!
We have been trying to eat healthier in our home and cut back on sweets or what I like to call "filler snacks".  Ya know, the extra handful of goldfish after lunch or taste-testing desesrt while cooking dinner.  Maybe that's just me :)  I finally realized that while I am no longer pregnant or breastfeeding, my appetite is still eating for 2... and I needed to stop! This juice cleanse helped to do just that.  My appetite since the cleanse has decreased and my craving for coffee has decreased as well.  
The juices really did keep me feeling full all day long.  I actually saved the 2nd Mean Green for the next day because I couldn't drink it all!  I might have felt different after a 3 day cleanse, but I do think drinking tons of water & eating well leading up to the cleanse helped my body get through the day without any problems.  I drank all of the juices just fine- there were a couple I had to chug a little faster than the others because I didn't love the taste, but I'm still new to this juice stuff.  Hopefully I'll enjoy every one next time.  My favorite just might have been the new Sol H2O.  There is a spicy refreshing flavor that wakes you right up!

Anyways, I highly recommend trying one of the cleanses or running into Sunshine Juice Co. for a juice or smoothie this summer.  They are so kind and helpful in the store (or drive-thru!) so don't hesitate asking questions.  I can't wait to try their new summer juice flavor!

Have you ever tried a juice cleanse?  Do you have any tips for me on future cleanses? 3-day or 1-day? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Our Favorite Summer Park- Friedman Park

Our family has a new favorite spot in Evansville... well, Newburgh!  Friedman Park just opened Memorial Day weekend and we have already been several times.  It's a little tricky to find, but there are a few maps on this Facebook page {here} that are helpful.  The kids loved the swings, sand pit and unique play areas! The two large covered areas are great for an evening picnic or rent out for a party.  Patrick and JR can't wait to go fishing and biking on the trails.  The bathrooms and water fountains are a nice bonus :)

Friedman Park reminds us our favorite park in Louisville.  JR & Vera always ask to visit Nana's park, but now they ask about this one just as much.  I'm so thankful to have a new place to enjoy this summer!  See ya there!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Spring Clippings = Free Statement Decor

Of course, I love Myquillyn Smith's advice (The Nester!) to bring branches and free bouquets from your yard inside your home.  Her most recent Instagram posts have some beautiful photos showing what she brought indoors.  And her statement about azaleas {here} had me laughing!  Their blooms sure are gorgeous, but as she said... "It's their one week to shine before they go back to looking like shriveled burnt bushes in my yard." Glad I'm not the only one who thinks this :)

Have any favorite branches or spring flowers in your own yard? (or a kind neighbor?!) Take a photo and share with us! Comment below with a link to your Instagram photo or blog post.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Running into his next year of life like...

We have a walker! When he really gets going quick, Bauer starts with the cutest roar/giggle ever!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Every Spring is the Only Spring

“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.” - Ruth Stout

“Every spring is the only spring — a perpetual astonishment.” - Ellis Peters

Most of my veggie gardens are planted, so now we wait!  And hope that I remember to water and the puppy doesn't dig.  :)

Monday, April 24, 2017

Zoo Day with Sloane & Kiddos

Before Easter, we spent the most beautiful afternoon at the zoo!  Sloane, our friend & babysitter, met us for USI day.  I can't believe it took 4 years of living in Evansville to visit Mesker Park!  The kids did some crafts at the USI tent and got some snacks as well :) The weather could not have been more perfect for early spring.  It actually was pretty warm and those hills are NO JOKE!  JR loved the giraffes and Vera loved the "pink flamingo sign" (haha! We couldn't find the actual flamingos and she told us at the end that was her favorite!).   There weren't a ton of animals and the grounds weren't the prettiest.  There was a lot of construction and granted it's early spring, so maybe they will do some cleaning and updating soon.  I kinda felt bad for the animals, but hoping next time we go it will have improved.  It doesn't compare to the other zoos we have been to, but then again the price was like 1/4 of the other zoo costs so that was fair for the experience!  A cheap park experience where the kids can run and see some animals they wouldn't see in the forest ;) Next time we might try out the flamingo or swan paddle boats on the lake!