Truth

You know when you’re 16 and staring in the mirror and think “I wonder what I will look like and feel like when I am older?” … And then you start to get older and some of the ideas you had at your 16-self end up being true and others don’t? And then, you do this same thing again at 18, 21 and 25 and so on? I always wondered to myself when I would start to physically feel older. Truth be told, my brain still acts a lot like a 10 year old. Happy go lucky, curious, believe in ghosts and boogie monsters. Foot off the bed at night?? No way, boogie monster is totally going to get me. But the one thing that I recently noticed at the age of 31 is how my body has started to feel different. After one child and years of running, typing, lifting, moving this way and that, I finally started to feel more intense aches and pains. I wake up with stiff fingers and hands and my legs hurt and ache for a full day after a 1 mile run and a good bit of stretching. I don’t want this to come across as complaining….it’s more for those that have wondered the same thing…. “when will I start to feel/look/act older?”

The most important thing is that, mentally, I don’t feel my age. Not even close. I am even blessed and lucky enough to have great genes that have me still looking pretty young. Well, genes and lots of great potions and lotions that help with fine lines and age spots. But, the physical piece has definitely started to come into play over the last year. It’s just interesting now all these years later after looking in the mirror just about 16 years ago that, for the first time, I kind of feel my age.

Maybe it’s time to start the fish oil and collagen supplements.

victoria

 

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Tucker’s Birth Story

Hi there! Long time, no post! I have been busy adjusting to life as a mom of two and boy is it an adjustment! I wanted to chime in today to share with you the story of my sweet baby boy’s birth.

Tucker Louis Carli was born on August 3rd at 4:30am. His first name is my maiden name and his middle name is after Matt’s paternal grandfather. He is quiet, calm, and snuggly – totally the opposite of his big sister.
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I was scheduled to be induced on August 4th, 4 days before my due date. I was induced with Lucy due to early Preeclampsia and it went really well, so I was a great candidate for induction this time too. I was feeling a little weird about it, like I was playing God or something. I was secretly hoping that I would go into labor on my own before and I got my wish!

My dad arrived on Tuesday night (August 2nd) at 10:oopm. That was about the time I started feeling what I now know were contractions. They felt very different from Braxton Hicks. It was more like period cramps very low in my stomach. I brushed it off at first, but by 11:00 I started secretly timing them because I didn’t want to stress anyone out. Matt went to sleep and I stayed up to chat with my dad. I crawledinto bed at around midnight and at this point my contractions were not consistent, but often enough that I was getting concerned. They were about 25-45 seconds long every 3-7 minutes and they weren’t that painful. I woke Matt up just so he was in the loop and I took a shower because I couldn’t sleep. In the shower I had two pretty painful contractions and decided it’s better to be safe than sorry. I had Lucy very quickly, so I didn’t want to play around and have an at home delivery this time around. I put on PJs, brushed my wet hair and Matt and I drove to the hospital at about 1:30am. Thank goodness my dad was there and could hang at home with Lucy.

At this point I really didn’t think I was in actual labor. We checked in and I turned down the wheel chair ride because I really wasn’t in that much pain. It was kind of fun to be in the hospital at night. It was peaceful and I felt like the staff was super attentive. They hooked me up to a few machines and checked my dilation. I was dilated to 4cm earlier that week at the doctor’s office and now I was almost at 6. So, just like that, it was time to have our baby! We were both in total shock. We were scheduled for an induction less than 24 hours later. Our birth photographer was scheduled, I was going to have my hair and makeup all pretty, and my family was all going to be there in the waiting room. This was not the plan little Tucker had though.

I immediately asked for an epidural because I know that can take some time. The anesthesiologist came in and was very nice and quick. Since I was having some pretty painful contractions at this point, the epidural didn’t hurt half as bad as last time. Thank you perspective! This epidural was completely different then the one I had with Lucy in more ways than one. My torso went completely numb, but I could still feel everything from my belly button down. The contractions got pretty intense and I was so scared. I held Matt’s hands and just cried through them. I was getting anxious about why my torso was so numb and anxious about the pushing because I knew that was coming up quickly. So queue a small panic attack…in typical Maggie form.

Before I knew it, it was time to push. I was terrified and excited at the same time. As you may recall, when I had Lucy we were laughing and joking through the pushing. Not this time! I felt way more than I had planned, but honestly it wasn’t that bad. I think I had built up the terrible pain of labor in my head so much that actual labor pain, while bad, wasn’t as unbearable as I thought. So me being a total scaredy cat may have helped! Also, the epidural could have been helping a little more than I realized.

After about 5 sets of 3 pushes, Tucker was here. He was so big compared to Lucy (7lbs, 9ozs). He had a large dark birth mark on his rib cage, which I immediately loved, and he was all boy, no denying it. They laid him on my chest and for the first time in a few hours I could finally breathe. It was an amazing feeling. I honestly couldn’t believe he was mine and that he was here. It was much more surreal than my first labor. I think that’s because of the surprise in which he arrived and the fact that with the second pregnancy you don’t have the time to sit and think about their arrival as much. It was an amazing, (expected) surprise, I guess you could say.

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He is very healthy and perfect. We are so blessed! After about 3 days at home I was admitted back into the hospital with Postpartum Preeclampsia. It was surprising, devastating, and worth a whole other post. I will be back soon with more details on that, but now we are all home and happy, spending our days watching back to back episodes of Gilmore Girls.

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Maggie

 

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Easy Chocolate Cream Cheese Croissants

There are plenty of nights that we finish dinner and have no dessert, but something sweet and delicious is all I can think about. One of my go-to throw-togethers are these chocolate cream cheese croissants. I typically always have these ingredients lying around and it satisfies my sweet tooth.

Easy chocolate cream cheese croissants

 

Here is what you need:

  • Chocolate chips
  • Cream Cheese
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Crescent Rolls (even biscuits would be delicious)

Easy chocolate cream cheese croissants
Directions:

  • Preheat your over according to your crescent roll directions. Roll out your crescent rolls onto a greased baking sheet.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together cream cheese and powdered sugar to taste. I typically use about a cup of powdered sugar to 8oz of cream cheese, but there is no wrong measurement here!
  • Scoop the cream cheese mixture into the center of the unrolled cresecnt rolls and then drop a few chocolate chips.
  • Roll the crescent rolls up and try to close all the ends so that nothing leaks out in the baking process.
  • Bake according to the crescent roll directions.
  • Optional: I melt some chocolate chips with a little milk or cream to drizzle on the top.

That’s it! Super easy! If you aren’t a fan of cream cheese, leave it out. It’s still great with just the chocolate. Enjoy!

Maggie

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Finding a Perfect Pair of Jeans

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Happy Monday everyone! As I mentioned last week, I am really getting the itch for Fall. During the late summer I always feel like it’s a good time to find a great pair of jeans that I can wear during those early Fall months. If you are anything like me, this process can take forever. I want the PERFECT pair. This is really hard and time consuming and frankly I do about 98% of my shopping online. So, yeah. How am I supposed to find the best pair of jeans if I am not in a dressing room with a stack of jeans to try on? That’s where Fitcode comes into play. After perusing Instagram this past weekend and stumbling across a great, weekend ensemble put together by a fellow blogger – Elly Brown – I immediately bombarded her with questions about the jeans she had on in said photo. She quickly responded to let me know that she found them through Fitcode. So, what did I do next? Googled Fitcode.

Fitcode is an awesome, quick and simple website that asks you a few easy questions to help match you with the best fit and flattering jeans. Eureka! Why didn’t I think of this?! The 4 questions are simple: curves, booty, thighs and size. They provide pictures of different body types to help you figure out which one you look most like and as soon as you finish….voila! They provide you with hundreds and hundreds of jeans that are good for you. Not only that, but they also have videos of girls with your same features modeling the jeans so you can see what they would look like on you.

Ah-mazing, right?! So, I inputted my info and perused some of the matches. I knew what I was looking for (dark-washed, distressed skinny jeans that i could potentially cuff) but didn’t know what brand would be best. According to Fitcode, the 7 for All Mankind Josefina is a good match for me. I did a little more browsing on the interwebs to find the best price and Nordstrom Rack had them on sale for $79.97. I could have purchased them directly from Fitcode as they provide a convenient link to the brand’s website; but, I am too much of a bargain shopper to settle for that. I suggest a quick Google search to find the best price once you have found the jeans of your dreams on Fitcode.

And there you have it, ladies. I will let you know how the jeans turn out. But, seriously this is such a genius idea and so cool. You should definitely try it out when you have 3 minutes. It doesn’t take longer than that!

Keep it lush y’all!

victoria

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Friday Five

Happy Friday! I can’t believe we are onto the second half of August already. This summer went by so fast. I have been dreaming of Fall, cozy sweaters, pumpkin everything, football and that first hint of crisp air. Thus, today’s Friday Five is all about the Fall.

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1| Audible – Okay, I know I am behind the times on this. But, I recently downloaded and tried Audible on a long car ride. I was immediately hooked. Do you ever feel like your brain needs a break from all the repetitive music on the radio? I do. Audible totally cured that issue for me. It’s free for the first 30 days and then $14.95/month thereafter. This fee includes one audiobook and 30% off all additional audiobooks purchased that month. I imagine falling in love with some new series this Fall while driving to work with a nice, warm pumpkin spice latte in hand.

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2| Rose Gold Hair Color – I change my hair color every season. It’s rare for me to keep the same color for more than 6 months. I am getting the itch for a change and I am leaning towards going for a rose gold color. It seems so perfect for Fall and there are so many shades and dimensions. I have an appointment at the beginning of September so follow up photos may be coming soon!

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3| Unique Finds on Etsy – So this isn’t strictly Fall-inspired; but, still too cool not to share. I was recently asked by one of my closest cousin’s fiance’s to be a bridesmaid in their wedding. I am so stoked! Francesca asked her bridesmaids via a handwritten and unique card she found on etsy from Give it Pretty.

Fall Cocktail Dress

4| Fall Fashion – Speaking of upcoming weddings, my cousin’s engagement party is this Fall in Miami. So, I am already starting to look for a cocktail dress. I am kinda obsessed with this dress. It screams Fall while still being cool enough for the Miami heat in November.

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5| Coffee Mugs – Who doesn’t love a new coffee mug for the Fall. I am eyeing a few to add to my collection for those *fingers crossed* hopefully, soon-to-be chilly mornings/nights when I want a nice coffee or tea or cocoa. Here are a few I found and like.

 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
victoria

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Series: Day in the Life, pre-wedding edition

Good morning friends!  Today I thought it would be fun to take you through a “day in the life” to get a little glimpse of the work from home life.  One caveat, this is pre-wedding (2 weeks out) so I’m a little more all over the place than usual.

5:45- alarm goes off, hit snooze

6:19- wake up, panic because I’m supposed to be at a West Coast Workout class at 6:30.  Luckily its only about 4 minutes from my house.

6:20- get dressed, make a quick Nespresso coffee (I do not workout or do ANYTHING before coffee)

6:25- walking out the door and texting my sister, who is meeting me at the class, to save me a spot please!!

6:32-7:30- hardest class ever with the owner of WCW, Tammy.  She worked us but I’m glad because it makes it worth waking up early!  After class, I show my sister the dress that just came in for me to wear to my rehearsal dinner.  It’s in my car bc it needs to be altered.  She approves so I’ll need to take it to the alterations place today to make sure I have it in time.

7:40- home, drink some more coffee, watch the Today show, chat with Steve

8:15- log into my comp, while its loading up I hop into the shower

8:30- sitting down to work in my bath robe and towel on my head.

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8:30-12:00 catching up on emails, meeting with my manager (without webcam thank god)

12:15- Steve and I head out to get our marriage license.  I have been going very minimal on the makeup front and actually keep this, this and this in a drawer by a mirror downstairs and usually just throw on some of each on my way out.  If you haven’t tried RMS makeup you really should!  Its all natural (made from coconut oil) and looks great on.

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Getting our marriage license!

1:20- getting the marriage license is way easier than I thought it would be and we get home right about 1:20.  We throw together some Turkey/Cheese roll ups and have a little salad for lunch.  We’re low carb-ing over here right now.  #weddingdiet

1:30-5:30 ish- working, few calls, building slide deck for meeting tomorrow, etc.

5:35- run over to the alterations place to get my rehearsal dinner dress altered.

6:00- meet Steve back at our house and decide we want to go out for a drink or two and dinner.  We walk to a place in our neighborhood and have wine for me, beer for Steve and some delish Artichoke dip #whatweddingdiet?

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7:30- walk home and turn on the Olympics.  I cannot get enough of the olympics!

10:00- bed time!

Hope everyone has an awesome Thursday!! xoxo

Annie

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Fall Fashion

Fall Fashion

I am getting to that stage in the summer where all I can think about is cooler weather, football and cozy sweaters and jeans. I have been eyeing all kinds of cute things popping up in all my favorite stores. I already purchased this English Factory dress because I knew it would sell out fast and it’s just too cute for the price point. Below are some of the items that are on my wishlist that I wanted to share with you. These army green jeans from River Island with the button detail at the ankles are to die for.

Have you started buying some new, Fall outfits? What’s on your list?

I am sure we will be sharing lots of Fall trends and sales throughout the next couple months. Stay tuned!
victoria

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Recent Random Purchase

Happy Tuesday!   Today I want to hop on to share a super random little device I bought last week on a whim.  I have a tendency to get really puffy in the face if I’ve had a weekend of over indulging or even if I eat a really salty meal.  I’ve heard of ice rollers to counteract that puffiness the next morning and figured, what the hay! I found one on amazon with good reviews for only $11.99 + free shipping 

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Ice Roller for Face & Eye,Puffiness,Migraine,Pain Relief and Minor Injury,Skin Care Products

About the Product (from Amazon.com) 
  • After getting up, massage before makeup to eliminate facial dropsy
  • Massage during mask caring to shrink pores and calm skin
  • Prevent wrinkles and improve dry skin
  • Massage eye socket and temples to relieve fatigue
  • Calm skin and reduce burns of skin after sun exposure. Alleviate neck and facial redness and fever for menopausal females.

So far I’m really liking it!  If nothing else it just feels really nice on my face.  I can’t say yet if it really does shrink my pores and reduce puffiness but I will let you know after I’ve used it a little longer.  I will for sure be using it on my wedding morning as I will absolutely be puffy from staying up late the night before at the rehearsal dinner.

Anyone else had some recent random purchases?? Please feel free to share below!

xoxo,

Annie

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Review Of My New Linen Bedding

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Hey there! I don’t know about you all, but I feel like the one area on our house that gets neglected is our bedroom. No one sees it but us and we aren’t picky! Well, before having this baby, Matt and I decided we wanted to splurge on some really luxurious bedding. It is crazy that we hadn’t upgraded to something nice yet, because when you think about it you spend a ton of your life in bed. And crawling into bed is the treat you look forward to after a long day, so it should definitely be a splurge, not a save.

Review of my linen bedding

I researched a ton on what the best thing to get was and kept coming across linen. It has many benefits, but one that drew me in was it’s durability. It gets better and better with age, so it’s a purchase that you can feel good about – like an investment. I also just love that relaxed, crinkly linen look. Well, as one would expect linen can cost a fortune! After some diligent research, I came across this amazing Etsy shop called VilendaLinen that has handmade linen bedding for half the cost of what it normally is at like West Elm for example. So I snagged a fitted sheet, duvet cover, and pillow cases in the creamy white linen. We don’t use a top sheet, as I strongly feel it’s a distraction from good sleep and unnecessary. Come to find out this is a very European thing…so fancy us.

Review of my linen bedding

Many of you might be thinking, “argghh white???.” Yes, white! We have had the bedding for about a month as I write this with 2 dogs and a gross 2 year old and no accidents so far. The white washed very easily and though it’s not recommended, my plan is that I lightly spot clean with bleach should anything stain. You can’t do that with any other color! Linen Bedding Review

So what did I think of the super affordable linen from the Etsy shop? Amazing! So it takes 4 weeks to make and hen about 2 to ship (because she is in Belarus) . So be patient. When we pulled it out of the packaging, it was pretty tough to the touch. After about a week of sleeping on it and a wash, it feels like a million bucks. It’s amazing how soft it has gotten in a month! I highly recommend this linen. Its cool and crisp and has this amazing inviting crumpled look that I adore.I would recommend getting her to add a zipper and ties so that you can secure the duvet insert.

Maggie

 

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Friday Five!

ONE || I am really loving watching the Olympics every night.  I’m usually (pathetically) in bed if not asleep by 9:30 but this week I’ve been staying up until midnight or 1 am.  I can’t get enough!  I found this buzzfeed post yesterday of 22 Olympic fails and could not stop laughing

 

TWO || Has anyone else tried Threading before?  I got my eyebrows threaded yesterday and I am an instant convert.  I used to get my eyebrows waxed but I would ALWAYS break out and be red and puffy for a day or two after.  So for a while I was just taking care of them myself but to be honest I wasn’t really doing anything.  Because I have some greek blood in me, they were starting to get out of control.  I was an advertisement for a place down the street from my house that offers threading for $8 so I figured why not?  I was blown away!  I didn’t break out at all and was only slightly red after the threading.  Also, it really didn’t hurt at all.  I’m a convert.

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THREE  || How can I justify buying this bathing suit?? At over $300 its more than a little steep but I tried it on earlier this week and I am OBSESSED.

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FOUR ||  I’ve been on a reading tear lately and really enjoyed these two lighter reads.  I’m now listening to Adnan’s Story on Audible and really enjoying it.  If you couldn’t get enough of Serial or Undisclosed Podcasts I would recommend this book to you!

Great Summer Reads

Great Summer Reads!

 

FIVE ||  Steve made these pork chops for our dinner this week and they were amazing!  We have tons of fresh rosemary right now and we found the bone in pork chops at Trader Joes for about 4.99.  Highly recommend you give it a try.  We served with roasted baby zucchini and sweet potatoes.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!  We are heading to Maryland for a wedding on the eastern shore!  Then its 2 weeks and finally our wedding weekend! woo woo!

Looking for more posts?  Check out a few of our past Friday Fives 🙂

xoxo,
Annie

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