Pottery Barn Kids Nursery Reveal!!!

I am so excited to share the nursery remodel with you all!!! We had to convert our home office into a nursery in order to make room for baby curry #2. I felt extremely stuck on how to make it work, look and feel like a peaceful nursery. I did what I could and ultimately felt overwhelmed when all was said and done. The room did not feel peaceful or tranquil at all.

I then received the most amazing news! One of my favorite home stores, Pottery Barn / Pottery Barn Kids wanted to do a complete nursery makeover for us! I was so thrilled and honored.  They came up with a couple of themes and we decided to go Neutral, light and airy! They took all of my nursery dreams and made them come true. Honestly, they surpassed them. I feel so blessed to be able to bring our new baby home to a beautiful, peaceful and serene environment.

The other CRAZY thing is that they managed to get it all done while we were away in Cleveland for a short 3 days. When I arrived home the nursery was ready to go, complete with a bow on the door to welcome our new addition.

A few of my favorite pieces in the room are the gorgeous crib, organic bedding and the amazing changing station they created for us.  I am also now obsessed with the “rug on rug” look.

Thank you POTTERY BARN KIDS for making my nursery dreams come true!

 

 

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FITNESS FRIDAY: Easy Caprese (and video update)

Hi Guys !

I hope you all enjoyed your week! Here is a super simple caprese salad recipe that i’ve been making and eating all week long! So easy and so delicious! I also wanted to update you all by video this week about my/our fitness journey. Please share yours in the comments below. Enjoy the weekend!

Easy Caprese Salad 

Ingredients

6 -8 small fresh mozzarella balls

8-10 Cherry tomatoes

salt and pepper to taste

3 Leaves of fresh Basil (chopped)

A Drizzle of Aged Balsamic Vinegar

Directions 

Comine all of the ingredients into a bowl, drizzle with balsamic and enjoy! It’s really that simple, I love it. Be sure to use aged balsamic as it has a thicker and sweeter consistency.

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Baby and The iPad

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I wanted to take a moment to address my feelings on babies and ipads/tablets. Im going to go ahead and get straight to the point.  I LOVE the ipad for Riley, in moderation of course. If i’m in a tough situation like shopping at grocery store and she just isn’t in a patient mood that day I can whip out the ipad and get a good 15-20 mins to get all of my groceries picked out, bagged up and in the car. If we’re driving or flying for a long period of time she can be easily entertained with it. As long as it’s not an everyday thing, I’m okay with it. Completely satisfied with it actually. I get peace knowing that with today’s technology she’s not just watching a movie on her tablet, she’s learning on an alphabet app, or figuring out where her nose is with another.The possibilites are endless. I love that she can learn even when we’re on the move. Again, I said in moderation. I do believe that outside time and hands on play time is way more important for her development than any app on her ipad. How do you feel about “Baby and The iPad”? Let  me know your thoughts in the comment box below!

Thanks guys and Happy Monday!

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Baby’s 1st Smash Cake! (video tutorial!)

I decided to make Riley a healthy, low sugar and homemade birthday cake for her 1st birthday! This recipe is easy and yummy. I made a video tutorial for you guys just incase you want to know how to make it as well!

Please note *if making two small 9 inch pans instead of one big one, reduce the cooking time to 35-40mins at 350 degrees*

Be sure to pin, retweet  and follow!

Enjoy!

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An Afternoon Of Baby Fun!

My husband surprised me last week with a small family adventure. He took us to the Discovery Place Kids Center in Huntersville,NC. We had an absolute blast. Riley had a little dance party all by herself and even got to splash in some water. I can’t wait to go back. It was so sweet of my husband to research family friendly places in our area and execute the trip all on his own. He is such an amazing husband and father, I can’t say it enough.

If you’re in the Charlotte area and have little ones, I definitely recommend checking this place out. If you see us there say HI !!! Here are some photos and video from our little afternoon of baby fun. Enjoy!

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Riley’s Dinner!

Riley is now 9 months and exploring the wonderful world of food! We started her on solids when she was about 6 months old because she had more than doubled her birth weight and was simply ready to start. Starting solids with your baby truly depends on when you but most importantly your child is ready to start, they’ll definitely let you know in some sort of way. We started out slow with oatmeal cereal and worked our way into the “easy to digest” veggies like squash, sweet potato, peas and apples. Now at nine months we are exploring all types of healthy recipes and she is loving every meal.

Recently, I’ve been setting aside a small amount of whatever veggies and protein we are eating for dinner and making Riley a small serving of her own variation of our meal. I think this is a great way to introduce your baby to new foods and yummy combinations. We had lamb pasta the other night for dinner and this was the “pasta free” version I made for Riley to enjoy. Hope your kiddies love it as much as she does!

Lamb and Veggies! (makes 2 servings)

3 tablespoons ground lamb

organic cherry tomatoes (Halved)

a teaspoon of freshly chopped organic basil

handful of spinach

Grated Gruyère cheese (optional)

First and foremost WASH YOUR VEGGIES! Regardless of if they are organic or not, it is so important to wash your fruits and vegetables to ensure the best for you and your family. I opt for Honest Fruit & Veggie wash when I’m making a meal for my family. I’ll include a link below if you want to check it out :).

Cook the ground lamb in a small skillet on medium heat for about 3 mins. Lamb has a lot of natural fat so you do not need to add any sort of oil to the pan. Add in the tomatoes and cook until mashable. Lastly add in your spinach and basil.  Depending on your preference you can serve as is or chop it up a bit more in your blender. Riley is at an age where cheese is an option so I love adding a little Gruyère to this dish for her!  I let it cool and place it on her high chair tray so she can feed herself, she loves it! Enjoy!

Honest.com is your trusted source for non-toxic, high-performing, eco-friendly, and stylish products for your family.

(Try the Fruit & Veggie wash and let me know what you think! I love it.)

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Another Target Post

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Hey guys!

The weather has been fantastic here in the bay lately, so I decided to pick up some fun spring outfits for Riley! Naturally, I went to Target! They currently have the most adorable mix and match pieces. I got a couple of colored lace shorts and cute tanks for her at $8 and $12 a piece. Not bad right?

Just wanted to share with you guys in case you were on the hunt for some cute spring baby apparel! Have a great weekend. Enjoy!

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I am absolutely in  love with these baby headbands from an ETSY boutique called Little Hip Squeaks! I’ve never been a fan of putting Riley in a big bow headband, so this is a perfect alternative AND they stay on her head ( for the most part). I’ll include a link below to their site.

http://www.etsy.com/search?q=little%20hip%20squeak&view_type=gallery&ship_to=US&ref=auto1

Enjoy!

** I have not been compensated in any way for this post. Opinions are all my own**

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